Sunday, October 30, 2016

Betsy and William at Arlington Hall

The Pavilion at Arlington Hall - Lee Park

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Elgar – Salut d’Amour (Liebesgruss)
J.S.Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families
Be Thou My Vision

Attendants Processional
Pachelbel – Canon in D

Bridal Processional
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years

Recessional
Handel – Hornpipe from “Water Music”

Postlude
Handel – La Rejouissance from “Royal Fireworks”


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

Coordinator: Victoria Petersen, Sweetpea Events

Monday, September 12, 2016

Audrey and Charles at the Aquarium

Nice mix of classical music for the prelude and then an all contemporary ceremony program:

Wedding program at Dallas World Aquarium

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Corelli – Adagio from Concerto grooso Op. 6, No. 8
Puccini – “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the opera “Gianni Schicchi”
Mozart – Romanza from “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families and Attendants Processional
PerriA Thousand Years

Bridal Processional
U2 – All I Want is You

Recessional
American Authors – Best Day of My Life

Postlude
Snow Patrol –  Chasing Cars


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Saejin Yoon, violin
Bo Landefeld, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Coordinator: Mary Lou Gibbons, Park Cities Events

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Rachel and Graham at Perkins Chapel

Gyros String Quartet at Perkins Chapel

One of the most poignant and really touching ceremonies this year took place at Perkins Chapel in late July. The room’s super lively acoustic and elegant understated decor combined with one of the more unusual programs in recent memory. Only two pieces were used for processional music: Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” - which never fails to convey a sense of utter serenity and spiritual yearning (reminiscent of Bach in a strange way) - and “The Swan” (Le Cigne) from Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals for the bride’s entrance.

The tricky part was to find a way to transfer the flow of the double piano parts of the original to the three upper strings in the quartet. The famous solo melody stayed with the cello, of course. Additionally, it needed to be no more than 75 seconds long and still have a beginning, middle and end. After several days’ worth of tweaking the arrangement and a few run-throughs at the chapel, I think it turned out to be a fantastic bridal processional piece.

Saint-Saens - 1886 manuscript of The Swan (Cygne) from Carnival of the Animals
The Swan - from Saint-Saens’ manuscript

Saint-Saens: The Swan - detail of the arrangement for string quartet
The Swan - adapted for string quartet


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart – Divertimento No. 1
Boccherini – Minuetto
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families and Attendants Processional
MorriconeGabriel’s Oboe

Bridal Processional
Saint-Saens – Le Cygne (The Swan)

Unity Candle & Family Prayer
Be Thou My Vision

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

Postlude
Handel – “Hornpipe” from Water Music


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Saejin Yoon, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Coordinator: Elizabeth Gonzalez - After Yes, LLC
Photo: Allison Davis Photography

Monday, August 15, 2016

Life on Mars?

This week's addition to the pop music repertoire features David Bowie's 1971 track “Life on Mars?” from the album Hunky Dory. The song’s slightly bizarre origins are best explained by the man himself:

David Bowie - Life on Mars? - for string quartet

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sigur Ros - Staralfur

The music of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós lends itself frequently to adaptation for string quartet. This latest one is from their second album - Ágætis byrjun - released in 1999. The track was also featured in the 2005 film “The Girl in the Café” starring Kelly MacDonald and Bill Nighy.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sharon and Austin at Perkins Chapel

Gyros String Quartet at Perkins Chapel

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Handel The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Mozart
Divertimento No. 1, Allegro
Mozart
A Little Night Music, Romanza
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Pachelbel
Canon in D
Schutte
Here I am, Lord
Massenet
Meditation from “Thais”

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families
Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe

Processional
Albinoni – Adagio from Oboe Concerto op. 9 , No. 2

Bridal Processional
Clarke – Trumpet Voluntary

Unity Candle
Hyfrydol Love Divine , All Loves Excelling 

Recessional
Mendelssohn – Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Postlude
Handel – La Rejouissance 

GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Cornelia Demian, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Photos:  John Cain Photography 
Coordinator: Fabulous Fete


Gyros String Quartet at Perkins Chapel

Mitch Maxwell, cello - Gyros String Quartet, at Perkins Chapel


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Seven Last Words

The Gyros String Quintet performs Joseph Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ” as part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Stations of the Cross and Concert Series. Stations begin at 7:00 PM and the concerts follow immediately at approximately 8:00 PM.



Admission is free.

Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM

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

Franz Joseph Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Christ, Op. 51 (Hob. III:50-56)
(version for string quintet)

The musicians: Gyros String Quartet * with bassist Tony Rosario
  1. Introduzione
  2. Sonata No. 1 - Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt
  3. Sonata No. 2 - Hodie mecum eris in paradiso
  4. Sonata No. 3 - Mulier, ecce filius tuus
  5. Sonata No. 4 - Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?
  6. Sonata No. 5 - Sitio
  7. Sonata No. 6 - Consumatum est
  8. Sonata No. 7 - In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum
  9. Il Terremoto - (The Earthquake)
* Aleksandr Snytkin, Ami Campbell, violins, Norbert Gerl, viola, Nan Zhang, violoncello

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ashlynn and Colton at Ashton Gardens

This warm and charming couple were in particular wondering if we might be able to play “The Book of Love” for Ashlynn’s walk down the aisle. A quick check on YouTube showed that the song had been recorded by Peter Gabriel for the 2004 film “Shall We Dance”. And fortuitously, in arranger Nick Ingman’s lovely score only strings were used to back up the vocal.

After some time spent listening and transcribing, a string quartet instrumental version was created and turned out beautifully for the bridal processional last Saturday at Ashton Gardens.

The Book of Love - arr. for string quartet


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Mozart – Divertimenti Nos. 1 & 3
Lovland – Song from a Secret Garden
Purcell – “Rondeau” from “Abdelazar”
Hagood – Anne’s theme from “Anne of Green Gables”

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Processional
Pachelbel –  Canon in D

Bridal Processional
Magnetic Fields / Peter Gabriel – The Book of Love

Communion
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Recessional
Beatles – Here Comes the Sun


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Veronica Gan, violin
Cornelia Demian, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Coordinator: Lauren Schmidt - The Creative Touch / Events by Lauren


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lenten Music, part 1

Handel's autograph manuscript of Salve Regina, HWV 241

Marian music by Handel and Bonporti and featuring soprano Camille King is to be performed this week as part of the St. Thomas Aquinas Stations of the Cross and Concert Series. Stations begin at 7:00 PM and the concerts follow immediately at approximately 8:00 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, visit the parish website at www.stthomasaquinas.org

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:00 PM

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

Program:

HANDEL - Salve Regina, HWV 241
BONPORTI - Clare Stelle, Motteto per la Madonna, Op. 3, No. 1
HANDEL - Haec est regina virginum - Antiphon, HWV 235

Camille King, soprano
Michael Conrady, organ continuo

GYROS STRING QUARTET
Cornelia Demian, violin
Emily Aquin, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

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