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.

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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

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.

Somewhere in Time - arr. for string quartet

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
(map)

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


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.


PROGRAM:

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

Ceremony:

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

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

Unity Candle
Barnby – O Perfect Love **

Recessional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D” 


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
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.



PROGRAM:

Prelude:
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

Ceremony:
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” 

Recessional
“Siman Tov”

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

Coordination:
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.

Lana del Rey - Young and Beautiful - arr. for string quartet

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Multi-tasking

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Caroline and David at Rio Roca Ranch

PROGRAM:

Ceremony:

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

Bridesmaids
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bride’s Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary” 

Musical Offering
In Christ Alone *

Recessional
Handel – “La Réjouissance”  from Royal Fireworks

Postlude
Handel – “Hornpipe”  from Water Music


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Arthur Busby, violin
Veronica Gan, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

* Bailey Weaver, soloist

Coordination:
Lauren Connell
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Jenna & Jarid at Aristide


PROGRAM:

Prelude:
brass & strings alternating

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

Bridesmaids
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Bride’s Processional
Clarke – “Trumpet Voluntary”  (played by the brass quintet)

Interlude
Trad. Irish – “Be Thou My Vision”

Recessional
Handel – “Hornpipe”  from Water Music  (played by brass, strings and timpani)


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Emily Aquin, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello

and 
Perennial Brass Ensemble

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Sometimes life imitates art: Looking at the calendar this week we realized there were exactly four weddings and one funeral scheduled. What are the odds?


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Madison and Thomas at A Woman's Garden



PROGRAM:

Prelude:
Handel – Largo from Xerxes
Fauré – Pavane
Pachelbel – Canon in D
Vivaldi – Spring
J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major – Prelude
Purcell – Rondeau from Abdelazar
J.S.Bach – Air on the G-String
Mozart – Divertimento No. 1, Allegro

Ceremony:
Seating of the Family
Debussy – “Clair de Lune”

Bridesmaids
Massenet – Meditation from “Thais”

Bride’s Processional
J.S.Bach – “Arioso” 

Recessional
Mraz – “I’m Yours”

Postlude
J.S.Bach – “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3”


GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Gary Schnitzer, violin
Emily Aquin, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ladies in Lavender

Longtime friend, colleague and great violist April Kondrat - tracking down sheet music for her daughter’s wedding -  provided the necessary incentive for a string quartet arrangement of the “Ladies in Lavender” theme. The 2004 film’s original score was written by Nigel Hess and performed by Joshua Bell and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

While the music takes perhaps some inspiration from Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais”, it has sentiment, mood and cinematic sweep distinctively its own and would be quite perfect for a super romantic processional of family members and attendants, especially if timed out well with the music’s arc.

String quartet arrangement to "Ladies in Lavender" theme


Listen to Joshua Bell’s great performance:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Thousand Years

Lindsay & Matthieu, who were married January 17, 2014 in a beautiful ceremony at the Four Seasons, were very interested in having Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” played for their first dance. Since Hunter Sullivan and his band were also scheduled to play for the reception, it presented a great opportunity to create a custom arrangement for string quartet and piano**. Lindsay seemed also particularly fond of the warm, dark sound of a cello, which was duly given a prominent role.
You can listen to a sample from the rehearsal here

A Thousand Years - Cello part

PROGRAM:

Ceremony:
Grandparents and Mothers
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bridal Party
Hardy –  Theme from“Anne of Green Gables”

Bride’s Processional
Pachelbel – “Canon in D”

Recessional
Handel  – “Hornpipe” from Water Music

First Dance
Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”



GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Swang Lin, violin
Ordabek Duissen, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Beth Conway, violoncello

**Richard Martin, piano

Officiant: Rev. Marty Younkin  |  Love Notes
Coordinator: Kristen Powell  |  Amazing Events

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas Eve Souvenirs

St.Michael and All Angels Christmas Eve 2013 bulletin

J. S. BACH
Concerto in A major
for Oboe d’amore and strings
reconstructed after BWV 1055

I. Movement - No tempo indication
II. Movement - Larghetto
III. Movement - Allegro ma non tanto


Steve Pettey, Oboe d’amore

Swang Lin, violin
Amy Faires, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello
Roger Fratena, bass

St.Thomas Aquinas Christmas Eve 2013 bulletin

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Messe in G-Dur

Kyrie
Gloria

The Choir of St. Thomas Aquinas
Michael Conrady, music director

Aleksandr Snytkin, violin
Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, viola
Craig Leffer, violoncello

Gyros Quartet members rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas: 
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas
Gyros String Quartet rehearsing at St. Thomas Aquinas

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