Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Eve with the Gyros String Quartet


24 December, 2012
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)

Prelude, 9:45 pm - with the Gyros String Quartet
Christmas Carols, 10:00 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 10:30 pm

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

ARCANGELO CORELLI  –  Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 8  (fatto per la notte di natale)
ANTONIO VIVALDI  –  Concerto for two trumpets and strings in C-Major
ALESSANDRO MARCELLO  –  Concerto for Oboe and strings in C-minor

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

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Andrea & Joshua at Stonebriar


This ceremony took place on November 3rd with near perfect weather at the Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco. All of the music chosen by the couple - both prelude and ceremony - was either from a film score or was featured in a movie soundtrack.

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Morricone “Gabriel’s Oboe”
From the movie “The Mission”

Bach
“Arioso”
From the movie “Lady Hawke”

Corelli
Concerto grosso Op.8, No. 8 (Adagio)
From the movie “Master and Commander”

Mozart
“Ave Verum”
From the movie “The Peacemaker”

Mascagni
“Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)”
From the movie “Raging Bull”

Elgar
“Salut d’Amor Op.12”
From the movie “The Legend of Tarzan”


Ceremony:
Seating of the Family and Attendant Processional
Puccini – “O Mio Babbino Caro”
From the movie “No Reservations”


Bridal Processional
Giacchino “The Married Life”
From the movie “Up”


Recessional
Boccherini “La Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid” (Passa Calle)
From the movie “Master and Commander”



GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Shawna Hamilton, violoncello

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jenny & Steve at Bella Donna


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
All You Need is Love 
Something
I’m Yours

You Raise Me Up
Here Comes the Sun
Vivaldi
“Spring” from “Four Seasons”
Bach
Air on the “G-String”
Bach
– Sheep May Safely Graze
Purcell – Trumpet Tune
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Ceremony:
Seating of the Families and Processional
Bach – “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Bridal Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”

Unity Candle
Schubert – “Ave Maria”

Recessional
Mouret – “Rondeau”

Postlude
Handel
“Hornpipe” from “Water Music”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Saejin Yoon, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Shawna Hamilton, violoncello

Glen Hummel, trumpet, flugel horn
Goga Denisov, vocalist


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Haydn Requiem at St.Thomas Aquinas



All Souls Day Commemoration Service and Requiem Concert

Friday, November 2, 2012

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:

Michael Haydn  - Requiem in C minor
8:15 pm

Performed by the Saint Thomas Aquinas Choir and orchestra, directed by Michael Conrady

Dee Donasco, Soprano
Sylvia Nunez, Alto
Paul Kroeger, Tenor
John Hendricks, Bass

Admission is free


Get a taste here:

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Kimberly & John at Piazza in the Village


Here is a good example just how much ceremony music has changed in the last few years: Kimberly and John were very hands on with the music selections, and in particular requested Dashboard Confessional’s “Stolen”, for which a custom quartet arrangement had to be created. We did start the evening off with Mozart though - it just didn't seem right without him.

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
MozartDivertimento No. 1 in D
U2 – “With or Without You”
Cranberries – “Dreams”
Kelly Clarkson– “Breakaway”
Coldplay – “Viva la Vida”

Ceremony:
Seating of the Family
“What a Wonderful World”

Attendant Processional
“Yellow”

Bridal Processional
Dashboard Confessional – “Stolen”

Unity Candle
“Gabriel's Oboe”

Recessional
“I’m Yours”

Postlude
“Don’t Stop Believing” 


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Arthur Busby, violin
Veronika Gan, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Marie-Thais Levesque-Oliver, violoncello
  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Yellow Tuesday “Horatian Temptation”

Violinist Sergey Tsoy - one of our favorite Gyros Quartet collaborators - performing one of his own compositions, Yellow Tuesday “Horatian Temptation”, No. 2 from Seven Concert Miniatures for Violin and Orchestra Op. 24 (2011).

He says the inspiration came from practicing Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and watching “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at the same time.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eden & Michael at Dallas Country Club



This poignant ceremony took place on July 14th at the Dallas Country Club. Eden had chosen the music herself, and in particular requested for her own processional a movement from Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 3 (‘Mishima’). As it turns out, it worked absolutely beautifully: she let the first 15 seconds build as an introduction, and then entered as the melody rose up.

