Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Eve with the Gyros String Quartet


24 December, 2011
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, organ and choir.

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church 
5923 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
(click here for map)

Christmas Eve Music, 10:00 pm - with the Gyros String Quartet
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 10:30 pm

or

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

11:00 pm – prelude with Gyros Strings, 2 oboes, organ and choir

J. S. BACH  –  Cantata No. 61 - “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”
ANTONIO VIVALDI  –  Concerto for two oboes and strings in d - minor
J. S. BACH  –  Cantata No. 133 - “Ich freue mich in dir”

Midnight Service:
JOHN RUTTER – Candlelight Carol
J. S. BACH  –  Keyboard Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Amanda & Travis at HPUMC


PROGRAM:

Prelude
Corelli – Concerto Grosso op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
Mozart – “Divertimento No. 1 in D”
Bach – “Largo ma non tanto” from “Concerto for Two Violins”
Purcell – “Rondeau” from “Abdelazar”
Mouret – “Rondeau”  

Seating of the Families
Bach – “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Attendant Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Wagner – “Bridal Chorus”

Wedding Duet
Sager/Foster – “The Prayer”

Unity Candle
Malotte – “The Lord’s Prayer”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”

Postlude
Stanley – “Trumpet Voluntary”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Michael Shake, organ & piano
Tom Booth, trumpet

Vocal Soloists
Rachel Higgs
Sterling Shanks

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Anne & Travis at St. Thomas Aquinas


PROGRAM:

Prelude
Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”

Seating of the Families
J. S. Bach – “Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G-Major”

Attendant Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Ring Bearer Processional
J. S. Bach – “Sheep May Safely Graze”

Bridal Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”

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

Communion
Lovland/Graham – “You Raise Me Up”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Michael Conrady, organ

Coordinator: Sarah Pittman, Lagniappe Weddings
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gabriel Fauré Requiem at Northridge PC


Northridge Presbyterian Church
6920 Bob-O-Link
Dallas, TX  75214
(map)

Sunday, November 6, 2011
7:00 PM
choral concert with chamber orchestra*
directed by Grady Coyle

Program:
J. S. BACH – Toccata and Fugue in D-minor
J. S. BACH – Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in Bb-major
MARCEL GRANDJANY – “Aria”
GABRIEL FAURÉ – Requiem, op. 48


* The musicians:  
Sergey Tsoy – violin & viola
Jennifer Sweetman – viola
Norbert Gerl – viola
Mitch Maxwell – violoncello 
Nan Zhang – violoncello
Chris Pike – bass
Naoko Nakamura – harp
Gerald Wood – horn 
Heather Test – horn
Grady Coyle – organ & hapsichord continuo

The choir of Northridge Presbyterian Church

Admission is free

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mozart Requiem at St. Thomas Aquinas



All Souls’ Evening Prayer and Service of Light

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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

All Souls’ Evening Prayer and Service of Light
7:30 pm

Followed immediately by:

Mozart Requiem, K. 626
8:15 pm

Performed by the Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir and orchestra.

Michael Conrady, Conductor
Dee Donasco, Soprano
Tanya Deiter, Alto
Paul Kroeger, Tenor
John Hendricks, Bass

Admission is free


Get a taste here:


Friday, October 21, 2011

Haydn Project, part 3


This past Sunday, October 17, we resumed the Haydn Project - reading all 68 quartets in chronological order - after a long summer hiatus. Swang had his new violin with him - very exciting!

On the menu - after dinner* - were the 6 quartets in the op. 9 series, written ca. 1769/70 after a ten year break from the op. 1 and op. 2 quartets:
  • Quartet No. 11 in D minor, Op. 9, No. 4, FHE No. 16, Hoboken No. III:22
  • Quartet No. 12 in C major, Op. 9, No. 1, FHE No. 7, Hoboken No. III:19
  • Quartet No. 13 in G major, Op. 9, No. 3, FHE No. 9, Hoboken No. III:21
  • Quartet No. 14 in E♭ major, Op. 9, No. 2, FHE No. 8, Hoboken No. III:20
  • Quartet No. 15 in B♭ major, Op. 9, No. 5, FHE No. 17, Hoboken No. III:23
  • Quartet No. 16 in A major, Op. 9, No. 6, FHE No. 18, Hoboken No. III:24
Some of the standout moments were: the Adagio in No. 2, the Largo cantabile in No. 5, and the brooding d-minor quartet No. 4.

