The Emerson String Quartet is on my short list---I like Smetana & Janacek a lot. Salerno-Sonnenberg is not on my list; I saw her perform before and totally agree that she's sort of stiff. I have a friend who studied under Cho-Liang Lin, so I'd be interested in that show. Also, I have no explanation for this, but years and years ago, before I knew what a pipa was, I had a dream about an old Chinese man playing one, and in the dream I asked him what it was and he said it was a pipa. The next day I called a friend and asked, "Is there a musical instrument called a pipa?" I have been intrigued by them ever since! What is an erhu?