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Performance at Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence on January 29, 2015, violin and cello duo, Burlington ON

Yesterday, we performed an informal concert for the residents at Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence in Burlington, and it was a wonderful event, and a pleasure to perform. The residence has only been open since November, so everything is brand new. Upon walking up the large spiral staircase in the central lobby, we setup our music stands and chairs to the side of the piano, near the well appointed bar, where there were a number of guests from the residence. After introducing ourselves, we performed an interesting mix of classical music. First, we started with baroque works of music, or music composed roughly between 1600-1750. Popular classics by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, with a sprinkling of Pachelbel added as well. After we finished this set, we took a few more minutes to talk about ourselves as well as the type of music that we were just about to perform: classical, or music written from about 1750-1820. We included compositions by Haydn and Mozart and to name two very well know composers from that era. Before performing our last set of music, we took a few minutes to talk to the residents about our instruments, describing the different woods that the instruments and bows are made from, as well as the history of both our violin and cello. When we had finished our performance, we had the chance to speak with several of the residents who were very appreciative of our performance and had a number of interesting questions. We look forward to playing for the residents of Pearl and Pine in the future.

Special event musicians Burlington: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

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Our string duo, string trio and quartet has performed at Paletta in tn the spring summer, fall and winter, but there is something special about performing outside on a day like today, where it’s not too windy, hot or sunny, in short—perfect weather for a wedding ceremony. We arrived very early to the venue, and were able to have a word with the wonderful wedding planner Anne from White Orchid weddings. We have worked together at a number of weddings in the past, and it is always nice to see her.

We performed quite a few songs prior to the start of the ceremony, and when the ceremony stated, it was with a little flower girl who came out of the door an down the aisle, which was cute and a nice and unique way for things to get going. For the processional of the attendants and the bride we performed a beautiful rendition of To Love you More, made famous by taro Hakase and Celine Dion. The signing was equally beautiful, and we performed A Thousand Years by Christina Perry. We were lucky to be able to play the song twice through, as on the second time playing the cellist switched from pizzicato (plucked) to arco (bowed) proving a nice contrast and a richer sound just as everyone came back to the centre after the signing. When the bride and groom were pronounced husband and wife, we performed Viva la Vida. It was absolutely stunning!

Processional (wedding party and bride): Celine Dion: Love you More
Signing: Christina Perry: 1000 years by Christina Perry
Recessional: Coldplay: Viva la Vida

Ceremony musicians: Duo d’Amore-string duos, trios and quartets
Wedding Venue: Paletta Mansion, Burlington Wedding Ceremony
Officiant: Anne from White Orchid Weddings

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