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Dueling Cellos at Burdock, Toronto

Toronto (and Duo d’Amore) cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt are presenting their own concert featuring works from composers such as Boccherini, Popper, Gliere and Coblentz, along with a few special surprises.  If that’s not enough to entice you, they will be playing at a wonderful new gastropub called ​Burdock​, at 1184 Bloor Street West, just west of Dufferin Station. Come enjoy some delicious food and tasty microbrew while listening to us rock out!

 

Doors will open at 7pm.  Tickets can be purchased for $8 in advance show, and $10 at the door.  If you happen to be a Facebook user,

clicking attend on the event page will help us get a better idea of numbers to expect!

Event Page

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645397009070575/

Tickets
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/972137

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Duo d’Amore on Great Canadian Weddings: Alex and Sean, September 20, 2014, Ottawa wedding musicians

We are proud to announce that this beautiful wedding was featured on Great Canadian Weddings blog, Facebook and Instagram, and our violin and cello duo great time performing for this beautiful wedding ceremony in Ottawa.

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The site is a great resource, and the photos are beautiful: http://www.greatcanadianweddings.com/new-blog-1/rfbuaji7j5nycgokg5fkiuf6cizeah

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Amber + Ben’s wedding ceremony at St George’s Banquet Hall, July 19, 2014, violin and cello duo, Waterloo Ontario wedding musicians

Thank you so much! It was amazing and the duo put it over the top” Amber and Ben

It was so nice to work with Amber and Ben to plan the music for their wedding.  In fact, Amber made everything so easy by choosing such great songs for the ceremony, with a wonderful flow, and a mix of high energy upbeat songs, more traditional classical and even some rock selections as well. The ceremony took place at St George’s Banquet Hall, technically in Waterloo but just a stone’s throw from the quaint village of St Jacobs. After arriving and setting up we performed a number of popular and classical selections for the guests arrival just prior to the start of the wedding ceremony. For the processional, there were two songs—one song for the wedding party (there were 5 bridesmaids) and another song for the bride. This was exactly the right choice, as two songs are better than one when there are more than two bridesmaids. The violinist and cellist started the ceremony off with Bittersweet Symphony for the bridesmaid, then expertly transitioned into Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the brides processional. Then came the vows and the rigs and the signing of the registry. The signing is a beautiful point in the ceremony for soft music, and the string duet performed Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years, and ended the song as the bride and groom came back to the centre of the aisle. As the officiant pronounced them husband and wife and they walked down the aisle we performed Sweet Child of Mine, which was a great way to get the party started as the couple and guests went off to the reception. Congratulations!

Photographer and photo credit: Clickr Photography 

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Summer 2015 Wedding Season; Feeling Thankful; Awesome Accolades and New Reviews

As June wraps up, wedding season is just about in full swing, and will continue until September, when things start to slow down. One of the great things (knock on wood) about 2015 so far is that the weather, while quite variable during the week, has been uniformly great across the country on weekends, something that we are thankful for, and we hope it continues all year long!

Another thing that we are thankful for of late is the awesome feedback and exposure that our string ensemble has received over the past few months.  Just a few weeks ago, a wedding that our Toronto wedding ensemble of violin and cello held at the Four Seasons was featured on the Wedluxe blog:

http://wedluxe.com/a-modern-black-tie-wedding-infused-with-elegance/

And just prior to that, another Toronto wedding ceremony that we performed at was featured on event source:

http://www.eventsource.ca/blog/cheryl-andres-stunning-wedding-malaparte

As if that weren’t exciting enough, we have received lost of great feedback from clients across the country, and here are two recent reviews:

My wedding was just this past Saturday and I have to say Duo D'Amore hit it out of the park! My ceremony music was exceptional! A big thank you to Matthew for all of his rapid communication with me! I must have sent the poor man 20 panicked emails after meeting with our priest each time and finding out about something that wasn't previously communicated to me that the musicians had to do. Matthew made sure everything was taken care of and always put me at ease. I would absolutely recommend Duo D'Amore to anyone looking for beautiful music for their event.” Elysse, bride

 

Thank you so much for your wishes below and please thank the duo that performed at my wedding – it was absolutely beautiful. They played wonderfully and I look forward to many future performances very soon!” Emily, bride

 

Photo: the beautiful ceremony site at Ravine Vineyards, Niagara

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Brittany + Rob’s wedding ceremony at Atlantis Pavilion, July 18, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto wedding ceremony musicians

