I have had some clients ask if the Canon in D by Pachelbel can be played by violin solo. Here is a short excerpt of my arrangement.
I had just gotten home from playing an Easter Sunday church service when the phone rang. It was an inquiry to play violin for a proposal the next day, Monday. I had the evening free so we worked out all the details. I was to arrive at 5:30 at the spa at the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort. The couple would come in about 6pm, supposedly checking out the accommodations for a massage. The room would be decorated and I would play. Eight songs were chosen, the most important one being ” My Heart Will Go On”, the love theme from the movie, Titanic.
It was such a wonderful experience! The bride- to- be just glowed with happiness. It was all so romantic! The ladies who worked at the spa took pictures and a video. Phone calls were made to announce the happy news. This lovely couple was here visiting from Israel. It was a pleasure to meet them and be a part of their special memory of South Florida!
Last week, I got called early in the week to play violin solo for a vow renewal on Friday. The couple gave me freedom to choose the music, preferring mostly classical. Sandy and the staff at the Edgewater Beach Hotel did a tremendous job. It was a very intimate event and the weather was just perfect for a dinner on the beach. I really enjoyed performing for the 6 people for two hours, they were so kind. I feel fortunate to have gotten this last minute booking.
I have had several requests to hear Bridal Chorus played by violin solo.
This song is for Katie
Last week on Feb 25 and 27th, I performed in 2 chamber music concerts as a member of “Musica Bella”. This ensemble of flute, violin, cello and keyboard was the inspiration of cellist Diane Coffman. Originally called the Rauschenburg Quartet, we had performed daytime concerts at the Rauschenburg Gallery in Fort Myers. I am so honored to be a part of this group playing violin with these talented musicians: Wendy Willis (flute), Diane Coffman (cello) and Dr. Ron Doiron (keyboard).
Diane arranged for us to play a noon concert at Florida Southwestern State College in their Rush Library. We had such a great turnout of students, many of whom had never heard live music. I know most of them had been strongly encouraged to be there by their professors but their response afterwards was so very rewarding.
For the second performance, we were invited by CAPA, Cultural and Performing Arts Center, to perform a concert as part of their series. This concert was held at the Marco Island Center for the Arts and titled an “ala carte” performance. The concert was scheduled at 6pm.
We repeated the concert we played at the college with a few additions. Wendy and Ron spoke to the crowd about the selections in this intimate atmosphere and everyone appreciated the historical information they provided.
Here was the program:
Quartet in d minor by Handel
Tangos by Wendy Loomis
Paris Quartet in G major by Telemann
Blues by T. Lucas
Salon Quartet No.5 with melodies by Schumann
Extras we played at the CAPA concert. Audience members got to play, “Name That Tune” for prizes. Great fun put together by Wendy!
Habanera by Bizet
Pineapple Rag by Joplin
Drinking Song from La Traviata by Verdi
New performances will be planned for the fall.
I played solo violin for a wonderful event on Marco Island last night! Daughter Sandra arranged to have her parents renew their vows. It was their annual family reunion on South Beach, Marco island. Although living in California, she was able to plan the event and keep it all a surprise! It was the 47th anniversary for the parents and it looked like the whole family was able to be there. The weather was perfect on this August evening. I am so glad I brought my beach umbrella to provide some shade as I performed the wedding music.
Fellow vendors who were part of this celebration too were Phyllis, Officiant, of Weddings by Phyllis, Peggy Farren, Photographer, of Avant Garde Images and Peter and Debbie, videographers, from Irberseder Films. I don’t know who did the flowers but they were beautiful.
The guests began to arrive on the beach just before 6:00 pm. I played some classical pieces Sandra had told me she liked. When Phyllis walked onto the beach, I began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the Family. As Sandra’s Mother walked out with her brother, I played the Bridal Chorus. I attached my mute to my instrument and continued to play softly throughout the ceremony. Sandra had requested these pieces: A Thousand Years, Bach Air, Bach Arioso and Schubert’s Ave Maria. When the couple kissed and were announced to the guests, I concluded the ceremony with the traditional Wedding March. As pictures were being taken afterwards, I played lively classical pieces such as Beethoven’s Ode to Joy; Handel’s Hornpipe, Vivaldi’s Spring; Handel’s Le Rejouissance, and Mozart’s Alleluia. I completed my hour of performance and the family moved on to their dinner. Such a friendly happy group and it was a pleasure to be a part of this special day!