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Rather than recount the details of the string duos performance at this event, which we were proud to be a part of, here are some comments from Jo-Anne the organizer, which speak for themselves:

“Dear Matthew & Duo d'Amore.

Thank you so very much for coming up and generously donating your time and talent for my Garden Party for BMT (Blood and Marrow Transplant) and the Ross Cathcart Legacy Endowment Fund of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation on June 16, 2013. The weather was less than ideal and you easily adapted to the conditions. The violin and cello duo "added a touch of class" and "was a wonderful complement" to the Garden Party. The musicians were very talented and professional. The selections you chose were perfect for the event. The live music truly added to make the afternoon a wonderful memory that will stay with me forever. I would happily, whole-heartedly recommend Duo d'Amore for any occasion.“

Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-Violin and Cello duo

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To get right to the point about this wedding ceremony—everything was exceptional, and the music choices went along with this. Jesu Joy was a wonderful song to start off the seating of the guests as the graceful and flowing melody could be heard as guests were being seated just before the start of the ceremony. Then came Pachelbel Canon for the  groom, bridesmaids, and flower girls. We worked on something special for the bride who wanted the Theme from a Secret Garden, which was stunning. The signing music by Vivaldi was introspective and soft, while the recessional music also by Vivaldi was bright, full and loud—perfect for celebrating such a beautiful wedding.


Seating of guests: Bach Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Processional (Groom, Bridesmaids, Flower girls etc.): Pachelbel Canon in D

Processional (Bride): The Song from A Secret Garden

Signing: Vivaldi Winter from the Four Seasons

Recessional: Vivaldi Spring from the Four Seasons


Wedding Ceremony Music: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets

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If there is a trend in the wedding industry, I would say that more and more couples are going outside of the box, and customizing and choosing elements of the wedding, whether flowers, attire, venues, readings and specially music that combines classic elegance with elements of contemporary and popular culture. While there are many more decisions for the clients to make, the result is often spectacular, especially of they have a wedding planner or in our case Duo d’Amore who can help guide them in choosing music so that it has the right fit for the client and for a wedding ceremony. In this respect Danielle and Dany did an excellent job!

Looking at the two modern songs by Enya and the Verve, they have a classical feel to them, but also are different enough to add a bit of additional excitement to the wedding ceremony.

Bridesmaids entrance - Bach Air
Bride's entrance - Only Time by Enya
Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria
Communion: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Recessional: Bittersweet Symphony

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Ensemble: Duo d’Amore-Violin and Cello duo

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Anyone who has been a client, or a repeat client of Duo d’Amore knows that we like to arrive early to events, no matter what. If it is a corporate event or a wedding, it’s always important to arrive early. What happens when you arrive early, and you have setup? Besides tuning, and warming yup, we often have several minutes to chat with venue staff, planners and of course the priest, officiant etc. Over the past few weddings, many of our conversations have drifted to talking about old vs new. What I mean by that is: how has the planning aspect of weddings changed in the past decades? Easy—in one word: Choice.

Choice is fantastic. Just 10 years ago, the process of getting married was straightforward: you met with the Church, they basically told you how the ceremony was going to go, and you let the organist choose the music, or you chose from maybe 5 songs and that was that. Now it is a totally different story and process, and in my opinion, must better for the client. Much more personal and maybe even meaningful, at least with regarding to all of the different decisions and customizable additions that can make a ceremony great. With music for example, you can now choose contemporary and pop songs, you can choose music to be performed during different parts of the ceremony, and you can even choose the ensemble or group you want to add that extra something special to your day. We are thankful to provide such a service to our clients, because we both love it, and guests and brides and grooms really pick up on our positive attitude.

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Duo d’Amore to perform at a Garden Party in support of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation

On June 16th, we are performing at a fundraiser in support of the Ross Cathcart Endowment Fund for Blood and Marrow transplant, held in a beautiful garden setting. The event promises to me fantastic—in addition to our beautiful music, guests can enjoy refreshments and a light lunch, admire the garden, and play at the racetrack! Garden photographs will be for sale. Tickets are a suggested donation of $100 and can be purchased at: ohfoundation.ca

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