The music was beautiful for the ceremony. I especially loved Pachelbel coming down the aisle and A Thousand Years by Christina Perri during the signing.” Brittany, bride

 

 

Brittany was great to work with. She has lots of great ideas for choosing the wedding songs, and we worked together to make sure that there was variety in the styles of music, as well as a great flow, which is very important. I enjoyed the fact that the ceremony started out with classical selections, and moved on to more modern selections as the ceremony progressed. The classical selections were quite upbeat: Bach's Jesu Joy has great movement as it is based on a dance tune, and it is also fun to walk down the aisle and Pachelbel Canon (in our version) also moves along at a stately yet brisk pace. The two of them work very well together for this reason. For the signing, A Thousand Years is a great addition to the program, as it slows things down a bit, yet injects a more modern vibe into the ceremony, which continues with  the great Beautiful Day, which not only ended the ceremony, but reinforced what a beautiful day it was!

 

Wedding party: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Christina Perri: A Thousand Years and Enya: Only Time

Recessional: U2: Beautiful Day

 

Toronto Wedding Vendors:

Event Planner: Jenny Foster Vaya

Venue: Atlantis Pavilion

Videographer: In the Moment Productions

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We were very happy with Duo d’Amore. We got a string duo (violin and cello) for our wedding last weekend. We had had the idea of having the theme from Zelda (beloved video game from our childhood with an awesome theme song) as our Recessional tune, but I wasn't sure how easy it would be to find musicians who would go through the trouble of making a custom arrangement for us, and I was worried such a thing might up the cost. They did a great job; many of our guests recognized the tune and commented on it, we got a lot of love for that one haha! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Duo d'Amore, especially if you want some awesome/quirky custom arrangements” Nadine, bride

 

Described as “the perfect vineyard wedding” by Vineyard Bride we were glad to have provided the soundtrack to the amazing ceremony. Our violinist and cellist performed the following playlist in the beautiful gazebo at Kurtz Orchards Farm Estate. We also had the opportunity to work alongside two very talented people, Megan  the wedding planner from Weddings Tied With Lace, which is always a pleasure, and Elizabeth the photographer from Elizabeth in Love. Great things happen with a great team, and the real congratulations go to the amazing bride and groom!

Bridesmaids' / flower children processional: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Bride's processional: Pachelbel Canon

Signing: Across the Universe and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

Recessional: Theme from Legend of Zelda

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New for 2015-Duo d’Amore adds ukulele to instrument lineup

New for 2015-Duo d’Amore adds ukulele to instrument lineup

We are extremely excited to add the ukulele to our wedding and event music starting in the summer of 2015. As far as we know we are the first Canadian wedding and event ensemble to do this!The ukulele is super hot and trendy at the moment, and we love it as well. Why the ukulele? As a classical and pop string ensemble performing especially for wedding ceremonies, our clients are always on the search for something new and unexpected, and the ukulele is perfect, and also sounds great with either the violin or cello. We can really see the ukulele working extremely well at small to medium sized weddings. Can you picture for example a classical string ensemble performing the music of Bach for the wedding party and bridesmaids walk down the aisle, and then switching to ukulele and cello for a Hawaiian version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow--it would be so unexpected and give a completely different, fun exciting sound to a piece that we perform with the violin and cello.

 

As we are just starting to put together our ukulele and violin and cello music, let us know what songs you might like!

 

 

 

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Jessica + David’s wedding at Hernder Estates Winery, July 5, 2014, violin and cello duo, Niagara wedding ceremony musicians

This wedding ceremony was bright, summery and (aside from the gale force winds) absolutely gorgeous. We arrived quite early prior to the ceremony, as this was our first time at Hernder Estate Winery, located just outside of St Catharines. We found the wedding planner and had a quick chat, and began to setup our chairs, and as the ceremony venue was by the pond, we brought along our tent, and set that up as well. We had to improvise as even though the pegs were into the ground, the tent was in danger of blowing away (see the trees in the background by the very talented photographer Robyn Russell). We borrowed a few rocks from the pond to secure the tent and all was well. By the time we ere setup (about 10 minutes) the guests had not arrived yet, and it is always nice to be so prepared well in advance.

When the guests began to arrive we performed some upbeat pop songs, including hits by Elvis and the Beatles, to keep the mood light and fun. During this time, Sheldon Kofsky the officiant arrived and we received a cue from the planner that the bridesmaids’ processional was about to begin.

