Mary Freed Memorial Concert

27278While we did not have the pleasure of meeting Mary Freed in person, her husband and daughters were painted a picture of a private, music lover with their sweet word. The first in an on-going series of fine-music concerts, honoring the memory of Mary Freed took place at Holy Spirit Church in West Bloomfield on March 7, Mary’s birthday. We were honored to be the showcase performers at this event and played songs selected by Mary’s family including works by Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven and even the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, a song of great meaning to Mary and her family.

In her youth, Mary and three of her sisters performed as a string quartet, using instruments that had been made for them by their grandfather.  During the concert our colleague, Tracey Riggs, played Mary’s favorite hymn “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, on the very violin made by her grandfather.  The night would not have been complete without her husband John leading the audience in singing “Happy Birthday” to Mary whose presence was felt by those in attendance.   Following the concert, a reception was held replete with delicious homemade desserts and an amazing violin cake made by one of Mary’s friends.

The next concert will be Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30 p.m. featuring a Jazz Band, Gene and Tonics.

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church

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A New Idea For a Well Known Detroit Wedding Venue

20160924_162122Alissa and Jared could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. The skies were cloudless and the temperature a refreshing 75 for an outdoor wedding. We’ve played many ceremonies on the lawn in front of the Belle Isle Conservancy. Usually, we are between the fountain and the building where no shade is available. On a hot summer day, it can get uncomfortable quickly.  For this wedding, we were behind the fountain, further back by the gates.  Not only was there shade available, but the guests got a great view of the fountain and observatory without the noise of visitors. We loved this new idea and will recommend it to other brides.

This was the first time that we had the pleasure of working with Ashley Lynch and her staff of Festoons and Flourishes. We were quite impressed with her efficiency and attention to detail. An alter area was defined on the lawn with a beautiful birch arch adorned with lush floral swags and columns holding additional flower arrangements.

The couple chose a mix of classical and contemporary music. We played O Mio Babbino Caro followed by Book of Love by the Magnetic Fields. The mothers were seated to Cinderella’s “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” while the bridesmaids, each dressed in different color and style of dress, processed to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. Alissa looked elegant in her bridal gown as she walked with her father to the contemporary version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the grand ballroom of the Detroit Yacht Club.

It was clear that excellent planning and attention to detail had been invested into making this day a success. From the placement of the ceremony to the heel savers offered to guests for their high heel shoes, thought was put into each detail. It was a pleasure to be a part of this couples wedding day and we wish Alissa and Jared the very best as they begin their life together.

Festoons and Flourishes

Belle Isle Conservancy

 

Roseland Park Cemetery Memorial Service

For the past several years, The Rondo String Quartet has been asked to play for a memorial service sponsored by Beaumont Hospital. This year, the Angel Kisses organization also helped with funding. The service is held each year at the Roseland Park Cemetery. Those who attend have lost or are related to someone who has lost a baby. Thank-you to the spiritual care services, the social work staff, Chaplain Bonnie, Mary, and everyone who helps to create this caring and emotional service.

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