I played a wedding last weekend all by myself. It was quite fun! Typically the wedding gigs I play are in ensembles: quartets, trios, duets. So I was excited to do something all by myself. It definitely gives me a bit more freedom to perform pieces I want and have some more creative decisions with the order of ceremony. The bride gave me some general guidelines but apart from that I could play pieces I wanted.
The venue for this wedding was the River Edge Bed and Breakfast in Lowell, MI. What a beautiful outdoor setting! I performed prelude music, Canon in D for the bride, and some recessional/postlude music.
Blessings to the bride and groom!
Today, I am off to perform at another wedding. This one is a violin/cello duet. So be on the look-out for a new blog soon.
P.S. Below are some samples of different ensembles and what they may sound like if you are interested for an event.
Here a some pics from a recent wedding I played with cellist Matthew Heyboer. Violin/Cello.
I performed recently with Jordan VanHemert, saxophonist in his recital at Grace Episcopal church. Really cool times, classical/jazz violin in a small ensemble with sax solos. I love branching out a bit from just classical repertoire. Picture of program is below.
Also, here is a YouTube video of Jordan and a project I was involved in a few months back. Not the same music we played in the 'Grace Notes' recital, but of similar nature.
This Thursday, June 21st I will be performing with the Holland Symphony in the Pops at the Pier Concert with the Moxie Strings as guest artist. Come check it out!! It's a really fun venue. The concert is in a boat shed. More info at link here.
On Friday, April 20th, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City. I was able to go along. What a fun and memorable experience! Carnegie Hall is one of the most historic venues in the world for Classical Music.
Put all of your superstitions aside, Friday the 13th was a great day for me this month! I was able to go with a great friend and fellow violinist to hear renowned performer Ray Chen and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
The DSO, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, first performed in 1887. In April 2011 the DSO launched 'Live from Orchestra Hall', it is the first free webcast series to be put out by an orchestra & "In 1934, the DSO became the nation's first official radio broadcast orchestra, performing for millions of Americans over the airwaves on the Ford Symphony Hour national radio show until 1942." -DSO website
Ray Chen was born in Taiwan and raised in Australia. He plays the 1715 “Joachim” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Apart from this great concert, we were also able to explore Belle Isle and the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The DIA's collection is among the top six of museums in the United States, with about 66,000 works.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
- Edgar Degas
Just wanted to inform you of the last two orchestral concerts I will be performing in this academic year with the Holland Symphony Orchestra. I'd love to have you come.
1) Peter & The Wolf Family Concert Sunday, March 25 @ 3:30pm - Zeeland East HS
2) Classics III Holland Symphony Orchestra Friday, April 27 @ 7:30pm & Saturday, April 28 @ 3:30pm - Hope College
Excited for this upcoming joint recital with two friends and colleagues. Join us at St. Cecilia Music Center on Monday, January 22, 2018 to hear the students of Larissa Fall - violin, Matthew Heyboer - cello, & Joshua Keller - piano. There will also be chamber music selections performed by the teachers and a small reception to conclude the evening. 7:30pm start.
The Imperfect Christmas Experience
I will be playing in the orchestra for the following services at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan. Check it out if you are in the area, or watch the live stream.
Friday, December 15 • 6:30 PM
Saturday, December 16 • 6:30 PM
Sunday, December 17 • 10 AM
Location: Worship Center or Central Online
Childcare: Childcare available for the 15th and 16th for 3 months-5 years
Full Central Kids programming on the 17th for birth–5th Grade
FUEL High School Christmas Party for 9th–12th Grade • 6 PM
I was able to participate in a fabulous jazz recording session with Saxophonist, Jordan VanHemert and other talented musicians. Check out the film from this recording session. It was a blast to play this music!
Ariel Vincent Music
By: John Klenner Arranged
By: Jimmy Carroll Saxophone: Jordan VanHemert
Conductor: Christopher Fashun
Oboe: Aaron Wilbert
Violin: Larissa Fall
Violin: Becky Parks
Violin: Madalyn Navis
Viola: Claire Schaar
Cello: Graeme Richmond
Harp: Martha Waldvogel-Warren
Piano: Ivan Akansiima
Bass: Crystal Rebone
Drums: Andy Wheelock
Music Producer & Engineer: Ariel Vincent
Assistant Engineers: Michael Pineda, Parker Billings, Miranda Craig, & Nils Fritjofson
Camera Operators: Ariel Vincent, Ben Douma, Nils Fritjofson, Michael Pineda, & Parker Billings Filmed at Hope College in Holland, MI
Equipment Provided by: Hope College Music Department & Hope College Communication Department
For More, Visit: https://www.arielvincentmedia.com/
Check out the video on the Jordan VanHemert's Channel: https://youtu.be/3vRtXm1Mv_s
This weekend I will be performing in the violin section for the Holland Symphony Orchestra - Classics II Concert. I hope to see some of you there. It is going to be fantastic!!