The mood shifted with the music selections to include the lovely open knit and fresh sounding music of Bach when the four bridesmaids and flower girl walked up the aisle, and took their places. At that point we paused for a few seconds, and began the famous Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride and her father’s walk. When they had reached the front of the aisle overlooking the pond and bridge at Hernder, we created a seamless and melodic ending, which was perfectly timed.

The next part of the ceremony where music happens is during the signing of the register, following the vows and kiss. For this section the mood was a little bit quieter, as we performed Bach’s Sleepers Awake, before the triumphant Mendelsohn’s Wedding March was heard as the couple were introduced as husband and wife for the first time.

 

Wedding Ceremony Music Selections

Bridesmaids Processional: Bach Air

Bride: Pachelbel Canon

Signing of the register: Bach: Sleepers Awake

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

 

Niagara Wedding Vendors

Brides Dress: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses: David Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Moores


MUAH: Beyoutiful Brides


Venues: Hilton Fallsview Hotel & Hernder Estate Winery

Minister: Sheldon Kofsky


Musicians: Duo D’Amore


Florist: BBBlooms Floral Studio


Bakery: The Frosted Cupcake


Photographer and photo credit: Robyn Russell

Linens: Gotcha Covered


DJ: Alpha Audio Visual

 

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Andrea + Adam wedding ceremony at The Old Courthouse, June 21, 2014, violin and cello duo, London Ontario wedding musicians

Wedding ceremonies are full of planning and preparation, excitement and when the weather also cooperates, you get a beautiful ceremony like Andrea and Adams. This is something special, which does not always happen!

The music helped to create a wonderful atmosphere for the guest throughout the ceremony. I spoke with Andrea during the planning process, and she decided on the following ceremony music selections. Below each selection, I have made some notes on why these particular selections worked so well as performed by the violinist and cellist at The Old Courthouse in London.

 

Bridesmaid Processional - Moon River

This is a unique choice for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to. It really helps to create a calm mood, with a bit of sentimentality and wistfulness. The song provides a nice contrast (old vs. new, slow vs. medium slow) for the bride’s processional.

Processional - A Thousand Years

A new classic! A Thousand Years is really easy to walk to, and has a bit more drive to the music, something that is important to highlight the brides walk down the aisle.

 

Signing - Can't Help Falling in Love

With the previous selections, this works beautifully, as we slip back with a retro fell, but with timelessness as well.

 

Recessional - All You Need Is Love

This song is best described as being super fun and upbeat, and is a fantastic choice for the recessional.

 

Photo and photo credit: Dudek Photography

 

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Our ceremony was beautiful.  I was nervous and there were many things going on for me to recall the whole performance but parts of my recollection was how beautiful and a great complimentary the performance was.  Please thank the musicians for me that played once again as my husband and I thank you from our hearts for the excellent pieces that the two ladies did at our wedding.” Thuy, bride

We always enjoy performing at Casa Loma, and this wedding ceremony was no exception. The venue as as you can imagine (if you have never been there) is a large gothic revival building, which has the feel and grandeur of a castle. In planning the music selections, Thuy and John chose selections from the traditional classical repertoire that fit perfectly with their tastes, and matched the style of the wedding, as well as the style of the venue as a whole. Our violinist and cellist set up prior to the main arrival of the guests, and as the guests entered performed several selections of classical music to set and fit the mood, including movements from Handel’s Water Music. As with most wedding ceremonies, the ceremony begins with the bridesmaids walk down the aisle. Thuy and John really took advantage of the large aisle, and had a processional with considerable style: they not only had the bridesmaids walk down the aisle, but also included family members, flower girls and a whole procession of people, and they chose the wonderfully flowing and happy Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, which was an absolutely perfect fit. The bride walked down to Pachelbel’s Canon (again, perfect) then there was a break in the music for the important vows, and kiss. For the signing of the marriage documents, Duo d’Amore performed Bach’s Air on the G-string, which is one of our favorites, especially for the signing. As the couple was introduced, we performed Mendelsohn’s Wedding March.

