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

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Handel’s Messiah at St.Thomas Aquinas

 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


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

7:30 pm

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

Dee Donasco, Soprano
Arielle Collier, Alto
Charles Karanja, Tenor
John Hendricks, Bass

Admission is free

Some tidbits surrounding the Handel masterpiece: The music for Messiah was composed in only 24 days of what must have been some pretty feverish writing, considering it takes close to three hours to perform the complete work (the autograph score has 259 pages).

The first performance took place in Dublin on 13 April, 1742, attended by 700 people. In order to admit as large an audience as possible, gentlemen were requested to remove their swords, and ladies were asked not to wear hoops in their dresses.

The text was compiled by Charles Jennens, who, in the spirit of “everybody is a critic”, wrote to his friend Edward Holdsworth on 30 August 1745: “[Handel] has made a fine Entertainment of it, though not near so good as he might & ought to have done. I have with great difficulty made him correct some of the grosser faults in the composition ...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Stephanie & Eric at the Four Seasons


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Bach – “Siciliano” from Flute Sonata No. 2
Purcell – “Rondeau” from “Abdelazar”, featured in the movie “Pride and Prejudice”
Rota – Love Theme from “Romeo and Juliet”
Lovland – Song from a Secret Garden
Mozart – Allegro from Divertimento No. 3 in F
Bach – Largo from Concerto for Two Violins
Hagood – “Anne’s Theme” from the movie “Anne of Green Gables”
Bach – “Air” from Orchestral Suite in D


Ceremony:
Grandparents and Mothers
Jason Mraz – “I Won’t Give Up”

Groom and Parents
Weiss/Thiele –  “What a Wonderful World”

Bridal Party
Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”

Bride and Father
Weiss/Peretti/Creatore – “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”

Recessional
Coldplay  – “Viva la Vida”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Arthur Busby, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Beth Conway, violoncello

Coordinator: Mary Wright Shah

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Katerina & Lane at Stonebriar

Jewish weddings can occasionally be a little bit like tight-rope walking for even seasoned players, as the music is typically quite different from traditional Christian weddings. But, after a separate meeting with cantor Zhrebker and a half hour rehearsal with the quartet before the start of prelude, everything flowed beautifully last night for Kat and Lane's ceremony at Stonebriar Country Club. 


PROGRAM:

Seating of the Grandfather
Hirsh  – “Ose Shalom”

Groom and Parents
Lewandowski  –  “S’u Sh’orim”

Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
Levanon  – “Erev Ba”

Bride & Parents
Cohen  – “Boi V’Shalom” (Hallelujah)

Under Chuppa
Trad.  – “Mi Bon Siach”
Trad.  – “Mi Adir”  
Seven Blessings (a cappella)
Fried  – “Yevarechecha”  
Trad.  – “Im Eshkachech”

Recessional
Trad.  – “Siman Tov”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Jina Lee, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Shawna Hamilton, violoncello

Itzhak Zhrebker, cantor

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Concert at Northridge P.C.


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

Sunday, November 17, 2013
7:00 PM
choral concert with chamber orchestra

Program:
HANDEL – Organ Concerto Op. 4, No. 5
SCHUBERT – “Ave Maria”
J.S.BACH – Fantasie and Fugue in G-minor, BWV 542
MENDELSSOHN – String Symphony No. 10 in B-minor
SCHUBERT – Mass in G, D.167

Ashley Watson – soprano
Grady Coyle – director & organist
The choir and orchestra of Northridge Presbyterian Church

Admission is free

Get a taste here:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Haydn Project, Part VI - “Gli Scherzi”

Gyros String Quartet rehearsing Haydn op. 20 series

On Monday, June 17, we got together for the 6th installment of the Haydn Project. On the menu was the last quartet in the op. 20 series, written in 1772, which was left over from the year before. The main course would be the op. 33 series from 1781. Haydn was now 49 years old, Mozart 25, Beethoven 11.

The Op. 33 String Quartets were written by Joseph Haydn in the summer and Autumn of 1781 for the Viennese publisher Artaria. This set of quartets has several nicknames, the most common of which is the “Russian” quartets, because Haydn dedicated the quartets to the Grand Duke of Russia. Apparently, many, but not all, of the quartets were premiered on Christmas Day, 1781, at the Viennese apartment of the Duke's wife. (as we have also discovered, it is difficult - though not impossible - to work one's way through a set of six quartets in the course of a dinner party).

