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Wedding Violinist Cellist Calgary: Leah +Tom

Wedding Violinist Cellist Calgary: Leah +Tom. The bride and groom originally planned this wedding ceremony outdoors at Canada Olympic Park. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate, and the ceremony was moved indoors to the McPhail centre on the second floor. That was a smart choice! The guests were able to enjoy themselves, without any issues from rain! Regarding the music selections, Leah and Tom were interested in our traditional classical selections. Everything worked out beautifully, and sounded even better! Our string duo of violin and cello performed all classical selections.

Processional: Pachelbel Canon listen here

Signing: Vivaldi Largo from the Four Seasons (Winter)

A History

Antonio Vivaldi’s “Largo” from “Winter” in “The Four Seasons” is a mesmerizing piece of music that transports the listener to a peaceful, still winter landscape. Composed in the early 18th century, this piece is one of the four violin concertos that make up Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” and is considered one of the most popular baroque compositions of all time.

The “Largo” is the second movement of the “Winter” concerto and is characterized by its slow tempo and majestic, sweeping melody. The movement begins with a solo violin playing the main melody, accompanied by the soft, mournful sound of a cello and the gentle, undulating texture of the harpsichord. The music slowly builds, adding more instruments and gradually increasing in volume and intensity, until the entire ensemble is playing in full harmony.

A Cold Winter Landscape

The music paints a vivid picture of a cold, still winter landscape. The solo violin’s mournful, mournful melody is evocative of the chilly winds and snow drifts.While the soft, warm textures of the cello and harpsichord suggest the comfort and warmth of a cozy fireside. Throughout the movement, the listener is transported to this peaceful winter scene, feeling the chill in the air and experiencing the stillness of the landscape. Vivaldi’s “Largo” from “Winter” is a timeless piece that continues to captivate audiences today. Its combination of technical virtuosity, emotional depth, and vivid musical imagery makes it a true masterpiece of baroque music.

Whether you are a classical music aficionado or simply appreciate beautiful music, “Largo” from “Winter” is a must-hear piece. This will leave you feeling refreshed, inspired, and in awe of the power of music to evoke emotions. But also to create vivid mental images.Vivaldi’s “Largo” from “Winter” is a beautiful, timeless piece of music that is sure to move and inspire you. 

Recessional: Handel Hornpipe II



Wedding Violinist Cellist Calgary: Leah +Tom
Wedding Violinist Cellist Calgary: Leah +Tom

About Duo d’Amore’s Calgary string ensembles

Duo d’Amore is an award winning string ensemble, made up of professional violin, viola and cello players. Together we have versatile string ensembles such as solo violinists and cellists, string duos, string trios and quartets. We perform a wide variety of music including pop, Top40, video game music and classical for weddings, special and corporate events.

Whatever the size and scope of your wedding or event, there is a string ensemble that will perfectly suit the occasion. Listed below is an overview of our string ensembles, and some general remarks about the size of wedding or event where they are best suited. Every event is unique and we suggest that you contact us so that we can plan and customize a string ensemble for your special occasion. Contact us here

How to Choose the Right Wedding String Ensemble

When couples are deciding on the right combination of instruments for their wedding, they should consider their musical preferences and the atmosphere they want to create. Here are some general guidelines:

The solo violin

The smallest bowed string instrument in the violin family is the violin. It is also the quietest instrument, but that does not mean that it cannot produce a large sound. Don’t forget that violin soloists regularly perform with a 50-100 piece orchestra. This is in a large hall seating 2000 or more people, and the solo violin can be heard over the entire orchestra. How? This comes down to the skill of the violinist, and positioning. And this is why at wedding ceremonies for example we often are quite picky about the exact spot where our violinists and ensembles perform, no matter if the string ensemble is outdoors or indoors a single violinist is a great choice.

Duo d’Amore’s solo violinist is a great option for those who want live music but have a smaller budget. The solo violinist performs classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and intimate dinners.

The solo cello

Like the solo violin, a solo cellist is a great option for slightly smaller wedding ceremonies and receptions. Larger than the violin, it is very resonant, and can play an equally wide range of music. Clients that hire the solo cello and solo violin for weddings and events often have a guest list of under 50, but not necessarily so.

The violin and cello duo

The violin and cello duo, or string duet, is made up of one violin player and one cello player. This is our most requested string ensemble for hire. As well, having both the violin, which is able to play soaring melodies, and the cello which is able to anchor and often accompany, while having an even larger sound it is no wonder that this is our most popular string ensemble. I like to imagine that the violin is like the right hand of the piano and the cello is the left had of the piano, together they can play almost anything, and that is another reason that it is our most popular ensembles.

Duo d’Amore’s violin and cello duo is a popular choice for weddings. The duo consists of a violinist and a cellist who play together, creating a beautiful, harmonious sound. The duo’s repertoire includes classical pieces, contemporary pieces, and a mix of both. Their music is perfect for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions, and dinner parties.

The String Trio

The string trio is made up of the violin and cello, with the addition of a third instrument. Often this is a violin or viola. We recommend this ensemble for 150-200 guests. Also, the string trio a great mid size ensemble that is an excellent option for an outdoor wedding or large church wedding.

The String Quartet

Our string quartet is the largest wedding ensemble that we have for hire. We often recommend the string quartet for large gatherings, receptions, weddings and events with 200 or more guests. The string quartet is one of our more versatile ensembles, as we can perform everything from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms in the classical spectrum, to pop, jazz, folk, Top40 and beyond.

How to choose the right string ensemble for my event? How do I choose between a solo violinist/cellist, a string duo, string trio or string quartet for my event?

Choose the right string ensemble

Choosing between a solo violinist/cellist, a string duo, trio or quartet for your event can be a difficult decision. Each option offers unique benefits and will create a different ambiance and atmosphere. Here are a few factors to consider when making your decision:


A solo violinist/cellist is typically the most affordable option, while a string quartet will be the most expensive. If budget is a major consideration, a solo violinist/cellist or a string duo may be the best choice.


The size of the space where the event will be held will also affect which ensemble you choose for your event. A solo violinist/cellist or a string duo will be more suitable for a smaller space, while a string quartet will be better for a larger venue.

Music selection

A solo violinist/cellist or a string duo often is a better choice for a more intimate and personal event, such as a wedding ceremony, where a more classical and traditional music selection is often required. On the other hand, a string trio or quartet will be able to play a wider range of music, including contemporary and pop songs, making them more suitable for larger events such as a cocktail receptions or corporate events. Use youtube as a resource:

Number of guests

The number of guests will also play a role in your decision. A solo violinist/cellist or a string duo will be more intimate and perfect for small gatherings, while a string trio or quartet will be more suitable for larger events with a bigger audience.

Personal preference

Ultimately, to choose the right string ensemble for your event will come down to personal preference. Listen to samples ( of the different options and think about which one feels right for you. It is always worth inquiring about the different options available, to make sure you get exactly what you want for your event.

Not only classical–huge pop and modern music list

Having pop string music at a wedding or reception offers a unique and enchanting atmosphere. This beautifully blends tradition with contemporary flair. One of the key advantages is the versatility it brings to the event. Pop string music has the ability to cover a wide range of popular songs, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Custom string arrangements

Have a special song that you would like to incorporate into your day? Such as for the bride or groom’s processional? Maybe the first dance? Let us know! And if we don’t have it on our already large music list, we can create a custom arrangement!

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