 

Wedding party processional: Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

Bride: Pachelbel: Canon in D

Signing: Bach: Air on the G string

Recessional: Mendelsohn Wedding March

Video: Faithbooth

 

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Raylene + Trevor wedding ceremony June 21, 2014 at the Church of the Rockies, violin and cello duo, Canmore AB

I wanted to say thank you for playing at my wedding. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved having Metallica play walking down the aisle. Got a lot of comments. I didn’t have a chance to thank them after the ceremony so please do for me.” Raylene, bride

This ceremony was wonderful in a different sort of way, and that’s always exciting for us. The biggest difference between this ceremony and a lot of other wedding ceremonies that we perform at in Canmore or across Canada is that we performed Metallica's Nothing Else Matters in a church. That really does not happen too often so it was quite a fun experience for us, the guests and the bride and groom.

After the processional in the wedding, comes the vows, and just after the vows comes the next portion where music is typically performed: the signing of the register. From Metallica, what music was chosen for this: something else unexpected—the very traditional Bach-Gounod Ave Maria. This works perfect for the signing, as it is both long enough (as signings can last up to 8 minutes) and it is also more laid back. This laid back quality is just what is needed to contrast with the more upbeat recessional. Speaking of the recessional, this often takes place just seconds after the signing, as the officiant introduces the couple. For Raylene and Trevor’s recessional the violin and cello players performed Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary, to end the beautiful ceremony at the Church of the Rockies  with traditional and non-traditional elements.

Photo and Photo credit: www.Peakphotography.ca

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Amazing Star Wars wedding ceremony string ensemble music ideas

Ok, I’m just going to come out and say it—I’m 34 and just watched Star Wars for the first time the other day. Of course, I loved it, and thought that it would be a great idea for a wedding. Others have thought that way to, and you can read about interesting wedding ceremonies here.

If you do a Google search for Star Wars Wedding, a lot of what comes up is about costumes, hair, and other theme related details. However, as you can imagine, with Duo d’Amore, it’s all about the music. While we have performed Star Wars music at wedding in the past (namely the Imperial March) it would be great to put together a whole wedding with John Williams’ amazing score from the films. The string section of the orchestra features prominently in the film, and  any of our ensembles are perfect to convey the amazing compositions. Though there are many possibilities, I think this grouping would work particularly well:

Star Wars Wedding Program

Wedding Party Processional: Han Solo and Leia Love Theme, Empire strikes back

This theme is great to walk to as there is a slow but steady beat and it is quite lush. It is nice that the theme represents the love between the Han and Princess Leia, which is perfect for the bridesmaids and wedding party to walk to. It would make a great violin and cello duet.

Bride: Princess Leia’s Theme, Episode IV

This is the natural choice, and I would omit the introduction and start the processional head on with the main theme. Alternatively, it would be great to start this with the rebel fanfare, then lead into princess Leia’s theme. Either a duo, trio or string quartet could do this song justice.

Signing of the register: The Force Theme, Episode IV

While I originally thought the force theme would be a good option for the bridesmaids, It would actually suit the signing much better. This is quite a serious theme, a bit on the dark side (sorry about the pun) for the bridesmaids to walk down the aisle to, but perfect for the legal portion of the ceremony. This would sound great with the fullness of a string quartet

Recessional: Main Theme, Episode IV

To top it all off, the theme that everyone has been waiting for: the main theme from the film. This is the natural ending to a fun (and just a bit geeky) wedding! Again, the duo, trio and string quartet could really make this shine.

 

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Denise + Jason wedding ceremony at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Calgary

June seems so far away, but not when you compare it to the person whose anniversary it is today-today is the 309th anniversary of the death of Johann Pachelbel, the composer of the famous Canon, and lesser know gigue (or as we know it ‘jig’, a dance popular in the baroque). But this is getting far off the mark in terms of Denise and Jason’s wonderful catholic wedding ceremony at St Josephs’ Church in Calgary.

As the ceremony was catholic, we had the opportunity to perform some amazing and traditional wedding songs that work perfectly, and like Pachelbel Canon are well loved. Prior to the ceremony, we also performed a mixture of some soft and more upbeat classical music, before starting the music for the bridesmaids. As the first bridesmaid took a step and walked down the aisle, we performed Charpentier’s regal and almost march-like Prelude from TeDeum, an early hymn that is quite upbeat. This was followed by Pachelbel’s Canon for the bride. As this was a full mass, we also performed Bach’s Wachet Auf or Sleeper’s Awake for communion and followed that up with a perennial Bach favorite, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring. As the priest pronounced them husband and wife our final piece of ceremony music performance was Handel’s glorious second hornpipe from the watermusik.