We finished after midnight, still willing to tackle a Mozart viola quintet, but relenting in the interest of good neighborly relations.

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

*Chicken Korma, Naan, Tomato and Quinoa salads

Monday, August 29, 2011

Jill & Alan at Katie’s Garden

This early evening ceremony took place on Saturday, August 27 at the lovely “Katie’s Garden” in McKinney. Announced as one of the hottest weekends this year, temperatures reached a furnace-like 109°. Fortunately we were set up in full shade, but not having to wear a tuxedo was also very helpful.

More information about Katie’s Garden here.



Program:
PRELUDE
The Cranberries – “Dreams”
Hardy – Theme from “Anne of Green Gables”
Morricone – “Gabriel’s Oboe”
Purcell –  Rondeau from Abdelazar  (from “Pride and Prejudice”)
Legrand – “Windmills of Your Mind”
Goodall – “The Lord is my Shepherd” from “The Vicar of Dibley”
Aphex Twin – “Jynweythek Ylow”
Aphex Twin – “Hy a Scullyas Lyf a Dhagrow”

PROCESSIONAL
Armstrong – “Portuguese Love Theme” from “Love Actually”

RECESSIONAL
MacMaster – “Mother Nature”

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

Monday, June 13, 2011

Heather & Carl at PCPC, June 11, 2011

For this very unusual ceremony mother-of-the-bride Gail gradually steered the music selections toward a subtle Italian direction. When she asked if it was possible to add an oboe to the string quartet, our good friend and colleague Steve Pettey came immediately to mind.  Steve performed as a soloist with us many times at the Dream Café in the ’90s and just last month at a Marie Gabrielle wedding ceremony (we are not sure if this sudden flurry of oboe and string quartet constitutes a trend, but think it's really cool).

The program centered around the Ennio Morricone classic Gabriel’s Oboe from “The Mission” for the seating of the family, but also gave us a chance to revisit the Marcello Oboe Concerto with the famous Adagio (J. S. Bach liked it so much, he transcribed it for keyboard).


Program:

Prelude
Purcell – Rondeau from “Abdelazar” (featured in “Pride & Prejudice”)
Sartori – Con te partiro
Vivaldi – “Spring”
Morricone – Love Theme from “Cinema Paradiso”
Rota – Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet”
Marcello – Oboe Concerto in C-minor
J. S. Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Ceremony
Seating of the Families
Morricone – “Gabriel’s Oboe”

Wedding Party Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Clarke – “Prince of Denmark’s March”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”

Postlude
Purcell – “Trumpet Tune”



GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Sergey Tsoy, violin
Swang Lin, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Steve Pettey, oboe
Colin Howland, organ

Coordinator: Emily Youngblood, Blessed Unions

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Once Upon A Time... Storybook Love, part 2

Ransley and Jamin’s wonderful wedding took place on Saturday, April 23rd, right before Easter, at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park. Featuring long-time friend, colleague and amazing musician Chris Carrington on guitar, along with the string quartet, this rarely used combination allowed for some unusual and imaginative music choices.

Gyros Quintet: Chris Carrington, Mitch Maxwell, Filip Fenrych, April Kondrat, Alik Snytkin

PROGRAM:

Prelude
Hallelujah
Con te Partiro
Gabriel’s Oboe
Yesterday 

Vivaldi  -   Guitar Concerto in D, RV 93

Ceremony
Family Processional
“Concerning Hobbits” from “The Lord of the Rings”

Entrance of the Wedding Party
“Chasing Cars”

Bride and Her Father
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

Blending of the Sands
“Storybook Love” from “The Princess Bride”

Recessional
“Viva la Vida”

Postlude
“Don’t Stop Believing”




Coordinator: Marsha Ballard French, Stardust Celebrations
Great photos by Sil Azevedo, Azevedo Photography

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Laura & Benjamin at Shearith Israel


This beautiful Jewish wedding took place over the Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Congregation Shearith Israel.