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Handel“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
MozartDivertimento No. 1 in D
Bach
Concerto for Two Violins - “Largo ma non tanto”
Haydn/Brahms“St. Anthony Chorale”

Ceremony:

Seating of the Family
Bach – “Sheep May Safely Graze”

Attendant Processional
Bach – “Air on the G-String”

Bridal Processional
Glass – “Mishima/Closing”

 Hymn
“Come Thou Fount”

Communion
“Ten Thousand Angels”
 
Recessional
MacMaster – “Mother Nature”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Sergey Tsoy, violin
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Coordinator: Paige Chenault  |  Paige Chenault Events

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Haydn Project, Part V - The Sun Quartets


On Wednesday, June 13, we planned to get together for the 5th installment of the Haydn Project. On the menu - before and after dinner - were the six quartets in the op. 20 series, written in 1772. Haydn was now 40 years old, Mozart 16, Beethoven 2.

Considering that the op. 20 series is sometimes known under the nickname “Sun” quartets, it seemed a bit ironic when the evening started off with a violent hail storm that made the national news. Our little neighborhood got pummeled by hail ranging from golf ball to baseball in size. Within 40 minutes most cars on the street had lost their wind shields and in general started to look like dimpled golf balls themselves.



Some tidbits surrounding the Op. 20 series:
The autograph manuscript was owned by Brahms, who studied and annotated them carefully.
Beethoven, before embarking on his own first set of string quartets, opus 18, studied the scores of the Haydn Op. 20 quartets, copying them out and scoring the first for string orchestra.

The reason for their composition is unknown, but there is one interesting suggestion. In 1771, the year before Op. 20 appeared, a North German critic had lumped Haydn together with half a dozen other composers and complained of the “emptiness, the strange mixture of comic and serious, of the trifling and the moving” in their works and he went on to deplore their “great ignorance of counterpoint”. This criticism must have stung Haydn deeply. In an autobiographic sketch written in 1776, Haydn said that his works were enjoyed everywhere except in Berlin, where “they are incapable of performing some of my works, and are too conceited to take the trouble to understand them properly”. Op. 20 could have been a response to such criticism. A number of points support this. Three of the quartets end with fugues and counterpoint plays an important role in all of them.
  • Quartet No. 23 in F minor, Op. 20, No. 5, FHE No. 47, Hoboken No. III:35
  • Quartet No. 24 in A major, Op. 20, No. 6, FHE No. 48, Hoboken No. III:36
  • Quartet No. 25 in C major, Op. 20, No. 2, FHE No. 44, Hoboken No. III:32
  • Quartet No. 26 in G minor, Op. 20, No. 3, FHE No. 45, Hoboken No. III:33
  • Quartet No. 27 in D major, Op. 20, No. 4, FHE No. 46, Hoboken No. III:34
  • Quartet No. 28 in E♭ major, Op. 20, No. 1, FHE No. 43, Hoboken No. III:31
By midnight we had managed to read through Nos. 1 - 5, but decided to leave No. 6 for next time.

Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin, viola
Norbert Gerl, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello


Monday, June 18, 2012

Jennifer & James at Rough Creek Lodge


This beautiful ceremony took place on June 9th, 2012 at Rough Creek Lodge Chapel near Glen Rose, about 100 miles southwest of Dallas. We had been there a few times already and always enjoy the road trip, which usually starts with a home-cooked lunch before departure.
Longtime friend and terrific photographer Scott Hagar was on site as well and kind enough to let us use some of his images. Thanks, Scott!