Ceremony music:

Bridesmaid processional: Charpentier prelude from TeDeum

Bride processional: Pachelbel canon in D 

Communion: Bach Wachet auf (sleepers awake) 

Signing: Bach Jesu Joy of mans desiring 

Recessional: Handel hornpipe II from water music

Vendors:

Calgary wedding photographers, and photo credit – Christina & Nathan

Venue – Calgary Italian Club

Decor – Teal with Reflections Weddings

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Julia + Michael wedding ceremony at Cave Spring Vineyard, June 7, 2014, violin and cello, Niagara

 “Thank you for making such a special contribution to our day!” Julia, bride

June 7th, was truly a beautiful day—the weather was wonderful and the perfect day for a wedding ceremony. The wedding was held at the escarpment site (complete with a lovely pond) at Cave Spring Vineyards, just a few kilometers from Inn on the Twenty in Jordan. This site is particularly wonderful, as unlike the other vineyard site, this one is elevated slightly, so guests have a wonderful view of the vines and lake Ontario that is spectacular. Another interesting thing about this site, and why we love it so much, is that it backs onto the escarpment, which acts almost like an amphitheater for the instruments, reflecting the beautiful sounds of the string instruments with surprising clarity.

Julia and I spoke about the music selections, and she had a great list already planned, which worked out very well. The only suggestion I offered is to have a second song chosen in case the signing went overtime. She chose Counting Crows: Accidentally in Love which was a nice combination with the recessional song of Here Comes the Sun. It was a great day and all the guests had a wonderful time. We were happy to be a part of it!

Ceremony music selections:

Processional - A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)

Signing - All You Need is Love (Beatles) and Accidentally in Love (counting Crows)

Recessional - Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)

Wedding Vendors:

Bridal Gown – Becker’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal

Tuxes – Saxon for Men

MUAH – Christina at Niagara Mobile Hair

Florist – The Watering Can

Jeweler – Spence Diamonds

Minister – Judy Kofsky

Photographer: Robyn Russell

Bakery – Inn on the Twenty Restaurant

Videographers – Elle & Be Films

DJ – Patrick’s DJ Service

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Nicole + Michael wedding ceremony at Caffino restaurant, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto

This was beautiful, sunny day—just look at the wonderful light coming in through the windows, skillfully captured by Toronto photographer Justin Lucarelli, at Caffino restaurant.

All I can say about this wedding is Wow! Our violinist and cellist started to perform as the guests were arriving, giving them a few minutes to chat before creating a refined yet contemporary mood by performing interesting pop songs like Here Comes the Sun, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen as well as Can’t Help falling in Love, among others.

For the processional, the ceremony took a classical turn, as Pachelbel Canon was performed. During the signing, Bach’s Jesu Joy was performed, which is one of our favorite pieces for this portion of the ceremony. As signings can last 5-8 minutes (and this one was shorter than 8 minutes) Jesu Joy works perfectly—it does not stand our like some louder and more forceful pieces, rather it bubbles away like a pure mountain stream, and keeps the guests entertained. Just after the couple was introduced as husband and wife, amid clapping and cheering, we launched into the ever-popular Mendelsohn Wedding March.

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Jenny and Wayne’s wedding ceremony at St John’s Lutheran Church, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Waterloo ON

“The Musicians were wonderful!”, Jenny and Wayne, bride and groom

We have performed at St John’s Lutheran Church for many concerts and weddings over the past 15 years, and it was nice to be back to perform this wedding ceremony. In speaking with the bride, the couple was looking for mainly popular music with a few classical pieces added for variety. This is the type of wedding program that we perform outdoors or in a secular context, and it was quite nice that the church is relaxed about what kind of music they allow, as it affords the couple an opportunity to experiment and have exactly the music they would like at the wedding ceremony, be it pop, contemporary or traditional, and everything in between.

Prelude: Today, Concerning Hobbits, Yellow, Can't Help Falling in Love, Dream

Bridal Party Processional - Pachelbel Canon in D

Bride Processional - A Thousand Years

Signing - Here Comes the Sun

Recessional - River Flows in You

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Kristina and Dean’s wedding ceremony at The Beach House, June 7, 2014, violin and cello duo, Victoria BC

“Thank you! Your musicians were wonderful, and we are grateful that they could work in a composition of You Hand in Mine which was beautiful, and exactly how we pictured Kristina's walk down the aisle. Take care, and thanks again!” Dean & Kristina, bride and groom

This Victoria BC wedding combined classical elegance with a custom modern arrangement, and a fun upbeat recessional, for an amazing combined effect. Our violinist and cellist had a lot of fun performing these musical selections at The Beach House, and that really came through in the performance, as it created a great vibe, hovering between traditional classical music, and an unexpected modern twist, something that, not to brag, but we are very good at!