Some tidbits surrounding the Op. 33 series:
The op. 33 series is the only group of string quartets surrounded by extended periods of inactivity. Nine years between the op. 20 and op. 33 quartets. Six years elapse before Haydn undertakes the next series (op. 50, 1787)

In 1779 Haydn's newly revised contract with Prince Esterházy gave him the right to sell his own compositions. Evidently he intended to publish the new set of quartets, but to offer them beforehand to a select group of aficionados in the form of manuscript copies, by subscription. Timing appears to have been bungled by Haydn's publisher Artaria, who had jumped the gun in announcing to the general public the quartets were being engraved and would be available shortly. Haydn in an irate response complained that the integrity of his offer had been compromised. Things had to be smoothed out and Artaria delayed publication for several months. Haydn, in a move that has been imitated by others since (including Beethoven), sold the set simultaneously to Hummel (another Vienna publisher), claiming that Artaria's “over-hasty announcement” had forced him to offer the quartets “all over the place”.

Haydn himself famously described the op. 33 quartets as written in “a new, quite special way”. While this may be perhaps just marketing language, it also points to the fact that he is now writing for a different customer, who might be more interested in comic opera, street and popular dance music than the “learned” style of op. 20. (the finales are now predominantly in the new and fashionable Rondo form)

The first movement of Op. 20, No. 6 has the exact same number of bars (164) as the first movement of op. 33, No. 1.

Reception must have been quite enthusiastic: Besides numerous early editions there were many arrangements of entire quartets or individual movements - for flute quartet, piano trio, piano four hands,  piano and violin, solo piano, and even voice with piano accompaniment.

  • Quartet No. 29 in G major ("How Do You Do?"), Op. 33, No. 5, FHE No. 74, Hoboken No. III:41
  • Quartet No. 30 in E♭ major ("The Joke"), Op. 33, No. 2, FHE No. 71, Hoboken No. III:38
  • Quartet No. 31 in B minor, Op. 33, No. 1, FHE No. 70, Hoboken No. III:37
  • Quartet No. 32 in C major ("The Bird"), Op. 33, No. 3, FHE No. 72, Hoboken No. III:39
  • Quartet No. 33 in D major, Op. 33, No. 6, FHE No. 75, Hoboken No. III:42
  • Quartet No. 34 in B♭ major, Op. 33, No. 4, FHE No. 73, Hoboken No. III:40

The evening included, apart from the by now de rigeur Spaghetti Bolognese, a reading of two new arrangements:

Guns 'N Roses’ “Sweet Child O'Mine”
followed by
Vivaldi’s  Aria: Vedrò con mio diletto

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


Monday, May 20, 2013

Rebekah & Aaron at Royal Lane Baptist

Rebekah chose a particularly beautiful and poignant program for her ceremony which included the cue “Stars and Butterflies” from the movie “Pride and Prejudice” for her own processional. A custom shortened string quartet arrangement had to be created, which at 45 seconds long turned out to be absolutely perfect for the length of the aisle at Royal Lane Baptist Church (see mp3 below).

Stars and Butterflies arrangement for string quartet


PROGRAM:

Seating of the Family
Corelli – “Adagio” from Concerto grosso op. 6, No. 8

Attendant Processional
Hardy –  Theme from “Anne of Green Gables”

Bridal Processional
Marianelli – “Stars and Butterflies” from the film“Pride and Prejudice” - Mp3

Recessional
MacMaster – “Mother Nature” 

Postlude
Handel – “Hornpipe”from “Water Music”


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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kim-Anh & Whojong at Christ the King




PROGRAM:

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

Seating of the Mothers
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

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

Bridal Processional
Massenet – “Meditation” from “Thais”

Presentation of the Gifts
Trad. – “Be Thou My Vision”

Communion
Bach – “Prelude” from Cello Suite No. 1 in G
Schubert – “Ave Maria”

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

Postlude
Bach – “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3”


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

Monday, March 4, 2013

Lenten Music at St.Thomas Aquinas, part 2

The St. Thomas Aquinas Choir, sopranos Hannah Rigg and Dee Donasco, and the Gyros String Quintet perform Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” 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 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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

Program:

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater
(for soprano, alto, strings and basso continuo)
 
Hannah Rigg, soprano
Dee Donasco, soprano
St. Thomas Aquinas Choir
directed by
Michael Conrady
Gyros String Quartet * with bassist Jack Unzicker

* Gary Schnitzer, Saejin Yoon, violin, Norbert Gerl, viola, Shawna Hamilton, violoncello

Get a taste here:


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lenten Music at St. Thomas Aquinas, part 1


Two solo cantatas by J.S.Bach are 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, March 8, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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

Program:

J.S.BACH  (1685 - 1750)
Cantata  BWV 56  -  “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen”
Cantata  BWV 199  -  “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” (1714 Weimar version in c-minor**)


Camille King, soprano
John Hendricks, baritone

Steve Pettey, oboe
Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Cornelia Demian, viola
Karen Hall, violoncello
Michael Conrady, organ continuo 

**BWV 199 was only known in fragments, and was published that way in the old Bach Gesellschaft Edition until the full Bach autograph, which had come to Denmark through the Danish official, music collector and composer Peter Grønland (1761 - 1825), was discovered by the Danish scholar Matiennsen early in the twentieth century. It was printed for the first time in 1913. Since then four versions of the piece have come to light.