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Corelli “Concerto Grosso No. 8”
MozartDivertimento No. 1 in D
ChopinPrelude, Op. 28, No. 13
GabarainPescador de Hombres
Schutte Here I am, Lord

Ceremony:
Seating of the Family
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Attendant Processional
Bach – “Sheep May Safely Graze”

Bridal Processional
Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Choral Benediction
“The Doxology”

Recessional
Handel “Hornpipe” from “Water Music”

Postlude
Handel
“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Photographer: Scott Hagar  |  Scott Hagar Photography
Event Manager: Alison Baker  |  DFW Events







Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jennifer & Matthew at the Arboretum


Outdoor wedding ceremonies are by their very nature a little risky. Even without rain, the Texas heat, humidity, wind and mosquitoes can make a musical performance challenging, to say the least.
Occasionally though, all elements fall into place, as they did this past weekend. What could be a more beautiful setting than the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum on a crisp Saturday morning in 70 degree weather?

PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Bach“Arioso”
Bach/GounodAve Maria
MozartDivertimento No. 1 in D
Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Ceremony:
Seating of the Family
Mozart “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” - Romance

Attendant Processional
Bach – “Air on the G-String”

Bridal Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Vivaldi ­­ “Spring” from the“Four Seasons”

Postlude
Mozart
“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” - Allegro


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Jing Wang, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Minister: Rev. Marty Younkin  |  Lovenotes
Event Manager: Sheila Leggett  |  Dallas Arboretum















Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ashley & Blake at the Four Seasons


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Vivaldi ­­ “Spring” from the “Four Seasons”
Handel
“The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”
Bach
“Arioso”
Mozart
Divertimento No. 1 in D
Rota
Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet” 
Rodgers/Hammerstein “The Wedding” from the  musical “Cinderella”
Bach
Air on the “G-String”
Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria

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

Attendant Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Wagner – “Bridal Chorus”

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

Postlude
Handel
“La Rejouissance” from “Royal Fireworks”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Alexandr Snytkin, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Marie-Thais Levesque-Oliver, violoncello

Coordinator: Lauren Schmidt  |  The Creative Touch
Events by Lauren

  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hazards of the Gig

It seems natural to assume when you enter a parking garage that you will be able to leave at some point.

Last night after a fun, if noisy, wedding reception at the Old Red Museum in downtown Dallas, we expected just that. But, to our chagrin, we found ourselves trapped in a garage without an attendant, a call button, or a slot for the gate controller to accept a parking voucher or credit card (cash only).

The attendant's booth did have an 800 number - which we called from a cell phone - only to be told insistently by the operator that we had to call from the gate controller or she would not be able to remotely open the barricade.


Sensing this was going absolutely nowhere, we eventually took matters into our own hands (literally), managing to raise the boom arm just enough, as luckily no SUVs were involved.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Allison & Nick at the Stoneleigh



PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Purcell – “Rondeau” from “Abdelazar”
Bach – “Largo ma non tanto” from Concerto for Two Violins
Bach – “Air” from Orchestral Suite No. 3
Fauré – “Pavane”
Hardy – “Anne of Green Gables”

Ceremony:
Family & Attendant Processionals
Bach – “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring”

Bridal Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

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


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

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Rachelen & Cyril at Royal Lane Baptist


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Corelli – “Concerto Grosso op. 6, No. 8”
Mozart – “Divertimento No. 1 in D”
Haydn/Brahms– “St. Anthony Choral”

Ceremony:
Family & Attendant Processionals
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Processional
Wagner – “Bridal Chorus”

Congregational Hymn
“How Great Thou Art”

Congregational Hymn
Matt Redman “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”

Recessional
Beethoven –  Joyful, Joyful  from Symphony No. 9


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


Friday, March 30, 2012

Haydn project, part IV


On Wednesday, March 28, we got together for the 4th installment of the Haydn Project.
On the menu - before and after dinner* - were the six quartets in the op. 17 series, written in 1771. Haydn was 39 years old, Mozart 15, Beethoven was one.

Some tidbits surrounding the op. 17 series:
The autograph was formerly owned by the Imperial-Royal Chief of Police Johann Nepomuk Neuwirth.  It seems that Haydn used to play the viola in the quartet get-togethers/rehearsals at the Neuwirths’ home in Vienna.

