Katie & David at Glen Manor in Portsmouth, RI

Katie and David chose Intermezzo’s violin/cello duo to provide ceremony and cocktail music for their July wedding at Glen Manor, a beautiful French chateau-style mansion, designed by John Russell Pope, who was also the architect for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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The Portsmouth Historical Society has volunteers who manage this lovely home, with a resident event coordinator for special events. We’ve had the pleasure of playing for several weddings on the great lawn overlooking the water.

Prelude music included selections by Handel, Bach, Mozart, Purcell, Mouret and Beethoven. The first processional was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for a bridal party consisting of grandparents, the groom’s parents, mother-of-the-bride, maid of honor and a flower girl who was escorted by her dad because she was shy about walking down the aisle. (If you’re including small children, keep in mind that they may be frightened by so many people and need an adult to walk down the aisle with them.)

Romanza from Eine Kleine Nachtmusic by Mozart was the bride’s processional. The recessional was the very upbeat “Alla Hornpipe” from Handel’s Water Music. We played a mix of light classical, old jazz standards and Broadway favorites during cocktail hour.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

 
Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Karen & Michael say “I Do” in Salem, MA

The Salem Common was the wedding ceremony site for Karen & Michael. There’s a neat gazebo where our flute, violin and cello trio played. It was perfect for watching the bridal party and the bride walk down the aisle.

Karen & Michael

Sometimes we end up in the back of a room which isn’t so good when everyone stands for the bride’s entrance. It’s hard to know when to stop playing if I can’t see her when she gets to the front. We often end up guessing. You should consider where the musicians sit when you make arrangements with your church or other ceremony venue.

Rick Perry officiated. He brings his own sophisticated sound system so all guests can hear the ceremony. This is another item to think about. Without a microphone, will people be able to hear you when you say your vows?

Karen & Michael chose Bach’s “Prelude in C Major” and Delibe’s “Flower Duet” for their processionals. The recessional was “Blue Danube Waltz”, which was a fun way to end.

We moved to the Hawthorne Hotel for cocktail hour, playing old jazz standards and rags.

Our pianist took over for dinner. The couple chose the “Muppet Show Theme” for the cutting of the cake. The remainder of the dinner music consisted of old jazz standards and Broadway show tunes.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Cape Cod Wedding for Emily & JP

You probably aren’t thinking hot and sticky when you conjure up an image of Cape Cod but the temperatures and humidity levels can get pretty uncomfortable in July and August. So we were delighted to learn that Emily and JP’s summer wedding would be held at Saint Joan of Arc Church in Orleans.

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The church is modern with (sigh!) air conditioning. It’s nice to have the option of a cool interior, just in case.

Emily and JP chose three processionals: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the grandparents and mothers, “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids & flower girl, and “Ave Maria” for Emily’s walk down the aisle.

They didn’t have a mass and elected to have no music during the ceremony. (There are some places where short pieces of music would fit but what and when we play is always up to the bridal couple.) The recessional was “Ode to Joy”. We played “La Rejouissance” and “Trumpet Voluntary” while their guests exited the church.

After the ceremony we moved to the Chatham Bars Inn — a pretty location next to the beach — for the reception and switched from classical music to old jazz standards (Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin), Broadway tunes, and contemporary popular songs for the cocktail hour.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

 

An Egyptian Wedding at the Wequassett Resort

KC and his bride Nicole live in New York but, with most of his family flying in from Egypt, they wanted to make sure everyone could understand the entire wedding ceremony. They did this by saying everything twice, in English and Arabic.

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Fortunately music is an international language, so our part of the event was readily understood by all. At first the Intermezzo Players string trio (two violins and cello) stuck with the classics, playing Bach “Air” for the bridal party’s entrance and “Hymne” by Vangelis for Nicole’s walk down the aisle.

The music Nicole & KC chose for the recessional was slightly less conventional. Wait for it. . . . That’s right! We played “Walk Like an Egyptian” as the newlyweds walked out. It got a lot of laughs from everyone and was a great way to end the ceremony.

Cocktail hour was mostly Broadway tunes, old jazz standards and contemporary popular songs.

Oh! Did I mention that the weather was perfect for this Wequassett Resort wedding on Pleasant Bay in Harwich?

Good luck with your wedding plans.
Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Lauren & Jimmy’s Harwich Wedding

We play for many weddings at Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich. It’s a lovely setting for a wedding and Steve Grubiak,the cantor/music director, is great to work with.

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Prelude, while guests were being seated, consisted of a variety of traditional classical selections.The bridal couple chose “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” to accompany their grandparents, parents, and six bridesmaids as they walked down the aisle. We played “Canon in D” for Lauren’s entrance.“Alla Hornpipe” from The Water Music was the recessional.

After the ceremony, we drove to Wychmere Beach Club in Harwich Port to play for cocktail hour. Lauren and Jimmy gave us a list of their favorites, chosen from Intermezzo’s Popular Repertoire list. We filled in with other similar songs.

It was a beautiful day with many happy memories for the newlyweds!

Good luck with your wedding plans.
Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Shannon & David’s Immaculate Conception Church Wedding in Salem

The bride’s mother, Linda, contacted me several months before her daughter’s wedding to see if Intermezzo could provide a violin, cello and trumpet trio. The ceremony was not going to include a mass but the church organist and cantor would be working with us. This was no problem as we often work with church musicians and are very flexible with music decisions.

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Our violin, cello and trumpet trio played for a half hour before the ceremony began. Ever since Randy (our trumpet player), introduced me to “Heroic Music” by Telemann several years ago, we’ve been playing it for preludes ever since.

Shannon and David chose three different pieces for the processionals. First we played “Ave Maria” for the grandmother and mothers. The five bridesmaids entered to Handel’s “Air” and Shannon walked down the aisle to “Canon in D”.

After the first reading we accompanied the cantor on “I Have Loved You” and joined her again for “One Hand, One Heart” after the rings were exchanged. “Celtic Alleluia” was with the entire ad-hoc ensemble; our trio, the organ and cantor, while the recessional, “Ode To Joy”, featured both organ and trio.

The reception was held at the Hawthorne Hotel where we played old jazz standards and a few Irish tunes for the cocktail hour.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Ellie & William’s Wianno Club & Oyster Harbors Club Wedding

We love playing for weddings on Cape Cod. Osterville offers two beautiful venues and Ellie and William took advantage of both of them.

Ellie & William

Their ceremony was held seaside at the Wianno Club. They had a raised platform built so they stood slightly higher than their guests. The florist created a see-through backdrop of orchids. Each flower was attached separately so the effect was a sea of floating blooms. It was amazing. The chandeliers at the top of the clear-ceiling tent added such elegance.

Our string quartet and trumpet provided the music. The bridal couple chose “Hymne” by Vangelis for the grandparents’ and moms’ processional. Eight bridesmaids entered to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”. Ellie and her dad walked down the aisle to “March of the Priests”, a personal favorite of theirs.

After the recessional (“La Rejouissance”) our string quartet quickly packed up and drove to Oyster Harbors Club where we played for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed listening to familiar jazz standards and then moved inside for dinner, where the band took over.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

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