More info HERE.
On Thursday, August 17th I was able to see and hear The Piano Guys at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre with a dear friend. It was an amazing experience for two reasons, the setting & the performance.
First off, Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a venue like none other! It is a venue built into the unique sandstone cliff formations just 15 miles west of Denver, Colorado. At 6,450 above sea level it is a zone between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains, very different terrain than that of Grand Rapids, Michigan at 640 ft. above sea level. The land for the Red Rocks Amphitheatre was purchased in 1927 and formally dedicated in June of 1941 and has a capacity for 9,525 people.
The rock formations are beautiful and at night you are able to see the city lights of Denver. During this particular concert, we even saw two shooting stars in the night sky! It was absolutely stunning. The cliffs are made of Aztec Sandstone. The stone is often red due to iron oxide - rust, and other minerals in the rock.
As for the performance, The Piano Guys are one of those classically trained groups of musicians that are being innovative with their performances. I love that they use their knowledge of old and new and find a way to harmonize them together, literally and figuratively. They are not only gifted musicians, but they are also talented and funny stage performers sure to keep a captive audience. I was intrigued to find out that their group was formed as they tried to find new and interesting ways to sell pianos by creating YouTube videos of performances in unexpected places. What a great success story & what a great experience!
Enjoy some pictures :)
Exciting news, I've been able to work with Ariel Vincent and Zhaojin Xiang on a recording session. If you would like to check it out go to the link below and scroll down to 'Classy Classical': https://www.arielvincentmedia.com/audio
Larissa Fall, Violinist
Zhaojin Xiang, Pianist
Ariel Vincent, Recording Artist
It's wedding season again folks! Remember to check out the string quartet I manage. We have some interesting events coming up. To learn more check out our blog.
April is almost here, & that means the Spring Recital is quickly approaching! I am so proud of all of my students and how much they have learned in such a short period of time. This is also why I am excited for the upcoming recital on Monday, April 24th at 6-7PM in Holland at the MidTown Center.
I would like to invite and remind all students that the last Group Class before the recital will be Friday, April 21st from 5-5:30PM. The fee is $5. All ages and levels are welcome. This group class will be different from the preceding, because we will be going over recital etiquette. It will be a great run-through before performance day. Please put this in your calendars and email me with any questions.
Today I was able to hear the very talented Nicola Benedetti and the Venice Baroque Orchestra. The performance was spectacular! What a great day. Enjoy some pictures of the experience and of the University of Notre Dame's Campus where the performance was held.
Last evening my students performed in a fantastic recital! As we approach the close of 2016, it was a great way to wrap up the season. Everyone has learned SO much these past few months and it was a joy to watch them showcase all of their knowledge. Performing for the first time for a large audience is a nerve wracking thing to do, and for many of my students, this was their first or second recital. So, I am very proud of their courage and dedication! The more they perform, the more comfortable they will feel.
Thank you also to all of the families and parents who support these children and provide them an opportunity to learn a musical instrument. So thank you for your support, your time, and your dedication. It all brings me so much happiness each week to pour into these kids' lives.
Matthew Heyboer (cello) and I had a great time collaborating on this joint violin/cello recital. We performed Passacaglia by Handel-Halvorssen to close out the recital. It was a lot of fun to pull together this difficult piece together from our repertoire. It has taken us years of practice to be able to perform that piece of music, and we hope it was a source of motivation and encouragement to our students to show them what they can accomplish with hard work.
Again, I am so proud of you all! Thank you and I am excited to continue working with you as the New Year approaches.
My friend Matthew Heyboer and I will be performing the next two Sundays from 2-3PM at Woodland Mall in Barnes and Noble.
It is going to be a fun and festive time. We hope you stop by during your Christmas and Holiday Shopping to grab a coffee and listen to some great music.
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