Aside from the business of composing music, the year 1771 was apparently made even more interesting by a bar brawl between the oboist Zacharias Pohl and the double-bass player Xavier Marteau, surely helped along by large amounts of beer, in which the oboe player lost an eye. It fell to Haydn, as Kapellmeister, to arrange peace between the two and to ensure that they kept their positions in the Esterházy musical establishment.
  • Quartet No. 17 in F major, Op. 17, No. 2, FHE No. 2, Hoboken No. III:26
  • Quartet No. 18 in E major, Op. 17, No. 1, FHE No. 1, Hoboken No. III:25
  • Quartet No. 19 in C minor, Op. 17, No. 4, FHE No. 4, Hoboken No. III:28
  • Quartet No. 20 in D major, Op. 17, No. 6, FHE No. 6, Hoboken No. III:30
  • Quartet No. 21 In E♭ major, Op. 17, No. 3, FHE No. 3, Hoboken No. III:27
  • Quartet No. 22 in G major, Op. 17, No. 5, FHE No. 5, Hoboken No. III:29
Some of the standout moments were: the Finale in No. 1 the Adagio in No. 5, and the C-minor quartet No. 4.


Our friend Craig Leffer, cellist and frequent collaborator, helped bring the evening to a close with the Brahms G-major sextet, for 2 violins, 2 violas and 2 violoncellos.

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



*Mozzarella Caprese, arugula and cucumber salads, various antipasti, two kinds of Wensleydale (see Wallace & Gromit), Spaghetti Bolognese, Black Forest cake.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Rachel & Justin at the Fairmont Hotel


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
U2 - With our Without You
U2 - All I Want is You
The Beatles - All You Need is Love
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Frankie Valli - Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You
Journey - Don’t Stop Believin’
Coldplay - Fix You
Jason Mraz - I’m Yours
Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
Nino Rota - Romeo and Juliet/A Time for Us

Ceremony:
Seating of Grandmothers and Great Aunt
Bach – “Arioso”

Attendant Processional
Bach – “Arioso”

Groom and his Parents, Flowergirl
Purcell –  Rondeau from“Abdelazar”

Bridal Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Siman Tov / Mazel Tov **


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Jing Wang, violin
Amela Koci, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

**with Eli Davidsohn, accordion 

Coordinator: Paige Chenault |  Paige Chenault Events


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Lenten Music at St.Thomas Aquinas, March 23

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

Friday, March 23, 2012 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 Jack Unzicker
  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, Filip Fenrych, violins, Norbert Gerl, viola, Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Monday, March 19, 2012

Adriana & Ricardo at Christ the King


PROGRAM:

Seating of the Families
Bach/Gounod – “Ave Maria”

Attendant Processional
Bach – “Air” from the D Major Suite

Bridal Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”

Unity Candle
Schubert – “Ave Maria”

Presentation of the Gifts
Handel – “Passacaglia”

Communion
Franck – “Panis Angelicus”

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

Postlude
Mouret – “Rondeau”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Amy Faires, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello

Henry McDowell, organ

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lenten Music at St.Thomas Aquinas, March 9


Members of the Gyros Quartet will perform Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Stabat Mater” and “Salve Regina” 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, March 9, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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

Program:

Alessandro Scarlatti  (1660 - 1725)
Salve Regina 
Stabat Mater

Camille King, soprano
Natalie Arduino, contralto
Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Marie-Thaïs Levesque Oliver, violoncello
Michael Conrady, organ & harpsichord continuo

Get a taste here:



Monday, January 2, 2012

Feast of Lights at St. Michael and All Angels


THE EPIPHANY

The Feast of Lights, Thursday January 5 at 6 p.m.

A service of Epiphany Lessons and Carols with Choir and Chamber Orchestra, directed by James Diaz, modeled after the lessons and carols service of King's College, Cambridge.
  • Aria in Classic Style—Marcel Grandjany
  • Hymn: Once in Royal Devid's City
  • Behold, the Lord the Ruler—Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
  • Adam Lay Ybounden—Peter Warlock
  • A Maiden Most Gentle—Andrew Carter
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night—James Diaz and Hyeon Jeong
  • All This Time —William Walton
Prelude/Postlude:
ERIK SATIE – Gymnopedie No. 1 for strings and harp  -  Mp3  (live from the service)
J. S. BACH – Overture / Badinerie from Orchestral Suite in B-Minor for flute and strings

Location:
ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
8011 Douglas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75225
map

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