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IU Jacobs School of Music, WTIU, and RIAX announce the release of a new documentary

WTIU Public Television and The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, are proud to announce that Circling Around : The Violin Virtuosi will premiere on public television stations throughout the United States beginning March 2006. The one-hour program, produced by RIAX in association with WTIU, documents the extraordinary life-journey taken by talented and dedicated young violinists from the IU School of Music String Academy (Mimi Zweig, director.)

This inspiring film follows the Violin Virtuosi through preliminary lessons and rehearsals, challenging master classes, and performances, taking these young "virtuosi" from stages in Bloomington, Indiana to France and Japan. In their own words, young violinists, their parents, and mentors provide a remarkable glimpse of what it takes to become a world-class performer.

In single-camera POV style, the viewer is invited to witness home life, personal sacrifice, growing friendships, musical struggles and triumphs, and the thrill of capacity-crowd performances. Circling Around features interviews with the world renowned (and former String Academy student) Joshua Bell and his mother; extended performance footage; and performances of Brahms, Copland, Sarasate, and Kreisler. The film also includes an original soundtrack by director/composer, Hideki Isoda, performed by jazz recording artist Sara Caswell.

Contact your local Public Television Station for information about the airing of Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi in your area. The program is being distributed by American Public Television program Exchange, and is available to stations beginning March 2006.


  • Filmed 2003-2005 (Locations: USA/France/Japan)
  • Duration: 56 minutes (TV version)
  • A production of RIAX Productions in association with WTIU Public Television and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
  • Producer: Hideki Isoda
  • 2nd Camera: Kenichi Tokita
  • Executive Producer: Steve Krahnke


  • American Public Television (APT)
  • Contact: Tamara Le
  • 55 Summer Street
  • Boston, MA 02110
  • 617-338-4455


  • WTIU Public Television
  • 1229 East 7th Street
  • Bloomington, IN 47405-5501
  • TEL: (812) 855-5900
  • FAX: (812) 855-0729


The film documentary Circling Around DVD video is now available for sale. The DVD includes special features: Extended Cuts, Full Audio Soundtrack "WIND" performed by Sara Caswell (Jazz Violinist), Commentaries, Online Interaction and more.