Thursday, July 30, 2015

Melody & Geoffrey at Dallas Heritage Village

May 2015 turned out not to be a good month for outdoor weddings. Severe thunderstorms made it one of the wettest months in Texas history. According to The National Weather Service in Fort Worth, over 16 inches of rainfall amounted to more than 35 trillion gallons of rain - enough to cover the entire state of Texas in 8 inches of water.

Despite all this, Sunday, May 25th brought us one of the most charming ceremonies in recent memory. The location would have been the fountain / big tree in the historic Dallas Heritage Village, but of course the weather caused everyone to move into the adjacent small church.

There a most unusual program - on which the bride and groom had obviously spent much thought and care on - unfolded with an almost improvised naturalness. In addition, the readings featured poems by Pablo Neruda - “Sonnet XVII” (1959), and D.H.Lawrence - “Fidelity” (1919). Even the postlude - normally upbeat and a little boisterous, but this time calm and relaxed (Handel’s “Air” from Water Music) - seemed to be the perfect bookend as the sun broke through the rain clouds just a little.

Months later, that afternoon still lingers.

Gyros String Quartet at Dallas Heritage Village


Prelude I: Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie (1866 - 1925)
Prelude II: Pavane, op. 50 – Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)

Entrance of Family
Edelweiss - Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895 –1960)

Entrance of Bridal Party
Ladies in Lavender – Nigel Hess (from the 2004 film Ladies in Lavender)

Entrance of Bride
Stars and Butterflies – Dario Marianelli (from the 2005 film based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice - Mp3) 

Candle Ceremony
Pure Imagination – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)

Mother Nature – Natalie MacMaster

“Air” from Water Music– George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759)

Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

Monday, July 27, 2015

Katelyn and Ryan at HPUMC

Katelyn had a very specific vision for her processional music. She wanted to walk down the aisle to “In Christ Alone” and had found a version on YouTube she really liked. Would it be possible with a string quartet?

We liked the idea and ended up creating an arrangement - incorporating the Celtic feel of the video clip inspiration -  which allowed for just enough of an intro to create anticipation while the doors were still closed, and then built to a dramatic crescendo as she arrived at the altar. For full effect the organ - imitating the sound of bagpipes - was added as well.

In Christ Alone - arr. for string quartet and organ

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Patricia & David at HPUMC

The absolutely delightful flower girl in these pictures seems to have gotten side-tracked by those strange and fascinating instruments of the string quartet:


Chiming of the Hour

Seating of the Families
Largo from “Xerxes”

Processional of the Groomsmen
Be Thou my Vision

Processional of the Bridesmaids
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bridal Processional
Pachelbel - Canon in D

Embrace this Place **

Mendelssohn – Wedding March

Handel –The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Gary Schnitzer, violin
Saejin Yoon, violin
April Kondrat, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello

** with Shayne Green, soloist / guitar

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