Thursday, January 30, 2020

Goin’ down Memory Lane

Longtime former Gyros violinist Vesselin Demirev came back to Dallas this past week as guest soloist with the Irving Symphony Orchestra to perform the Vivaldi / Piazzolla “Eight Seasons”. Thinking about tentative choices for an encore he asked if it would be possible to make an arrangement/orchestration of Paganini’s “Cantabile” (originally for violin and guitar, first published in 1922). And so adaptations for solo violin with orchestra and also a string quartet version were created in short order.

Paganini - Cantabile, arr. for solo violin and string orchestra

On the day of the concert - continuing a longstanding tradition - Vesselin participated in one of our wedding gigs as well. Conveniently placed between afternoon rehearsal and performance, it gave us an opportunity to run through the arrangement while waiting for the prelude to start.

Together with the obligatory breakfast at The Oasis it felt great to “get the band back together” - even if only for a little bit. Vesso, we miss you already!

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