Thursday, March 5, 2015

Spring Break in Texas

Record snowfall - over 3 inches - just days before Spring Break. I blame the groundhog.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katherine & Michael at Four Seasons

The new year’s first big wedding took place in the Las Colinas Ballroom at the Four Seasons on January 17, 2015. From the start it was evident that music was particularly important to the bride and her mom, who had stumbled upon a charming version for violin, cello and piano of John Legend’s “All of Me”. An arrangement / transcription had to be prepared for string quartet with piano and then edited for length to cover the bridal processional and circling of the groom, while maintaining the original arc of the song. Additionally, after the seating of the grandmothers, Boi V Shalom (Con te partiro) - featuring soloist Goga - was used as an interlude.


Fauré – Pavane, Op. 50
Rota – Theme from “Romeo and Juliet”
Lovland – Song from a Secret Garden
Bach – “Siciliano” from Flute Sonata No. 2

Seating of the Families
Chrissie Hynde – I’ll Stand by You

Boi V Shalom (Con te partiro) **

Jason Mraz –  I Won’t Give Up

Bridal Processional
John Legend – All of Me **

Beatles – All You Need is Love

Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

** with Goga, soloist / piano
Coordinator: Mary Wright Shaw - Diamond Affairs

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Eve 2014

24 December, 2014
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.


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

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


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

TOMASO ALBINONI  –  Concerto for oboe and strings in C-major, Op. 7, No. 12*
ARCANGELO CORELLI  –  Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 8  (fatto per la notte di natale)

* Steve Pettey, oboe

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Somewhere in Time

For this upcoming weekend's wedding ceremony, the couple Lauren and Amy had requested “Somewhere in Time” for one of the processionals. An arrangement for string quartet needed to be created - always a highly enjoyable task when the composer is John Barry - that would ideally capture the big cinematic sweep of the original film score, even when reduced to just four string players.

How did it turn out? We will find out on Saturday.

In the meantime, you can refresh your memory with the original from 1980:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mozart Requiem at St. Thomas Aquinas

All Souls’ Evensong and Mozart Requiem

Saturday, November 1, 2014

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

All Souls’ Evensong
6:30 pm

Followed immediately by:

Mozart Requiem, K. 626
7:30 pm

Performed by the Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir and orchestra.

Michael Conrady, Conductor
Dee Donasco, Soprano
Janna Hinebaugh, Alto
John Hendricks, Tenor
Patrick Gnage, Bass

Admission is free

Get a taste here:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lisa & John at Lovers Lane

For this particularly poignant afternoon ceremony - which took place at the Wesley Chapel of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church on October 4, 2014 - bride and groom had chosen an interesting and unusual music program that included a first for us (in three decades of playing for weddings): Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the recessional. With a suitably upbeat performance - leaning a little toward Rock n’ Roll perhaps - it actually worked really well.


Corelli – Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 8
Puccini – O Mio Babbino Caro


Seating of the Family
Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Attendant Processional
Bach –  Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Bridal Processional
Beethoven – Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Malotte – The Lord’s Prayer **
Bach – “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3

Unity Candle
Barnby – O Perfect Love **

Pachelbel – “Canon in D” 

Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Filip Fenrych, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

** with Lisa Nossaman, soloist

Friday, September 5, 2014

Laura & Jonathan at the Ritz

This beautiful ceremony took place over the Labor Day weekend at the Ritz Carlton. As is sometimes the case at those types of venues, things ran a little late - we actually had to stretch the prelude music program to a full hour, which explains the long music list below.


Purcel - Rondeau from "Abdelazar"
Mouret - Rondeau
Bittersweet Symphony
Im Yours - Jason Mraz
Breakaway- Kelly Clarkson
A Thousand Years
Song from a Secret Garden
Bach - Concerto for Two Violins
Bach - Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Holst - "Thaxted" from "The Planets"
Anne of Green Gables

Rabbi and Grandmothers
“Erev Shel Shoshanim”

Groom, Groomsmen and Bridesmaids
Jason Mraz– “I Won’t Give Up”

Bride’s Processional / Circling
Pachelbel– “Canon in D” 

“Siman Tov”

Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Crystal M. Frasier
Crystal Frasier Weddings

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


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Caroline and David at Rio Roca Ranch



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

Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bride’s Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary” 

Musical Offering
In Christ Alone *

Handel – “La Réjouissance”  from Royal Fireworks

Handel – “Hornpipe”  from Water Music

Arthur Busby, violin
Veronica Gan, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

* Bailey Weaver, soloist

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