Thursday, November 18, 2010

Congratulations Kjrk and Jovan!

Kjrk and Jovan were married in the garden at the Habberstad House bed and breakfast near Lanesboro.
October 10 was a gorgeous Fall day!
It was our pleasure to play for their wedding ceremony.
As you can see from the pictures below, the gardens were beautiful and fall colors were at their peak!
 Finding an ideal spot...
Setting up and tuning... being a wind player I can't quite relate to the time-consuming precision necessary to tuning a stringed instrument so I amuse myself by turning on my tuner, watching the dial and guessing which of my three siblings will tune by ear the fastest and most accurately.
Before you think I have such an easy time, consider the fact that from my own observations strings usually slip 1-2 HZ flatter in the first five minutes and I have to mentally predict when this will happen and adjust my embouchre accordingly.
And then consider that since they never bother to breath I have to go through super-human contortions to match their phrasing and interpretation! Well, maybe not super-human, but pretty close. :o)
Oh, the joys of playing a flute in a string ensemble! I love it! :o)

 The sun turned a lovely golden, pouring through the leaves as afternoon turned to evening...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Congratulations Tom and Jenna!

We were excited to peform for the first time at the Rochester United Methodist Church for Tom and Jenna's wedding! The church has beautiful acoustics, especially for chamber music.

We have good memories of attending concerts there... the first time we heard the complete Handel's Messiah when our youngest brother Sam, (now our soon-to-be 14-year-old capable photographer!) was a toddler and we took turns holding him on our lap... and the time we heard the Artaria String Quartet perform live!
Tom and Jenna's wedding was beautiful! They requested we play Bridal Chorus by Wagner for Jenna's processional and Wedding March by Mendelssohn for their recessional. And then Haydn and Mozart etc. for prelude and postlude.
We loved drinking in the vibrant acoustic sounds and dwelling on the intricacy that shown forth in all its actual precision! What a treat!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Congratulations Jason and Melissa!

Jason and Melissa were maried in a lovely historic church in Kenyon, September 25.  This was the weekend our town, Pine Island, was flooded, but we made it to Kenyon without too many creative route changes! :o)Fall is a beautiful time for a wedding! This was just four days before our own parents wedding anniversary!
Melissa was so thrilled to have a string quartet, and we were delighted to provide music for her wedding celebration!
These two brothers are grateful for each others company, providing frank conversation and practical observations on all operations... believe it or not, VERY necessary. :o)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Congratulations Adam and Kari!

Adam and Kari were married in early September at the Little Log House Village Church near Hastings. The village is meant to be a replica of a historic settlement and was sweet and simple.
 Once again, Ben joined us to play some of the requested quartet music. Before every event we transpose another piece of music from a viola's tenor clef to the violin's treble clef. Soon we'll be officially announcing The Lenz Quartet!
Joyfully at your service!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Alice Mayo Society Tea at the Mayo Foundation House

The Lenz Trio provided music for the Mayo Ladies Tea in August. We played in a lovely patio room with the windows all open so the ladies in the garden could hear.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Congratulations Ben and Anna!

It was our pleasure to play for Ben and Anna's wedding in June this year! They had excellent taste in everything and the wedding was well organized!

Sam still trying his hand at photography... he is comissioned per postable print. :o) But truly we just love having him with us for his laughter and light-hearted spirit!
Ben and Anna requested we play Wedding March by Mendelssohn for their recessional. This piece requires four parts and thankfully our brother Ben agreed to play the viola part. You may be wondering why Ben doesn't play with us more often? Well, you see, poor Ben is not fond of violas or viola parts and is very definite in his preference for the violin. As you can see, we arrived at a compromise. So it is with great pleasure and relief that we announce to you Ben has officially joined our group playing viola parts on his violin. Yaaaayyy! :o) He plays beautifully with sensitivity and precision!

Sam couldn't resist a picture of Garrison's bow in motion...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Trios...