Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sara & Jay at St.Rita Catholic Church

St.Rita wedding program


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

Mothers and Bridesmaids
Morricone – “Gabriel’s Oboe”

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Handel – “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” 

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, mov. 1

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.


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

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

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 ...

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