Get a taste here:

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Heather & Eric at Bella Donna



PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Purcell – Rondeau from “Abdelazar” 
Mouret Rondeau
Mozart
Divertimento No. 3 in F
Bach
– “Largo” from Concerto for Two Violins
Mozart Divertimento No. 1 in D
Hardy – Anne’s Theme from “Anne of Green Gables”

Ceremony:

Seating of the Families
Puccini – “O Mio Babbino Caro”

Attendant’s Processional
Schutte – “Here I am Lord”

Bridal Processional
Justin Rizzo – “The Wedding Song”

Communion
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”

Recessional
David Crowder Band  – “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Beth Conway, violoncello

Coordinator: Meredith Commender, www.significanteventsoftexas.com


Monday, February 18, 2013

Courtney & Justin at Perkins Chapel

Gyros String Quartet at Perkins Chapel

PROGRAM:

Ceremony:
Seating of the Honor Attendants
Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” 

Seating of the Families
Schubert – “Ave Maria” 

Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bridal Procession
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary” 

Meditation
Malotte – “The Lord’s Prayer”

Recessional
Handel – “La Rejouissance” 

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


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello 

Ashley Anderson Novak, soloist
Benjamin Kolodsiej, organ

Coordinator: Hannah Kohler, DFW Events

Monday, January 14, 2013

Eleanor Rigby

At the beginning of the year the first week - or so - is often especially enjoyable for musicians. The hectic schedule of the Christmas season is over and there is now finally a little time to hang out at home, watch movies and work on some music just for fun.

This year I decided to finally do a little “forensic” study of the seminal 1966 Beatles track Eleanor Rigby, which featured a double string quartet as the only instruments supporting Paul McCartney’s vocal.
The somewhat gritty sound has its origin, it appears, in McCartney’s worry that the strings not sound too “Mancini”, he wanted them “really biting” and non-vibrato. Engineer Geoff Emerick accomplished this through very close-up miking, unheard of at a time when quartets where traditionally recorded with just one or two microphones, placed high, several feet up in the air. This produced quite a bit of eye-rolling from the musicians, evidently, who got annoyed to the point that they declined an invitation to listen to the playback. Out of 14 takes, the last was chosen as the best, and the whole session concluded in less than three hours. Viola player Stephen Shingles remembers being payed 5 Pounds Sterling, the equivalent today would be ca. $110.



Getting to know the track intimately through the process of transcription, it becomes clear that producer George Martin’s masterful score is not only a model in economy - getting the greatest effect with minimal means - but also an essential partner in conveying the emotional tone of the vocal and lyrics. Since he is writing for what is really two players per part, subtle use of divisi is made from time to time as well. This, combined with the overall quality/age of the recording and mix, presents quite a challenge to listen into the sound and decipher what is going on, especially with regard to the inner voices.

After a week the transcription is finished as close as seems possible. It was fun living for while inside this little gem that so unexpectedly entered our collective consciousness some 46 years ago. I can actually still remember the impact of Revolver when it was first released and how ground-breaking, even shocking Eleanor Rigby in particular felt, though I was only 10 years old at the time. The world of music was not the same afterwards.

For those interested, more detailed background and history surrounding Eleanor Rigby can be found here: http://www.beatlesebooks.com/eleanor-rigby 


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Kristin & Ronnie at Bella Donna

Long time collaborator, friend and great oboist Steve Pettey joined us once again as guest soloist for what turned out to be the last wedding of 2012 for us (12/29).

Kristin, the bride, had actually been a student of Steve’s as a young girl and always pictured her teacher performing at her wedding. Having the luxury of this particular instrument combination to work with, “Gabriel’s Oboe” (from the film The Mission) was chosen for the bridal processional. In the lovely space and acoustic of the Bella Donna chapel nothing could have been more poignant and serene (see audio samples below).

For the Unity Candle Kristin requested the Adagio from Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in d-minor (Concerto a Cinque, op. 9, No. 2)



Program:
Prelude:
Schubert – “Ave Maria”
Massenet – “Meditation from Thais”
Bach – “Bist Du Bei Mir”
Fauré – “Pavane”
Bach – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”


Wedding Party Processional
Bach – “Air”

Bridal Processional
Morricone –  Gabriel’s Oboe”

Unity Candle
Albinoni – “Adagio” from Concerto a Cinque, op. 9, No. 2

Recessional
Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”


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

Steve Pettey, oboe
 

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