It was a true pleasure for Duo d’Amore to perform, and we look forward to returning to this beautiful location in the future. Our congratulations to the bride and groom, as well!

Bridesmaid processional: Bach - Air on the G String

Bridal processional: Exposions in the Sky - Your Hand in Mine

Signing:  Bach - Gounod Ave Maria

Recessional: Beatles - Here Comes the Sun

Photographer and photo credit: Jen Steele

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Diana’s wedding ceremony at the Gates on Roblin, June 1, 2014, violin and cello duo, Headlingly MB

“The violin and cello were amazing!” Diana, bride

It is always great to work with clients that are enthusiastic and excited about planning, and Diana was a pleasure to work with. She provided me with many song options for the beautiful outdoor wedding at the Gates on Roblin, a wonderful restaurant and wedding venue, just outside of Winnipeg. The bride was interested in a pop oriented prelude, with a wedding ceremony that blended both pop and classical music to add a traditional touch. Of the songs that she chose were a great fit, ad we received many great comments about the performance of the violinist and cellist, from the bride and groom as well as the guests.

Prelude:

Can't help falling in love

Con te partiro 

Fields of gold 

Fix you 

Halo

The Rose

Ceremony:

Processional: A Thousand Years

Signing: Bach-Gounod: Ave Maria 

Recessional- I think I wanna marry you

 

Photo and Photo credit: The Gates on Roblin

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Marie-Eve and Marc’s wedding ceremony at The Cove, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Westport ON

“Everything was more than perfect! Thank you so much!” Marie-Eve, bride

This was a picture perfect outdoor wedding, as you can see from the photo and if you look at the photos from the very talented Amy Eaton. The weather at The Cove in Westport was perfect, the ambiance, flowers, music—just everything. Marie-Eve and Marc were extremely easy to work with, and they selected warm, spring like music that especially complemented the ceremony. To start the string duo performed Christina Perri’s A Thousand years. In this arrangement the violin has the melody while the cello accompanies, and it is a very effective song for the processional at an outdoor wedding. The signing was Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, which brings the excitement down considerable, but the romance up a few notches (which of course is important in a wedding ceremony). To conclude the ceremony, the very popular and also romantic by with a bit more of a beat, Somewhere over the Rainbow.

Processional: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

Signing: Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

Recessional: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Amy Eaton Photography

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Patricia and Tuomas’s wedding ceremony at the Old Mill Toronto, May 31, 2014, violin and cello duo, Toronto ON

Patricia and Tuomas had an intimate wedding ceremony at the beautiful chapel of the Old Mill in Toronto. When they first contacted Duo d’Amore, they were interested in having ceremony music that was part modern, part classical, and elegant but also upbeat. With a gust list of around 75 people, they decided on having the violin and cello duo, which is an excellent choice as the duo doe not overpower the room (as the Chapel is on the small side) but rather fills the space with a warm, vibrant sound. All the wood in the room helps to achieve this. For their wedding ceremony selections, following the prelude (where we performed a mix of popular music and classical music) we started the ceremony with an incredibly elegant but flowing piece of music: Bach Jesu Joy. While this is a relatively traditional piece of music, it just moves along with a great beat that gets everyone n the mood for a lovely ceremony. Following that was the Brides entrance where we performed A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. We love the juxtaposition of Modern music with classical, and Patricia was glad to be able to hear both of our music samples of these pieces. Following the vows was the signing of the register where we performed Bach-Gounoud’s Ave Maria. This version brings wonderful romantic warmth, as both the violin and cello have solo moments where each instrument has the melody, and it’s a spectacular arrangement, and well suited to the signing of the register. For the exciting and upbeat recessional music, our string players performed Here Comes the Sun and as the guest s exited the chapel, All You Need is Love, among other selections.

 

Processional (bridesmaid's/parents)-Bach Jesu Joy

Processional (bride) - A Thousand Years

Signing -  Ave Maria

Recessional - Here Comes the Sun 

Guests leaving -a few louder, upbeat pop songs, including All You Need is Love

 

Photo and Photographer Credit: Olive Studio

Wedding ceremony musicians Toronto: Duo d’Amore-violin and cello duos, string trios and string quartets

 

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