Saturday, July 12, 2014

Young and Beautiful

Here is a new string quartet arrangement that started as a special request for next weekend’s ceremony at the “Four Seasons”: “Young and Beautiful” from the 2013 Baz Luhrmann film “The Great Gatsby”, composed and performed by Lana Del Rey.

The slightly haunting and somber ballad does lend itself well to the string treatment, and it is good to see a minor key piece enter the modern wedding repertoire. Under the Four Season’s moody lighting it should play beautifully for the bride’s processional.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Multi-tasking

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jenna & Jarid at Aristide


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
brass & strings alternating

Ceremony:
Seating of the Family
J.S.Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Bridesmaids
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bride’s Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”  (played by the brass quintet)

Interlude
Trad. Irish – “Be Thou My Vision”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe”  from Water Music  (played by brass, strings and timpani)


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Emily Aquin, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello

and 
Perennial Brass Ensemble

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Sometimes life imitates art: Looking at the calendar this week we realized there were exactly four weddings and one funeral scheduled. What are the odds?


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ladies in Lavender

Longtime friend, colleague and great violist April Kondrat - tracking down sheet music for her daughter’s wedding -  provided the necessary incentive for a string quartet arrangement of the “Ladies in Lavender” theme. The 2004 film’s original score was written by Nigel Hess and performed by Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

While the music takes perhaps some inspiration from Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais”, it has sentiment, mood and cinematic sweep distinctively its own and would be quite perfect for a super romantic processional of family members and attendants, especially if timed out well with the music’s arc.

String quartet arrangement to "Ladies in Lavender" theme


Listen to Joshua Bell’s great performance:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Thousand Years

Lindsay & Matthieu, who were married January 17, 2014 in a beautiful ceremony at the Four Seasons, were very interested in having Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” played for their first dance. Since Hunter Sullivan and his band were also scheduled to play for the reception, it presented a great opportunity to create a custom arrangement for string quartet and piano**. Lindsay seemed also particularly fond of the warm, dark sound of a cello, which was duly given a prominent role.
You can listen to a sample from the rehearsal here

A Thousand Years - Cello part

PROGRAM:

Ceremony:
Grandparents and Mothers
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bridal Party
Hardy –  Theme from“Anne of Green Gables”

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Handel  – “Hornpipe” from Water Music

First Dance
Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”



GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Swang Lin, violin
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Beth Conway, violoncello

**Richard Martin, piano

Officiant: Rev. Marty Younkin  |  Love Notes
Coordinator: Kristen Powell  |  Amazing Events

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas Eve Souvenirs

St.Michael and All Angels Christmas Eve 2013 bulletin

J. S. BACH
Concerto in A major
for Oboe d’amore and strings
reconstructed after BWV 1055

I. Movement - No tempo indication
II. Movement - Larghetto
III. Movement - Allegro ma non tanto


Steve Pettey, Oboe d’amore

Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello
Roger Fratena, bass

St.Thomas Aquinas Christmas Eve 2013 bulletin

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Messe in G-Dur

Kyrie
Gloria

The Choir of St. Thomas Aquinas
Michael Conrady, music director

Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello

Gyros Quartet members rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas: 
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sara & Jay at St.Rita Catholic Church

St.Rita wedding program

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Puccini – O mio babbino caro, from the opera “Gianni Schicchi”
Purcell – “Rondeau” from “Abdelazar”, featured in the movie “Pride and Prejudice”
Faure – Pavane, op. 50
Bach/Gounod – Ave Maria
Love theme from
the movie “Cinema Paradiso”
Portuguese Love Theme
from the movie “Love Actually”
Mozart – Divertimento No. 1 in D

Ceremony:
Mothers and Bridesmaids
Morricone – “Gabriel’s Oboe”

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” 

Postlude
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, mov. 1


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Eve with the Gyros String Quartet


24 December, 2013
On Christmas Eve you can choose this year again from either two afternoon services, or two Candlelight midnight services:

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
8011 Douglas
Dallas, TX 75225
(click here for map)

3:00pm and 5:00pm – Christmas liturgy with the Gyros String Quintet, trumpet, organ and choir.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
6306 Kenwood Avenue
Dallas, TX 75214
(map)

11:00 pm – Lessons & Carols
Midnight – Midnight Mass

or

Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church
8011 Douglas
Dallas, TX 75225
(click here for map)

10:00 pm – prelude with Gyros Strings, oboe and trumpets

J.S.BACH  –  Concerto for oboe d’amore and strings in A-major (reconstr. after BWV 1055)*
ARCANGELO CORELLI  –  Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 8  (fatto per la notte di natale)

* Steve Pettey, oboe d’amore

10:30 pm – Midnight Service:
HOLST  –  Christmas Day
MOZART  –  Sanctus from Missa Solemnis in C
WARLOCK  –  Balulalow
BERLIOZ  – Shepherd’s Farewell
and others

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sorolla at the Meadows Museum

Gyros Quartet cellist Mitch Maxwell warming up at the Meadows Museum
Waiting for the rest of the quartet to arrive

With acoustics that are beyond flattering, it was - as always - a great pleasure to play for last night's black tie reception at the Meadows Museum. As it turns out, Corelli’s Concerto grosso, op. 6, No. 1 and Haydn string quartets op. 9, No. 2 and op. 17, No. 5 fill exactly one hour.

Gyros Quartet:
Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

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