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.

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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

Leah & Oran’s Copley Westin Hotel Wedding

Boston’s beautiful Copley Westin Hotel was the setting for Leah and Oran’s wedding. Rabbi Terri Bard officiated at the traditional Jewish ceremony.

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We played “Stairway to Heaven” as the bridal party began to enter. Three grandmothers were escorted down the aisle, followed by four bridesmaids and four groomsmen. Next came Oran’s parents, who walked halfway down the aisle, waited for his entrance, and then escorted him the rest of the way to the altar.

Leah, escorted by her parents, entered to “Canon in D”. The movie theme “Up” was the recessional. What a fun way the end! Cocktail hour was mostly old jazz standards with a few contemporary popular songs, too. Our flute, violin and cello trio had a great time playing at this lovely wedding.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Mollie & Martin at St Anthony’s in Cohasset

Our violin, viola and cello trio had a great time playing in beautiful St. Anthony’s Catholic church in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

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Mary Rooney, the church wedding coordinator, was great to work with. Her cue to play the first processional was very clear, something that’s so important if bridal party entrances are to go smoothly. Be sure to find someone to do this job if your church doesn’t have a coordinator.

We played classical music during the prelude. Processionals were “Canon in D” for the two mothers’ entrances. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was played for the bridal party. Mollie chose “Trumpet Voluntary” for her walk down the aisle. Bach “Arioso” was played during the unity candle lighting. The recessional was “La Rejouissance”. We continued to play classical selections until everyone exited the church.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

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