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Astral violinist Hannah Tarley carries music across generations

Hannah Tarley is the third artist in our four-part series Inside Astral.
Photo by Ryan Brandenberg
Hannah Tarley is the third artist in our four-part series Inside Astral.

Violinist Hannah Tarley joined me for our third episode of Inside Astral. Her offstage work is some of the most important for bringing classical music to new generations: she’s a teacher, inspired by her mother, and the founder of Notes By the Bay, a music school outside San Jose.

Tarley’s introduction to music came when she wanted to join the group of people always playing music with her mother, and she brings that feeling of community to her school, as well as multiple approaches to learning, including through other kinds of art.

She performs with and on the Violins of Hope, which is both a collection of violins and the organization that preserves them — the violins all once belonged to Jews who either fled or were victims of the Holocaust. We also had an interesting conversation about one of the pieces, Marc Migó’s La seducción, which is about the cycle of a relationship started on a dating app.

John T.K. Scherch (JohnTK@wrti.org) shares the morning’s musical and other offerings weekdays on WRTI 90.1. Previously, he was the first new host on WBJC in Baltimore in nearly 20 years, hosting the evening, Sunday afternoon, and request programs, and he is also an alumnus of U92, the college radio station of West Virginia University and a consecutive national Station of the Year winner.