Concert at the Cathedral 3/10/17

Every now and then we just can’t help ourselves and have to get together to play chamber music.   We love playing rock and roll or today’s pop music but every now and then we need a fix of classical music.  Susan Mullen, Toni Ferguson, Gary Tussing, Melodie Chase and myself met several months ago to read the Schubert Quintet in C Major for string quartet and guest cellist.  Violinist, Toni Ferguson, after having such a great time reading this wonderful work, engineered an opportunity for us to play the first movement at a concert given by the girls’ choir at St. Cecelia School at The Cathedral.

We rehearsed the first movement over a period of two months in preparation for opening the concert with the Schubert and afterwards accompanying the girls on the Pergolesi “Stabat Mater”.  I have to admit to fighting back the tears when the girls sang the first lines of the first movement of this piece.  Their voices were so clear and pure in the cavernous sanctuary it was truly breath taking.  Stephanie Nolan did a fabulous job of leading the girls in this stunningly beautiful work.

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Wedding at The Hutton Hotel 11/8/14

You know you’ve arrived when your bride is also a wedding planner and coordinator.  Krista and Tim were wed November 8 at the Hutton Hotel.  Her friend and former colleague in another wedding planning company, Lauren Hartman (now Southern Soiree), did double duty as bridesmaid and coordinator.

The music was contemporary with a tip of the hat to Tim’s Irish heritage as we brought him and his groomsmen to the altar to “The Blood of Cu Challain”.  The bridesmaids entered to “A Thousand Years” while Krista chose “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for her entrance.  The ceremony was short and sweet and they went back down the aisle “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to the reception in the beautiful ballroom that shows off a stunning view of downtown Nashville.

Many wishes from Silver Strings to Krista and Tim for a long and happy marriage!

Wedding in Shelbyville 11/8/14

On November 8, 2014 Amanda wed her fiance, Lee, in a lovely ceremony at the Fair Haven Baptist Church in Shelbyville.  We were a trio that day with Susan Mullen and Gary Tussing on violin and cello.  Amanda chose almost all contemporary music that included John Legend’s “All of Me”, Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Jason Mraz’ “I Won’t Give Up”.  (Do you think Jason needs to buy a vowel for his last name?)

Amanda was very specific about the parts of the songs she wanted played during the processionals.  I appreciate a person who knows what she wants and can articulate it, especially since we couldn’t be there for the rehearsal.  The mothers arrived to “Marry Me” (Train), the maids to “Yellow” (Coldplay) and Amanda to “A Thousand Years”.  A friend of Amanda’s who acted as coordinator did a perfect job of communicating with me so that we could get Amanda down the aisle to the exact part she wanted played.

Congrats Amanda and Lee!  Have a long and happy marriage!