The ceremony called for 11 pieces (rather unusual) - many featuring Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker - for which new custom arrangements had to be created for string quartet and voice; standouts were the flower girl’s entrance - “Ima Yekara Li” and - for the blessing - “Yevarechecha”.

Program:
Seating of the Grandparents
“My Yiddishe Momme”

Groomsmen
“Jerusalem of Gold”

Groom
“Ose Shalom”

Bridesmaids
“Erev Ba”

Flower Girl
“Ima Yekara Li”

Bridal Processional
“Boi V’Shalom”  &  “Erev Shel Shoshanim

During the service
“Mi Bon Siach”
“Mi Adir”
“Yevarechecha”

Recessional
“Chosen Kale Mazel Tov / Siman Tov”

Gyros Quartet: Alik Snytkin, Jenny Sweetman, Norbert Gerl, Mitch Maxwell
photo: LifeAsArt Photography

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Once Upon A Time... Storybook Love

Here is another string quartet arrangement that started as a special request for this weekend’s ceremony at Texas Discovery Gardens in Fairpark: “Once Upon A Time... Storybook Love” from the 1987 Rob Reiner film “The Princess Bride”, composed by Mark Knopfler.


Since long time friend and amazing guitarist Chris Carrington is also on the job this time, it seemed strangely fortuitous that the track features guitar with orchestra.


Here is the original from “The Princess Bride”:


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Holy Week Through Mary’s Eyes



Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Highland Park United Methodist Church
Cox Chapel
3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205 Tel. (214) 521-3111
(map)

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater
(for soprano, alto, strings and basso continuo)


Terrie Preskitt-Brown - soprano
Natalie Arduino - mezzo soprano
Chris Brunt - continuo
Gyros String Quartet * with bassist Chris Pike

* Filip Fenrych, Emily Aquin violin, Jennifer Sweetman, viola, Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Admission is free

Monday, April 4, 2011

Paige & Travis at Watermark Community Church

Who would have thought that “Concerning Hobbits” would make for a good bridesmaids’ processional?


I wasn't too sure, but made the string quartet arrangement anyway, because I could tell it was important to the bride-to-be. As it turned out, it played very, very beautifully for the 12 attendants, 2 flower girls and ring bearer.

Here's the original from “The Fellowship of the Ring”:

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lenten Music at St.Thomas Aquinas




The Gyros String Quintet performs Vivaldi’s “Stabat Mater” and “Nisi Dominus” 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 8:00 PM.

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

Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

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

Program:

ANTONIO VIVALDI
Nisi Dominus, RV 608 & Stabat Mater, RV 621

Laura Bowden & Lilly Clark, contralto
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Emily Aquin, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Francesco Mastromatteo, violoncello
Tony Rosario, bass
Michael Conrady, organ continuo

Get a taste here:



Saturday, March 5, 2011

April & Caleb at Bella Donna Chapel

This mid-day ceremony took place on Saturday, March 5 at a new and unfamiliar location for us: the beautiful “Bella Donna Chapel” in McKinney, which - amongst many things to recommend it highly - has great acoustics (this is a musician's blog after all).

More information about the chapel here.



Program:
Prelude:
Bricusse – “Pure Imagination”
Corelli – “Concerto grosso op. 6, No. 8”
Rota –  Theme from “Romeo & Juliet”
Purcell – Rondeau from “Abdelazar”
Charpentier – “Prelude to Te Deum”
Bach – “Largo” from Concerto for Two Violins


Wedding Party Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Wagner – “Bridal Chorus”

Recessional
Mendelssohn – “Wedding March”

Postlude
Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
Vivaldi  – “Spring”









Friday, March 4, 2011

Kendall & William

This beautiful ceremony took place on February 19, 2011 at Highland Park United Methodist Church in the main sanctuary.



