I was able to be part of a wonderful live stream performance with the Vintage Parlor Orchestra in March 2021. Check the VPO YouTube channel and website for more info and videos.
Over the past year I have been involved in recording violin for a few tracks on Singer/Songwriter M Brooks's new album called Art from Darkness. You can stream and purchase this album on Apple Music and Spotify. I also interviewed M Brooks on my podcast. Check it out below along with two of the 5 tracks I am playing on.
Duet with my student Elizabeth Gagnon featuring the opening of Dvořák's American Suite Op. 98, No. 5. Congratulations, Elizabeth for learning this difficult piece, and we worked on this all virtually!! Music features shifting positions on the violin, accidentals, a lot of string crossings, a tempo change, and fast triplets.
Listen to the orchestral version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQWGopS5hI...
Duet sheet music:https://www.8notes.com/scores/20456.asp
Learn more about the piece of music: https://www.classicfm.com/.../dvorak/music/american-suite/
Enjoy these Valentine's Themed pieces performed by Audra Erb and me. 💕🎶
Virtual violin lessons are going well! Interested in learning more? Contact me on my contact page.
I am currently teaching in-person and virtual violin lessons. Some students do a combination of both and others focus on just one method of teaching. It is been beneficial for scheduling and health reasons during this season. My students are learning so much!
Proud of them!
I performed some Christmas Carols on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Virtual Tip Jar: Venmo @Larissa-Fall PayPal.me/LFall
On 11.19.2020 at 6pm EST I put on a live performance: a micro Mozart concert of Mozart's Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 305, Movement I. Allegro molto. Virtual Tip Jar -- Venmo: @Larissa-Fall, PayPal: PayPal.me/LFall Trying to keep quarantine life interesting and spice it up a bit with another live performance. This one is very impromptu. Cheers!
Enjoy my students fall 2020 virtual violin recital. Video premieres on YouTube 11/15/2020 at 12pm. Performances feature my students, solo works for violin, an original student composition, and some student artwork inspired by the music.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many weddings during 2020 I thought it would be helpful to write a blog post addressing live classical and acoustic instrumental music at future weddings during COVID-19 and beyond. I want to help brides and wedding planners during this time and offer some hopeful ideas about creating a beautiful atmosphere during a wedding. I have been performing at weddings for over 7 years and have worked with countless brides and wedding planners to create memorable celebrations. As a violinist I contract and put together many different types of string ensembles for live wedding music. Here are some of my thoughts and tips:
Safety During Weddings: The great thing about string instruments is that they are a very low risk musical instrument and portable (easy for indoor and outdoor events and have the flexibility to move venues last minute). Violinists, violists, and cellists can wear masks when they perform and perform sitting/standing/and socially distanced. This makes these live music groups easy to work with and safe for live ceremonies. For future weddings, hiring a string quartet or soloist will look very similar to it has in the past. A string quartet or soloist can be located at the front of a church or venue, or in the back of a venue. Players will also easily be socially distanced.
Types of Live Beautiful String Music Groups for a Wedding Ceremony: The other great thing about stringed instruments is that they can perform a variety of genres including classical, pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, ethnic, Irish, movie soundtracks, etc. The possibilities are limitless. String instruments and classical musicians are able to adapt to any event and perform any type of music.
-String Duet or Trio
Thoughts for Brides and Wedding Planners: For weddings during COVID-19 and beyond hiring live musicians will be easy and seamless. I plan to set up virtual video calls with future brides and wedding planners to discuss safety and social distancing precautions for set-up, and then discuss music selections. Working with musicians should be easy and seamless. There is planning up front, but on the big day the professional musicians will create beautiful music in a safe environment and provide the atmosphere that will set your event apart and make it special. You deserve a beautiful wedding!
If you know of any wedding planners or future brides who you think would find this helpful, please share. : )
Enjoy this Virtual Violin Recital. So proud of all the hard work my students and their parents did and are doing to practice and grow. Great work!
Gain a deeper understanding of the lives of arts industry professionals with this new series called Live Notes with Larissa. Larissa conducts a set of Q+As with different individuals from all corners of the arts industry. You will hear from musicians, composers, visual artists, arts managers, and arts educators. Watch reruns of these interviews on Larissa's Instagram account @larissa.fall or on Larissa's YouTube channel. Check out the YouTube Playlist or check out my Podcast:https://anchor.fm/larissa-fall/episodes/Lives-Notes-wLarissa-Intro-ef0trt/a-a2cs4ue?fbclid=IwAR1CUN0reo3zDEEI_ggky6voMeEDza90EEFEFzyVgD8aiyue92ddjKKRZyM
I have decided to bring you a live stream concert experience on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7pm EST. I will be offering this experience live across multiple platforms including Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. Please join me! We are living in an unprecedented time where many in the world and most American's are required to stay home. All non-essential businesses and events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus. I hope to bring you some joy and peaceful live music during these very different circumstances. I am so thankful for technology and the ability to connect with you.
Facebook: *Facebook is available only for my personal contacts
Please find the program below.
If you'd like to leave a tip at the end of the concert you can do so via Venmo or PayPal. Venmo @Larissa-Fall, PayPal www.paypal.me/LFall
I look forward to bringing you music!
For those of you with children or those of you who would like to learn and create as you listen to this performance, I have compiled the following activity booklet that may be printed and completed during this performance. Link to the PDF below. Enjoy!! : )
My first professional concertmaster experience occurred on February 9th, 2020 at the Listening Room in Grand Rapids with the Vintage Parlor Orchestra! Enjoy some photos.
In November of 2019, I was a featured soloist with the Vintage Parlor Orchestra at Creston Brewery. I performed Vivaldi's Autumn with the orchestra. Enjoy these pictures from this memorable event.
This summer only, $50 off a solo violin live event. Doesn't have to be a wedding. For booking/inquiries, contact larissa.
What a year it's been! Scrolled through Instagram to reminisce on 2018. Excited for continued adventures in 2019!! Check out my Instagram account for more musical updates. @larissa.fall
ArtPrize 10 : September 19 - October 7, 2018
ArtPrize has been an energizing part of my life for the past few years. The city of Grand Rapids comes more alive, people seem more connected, the community is engaged, conversations about art are sparked, and new connections are made. This year the Grand Rapids Symphony had four entries in ArtPrize, and it was fun to be involved in such a huge community-wide endeavor. I took some photographs, you are welcome to scroll through the slideshow in this post to see some of my experiences.
No matter what my opinions seem to be about some of the artwork in the city over the years, I can't stop but think about how engaging this festival has been for the community.
Art spurs thoughts. Art can be a statement. Art can speak in ways the news and words cannot. Art is powerful.
After a decade of ArtPrize competitions, the city of Grand Rapids will see changes in the coming years. Rather than an annual city-wide competition open to anyone, "Project 1 by ArtPrize" will commence.
What is ArtPrize?
Since 2008 ArtPrize was an open, independently organized international art competition taking place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. More than five hundred thousand dollars in prizes were awarded each year, which included a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts.
Starting next year, 2019, ArtPrize will now alternate years with "Project 1 by ArtPrize". This new spin on the annual competition is meant to engage a single artist or small group of artists to present a citywide public art project. Learn more at project1byartprize.org.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the community of Grand Rapids as a whole. The city has grown since 2008. I look forward to next year and the changes to come.
Linked below are my previous posts on ArtPrize 8 from 2016:
ArtPrize 8 Pt. 1
ArtPrize 8 Pt. 2
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