Program:

Seating of the Families
Handel – “Thanks be to God”

Wedding Party Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”

Meditation
Schubert – “Ave Maria”

Recessional
Mendelssohn – “Wedding March”



Gyros String Quartet
Chris Brunt, organ
Tom Booth, trumpet

Images courtesy of: Scott Hagar Photography




Thursday, February 10, 2011

Robin & Andrew at EM

This beautiful Jewish wedding ceremony took place on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at EM in the Design District.

The program centered around Leonard Cohen's “Halleluja” for the bride’s processional and featured Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker extensively. Custom arrangements for string quartet and voice were created for all ceremony songs with the exception of  “Erev Shel Shoshanim” and “Lu yehi” which were played instrumentally.

Rehearsing an hour before prelude with the cantor actually proved to be a bit of a challenge as the reception band was sound-checking at the same time in an adjacent room at full volume. The hazards of the gig :)



Program:
Seating of the Grandparents
Shemer – “Lu yehi”

Groom
Numberg – “S’u Shearim”

Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
Hadar – “Erev Shel Shoshanim”

Bridal Processional
Cohen – “Boi Kala (Hallelujah)”

During the service
“Mi Bosiach”
Mombach – “Baruch Habah”
“Im Eshkachech”

Recessional
“Chosen Kale Mazel Tov / Siman Tov”

Gyros Quartet: Alik Snytkin, Jenny Sweetman, Norbert Gerl, Mitch Maxwell





Coordinator: Meredith Commender, www.significanteventsoftexas.com
Great photos by: LifeAsArt Photography, www.laaphotography.com


Friday, February 4, 2011

Twice in a blue moon


Dallas on a Friday evening in the snow - it happened in February last year also. The time before that was in 1987.

Friday, January 7, 2011

The New Wedding Video

Recorded live at Perkins Chapel, SMU, Dallas, Texas on October 16, 2010

Condensed to just under 10 minutes - starting with prelude and culminating with the bride’s processional - this video provides an overview to the emotional feel and sound of a wedding ceremony with the Gyros String Quartet. While nothing can quite replace listening to the quartet live, we hope this brief sampler will give you an idea of the overall experience.



GYROS STRING QUARTET
Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Crystal & Adam - 1/1/11

What a great couple to start off the new year! This beautiful wedding ceremony took place on January 1, 2011 at the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas.




Program:

Seating of the Families
Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Wedding Party Processional
Purcell – “Trumpet Tune”

Bridal Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”

Postlude
Handel – “La Rejouissance” from “Royal Fireworks”












Coordinator: Emily Youngblood, Blessed Unions
Great photos by Sil Azevedo, Azevedo Photography

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Christmas Music at St. Thomas Aquinas

If you missed the Christmas Eve concert and mass, here are a few souvenirs - Mp3s, photos and video - from the morning rehearsal with:

Lori Fisher, soprano
Lilly Clark, alto
Mark Quintana, tenor
Peyton Strouth, tenor
John Hendricks, bass

The Choir of St. Thomas Aquinas

Gyros String Quintet:
Jing Wang, violin
Sergey Tsoy, violin
Jenny Sweetman, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello
Tony Rosario, bass

Steve Pettey, oboe
Ashley Howe, oboe

Deborah Stribling, organ continuo

Directed by Michael Conrady



J. S. BACH – Cantata No. 140 - “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme”

ALESSANDRO MARCELLO – Oboe Concerto in c minor
  • Adagio  (Steve Pettey, oboe solo)
ANTONIO VIVALDI – Gloria, RV 589
FRANZ SCHUBERT – Messe in G-Dur


Video clip: No. 12 (Finale) Cum Sancto Spiritu from Antonio Vivaldi's “Gloria”, RV 589:




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