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TwoSet is Coming to Dallas!!

***ANNOUNCEMENT!!!***

TwoSet Violin Comedians are coming to Dallas March 18th at Irving Arts Center!

For classically trained violinists, the Australian duo TwoSet with Brett and Eddie is always a favorite. Their hilarious interpretations of various songs, pedagogical techniques, levels of music appreciation, etc. keep us laughing.

A few days ago I enjoyed seeing their serious side as they made a video involving a couple of one-armed violinists. In the video they show a lady playing absolutely beautifully with incredible tone, but surprisingly with a prosthetic arm. It is amazing to hear the smoothness of her bow changes in spite of her alternative method of playing. She looks so happy to have the opportunity to play.

TwoSet also shows a clip of a man playing using a stump arm, performing some of the hardest violin material ever written. They express their amazement at the extent to which people will go in order to keep their ability to play. It is worth asking, what is it that causes musicians to overcome great odds and challenges so that they can continue to play?

As TwoSet mentions in their post, some things can only be expressed through the musical medium. The violin incorporates both the left and right hemispheres of the brain, so it engages the analytical as well as the emotional parts of the brain. Classical music often follows specific forms, which resemble the hero path employed by authors when creating stories. In the Exposition, the hero sets off on a path to find new adventure. During the development he faces many obstacles that have to be overcome in order to win the prize. Lastly, in the Recapitulation, the hero returns to his place of origin, but he is forever changed by his experiences. When playing music, we are able to explore our own hero path and share our story with others. We can tell the story of overcoming hardship and beating the odds.

I agree with TwoSet that these musical geniuses in this video can inspire us to take advantage of the times when we can practice, and be grateful for every moment we get to play our instrument. For those of us who know what it is to have our instrument taken away from us for a time, due to injury or otherwise, we also experience the gift of music on a greater level when we get it back, because we don’t take it for granted.

Dallas Showcase!

Forty-Five Ten (downtown location)

Forty-Five Ten (downtown location)

“I learned a lot I wouldn’t have learned roaming the streets of Dallas.” -Dennis Rodman 

Brittany Peterson, executive director of Uptown Violins and Dallas resident of 7 years, shares some of her experiences performing for a wide variety of venues in the Dallas metropolitan area.

Brittany, which venues have you performed for recently, and what did you enjoy most about them?

Republic Center, AD EX

Republic Center, AD EX

Recently we have performed for Arlington Hall at Lee Park, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, the Adolphus Hotel, Perkins Chapel on SMU's campus, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Hidden Pines Chapel, KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts Center, the Republic Center for the Architecture and Design Exchange, and First United Methodist Church downtown! Whew! (We have been busy!) We really enjoyed playing in the sculpture garden at KPMG's Plaza at Hall Arts Center because it was a beautiful night with a great crowd who loved both the classical and pop music! Arlington Hall is one of our absolute favorites to perform for because of the amazing facilities and staff who work there! The Architecture and Design Exchange opening was held at the corner of St. Paul and Pacific where the new downtown park will be opening soon as well! Lastly, we always love playing at both the Adolphus Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek because of their gorgeous layouts as well as their dining options!

What Dallas venues do you think lend themselves well to weddings?

Hidden Pines Chapel

Hidden Pines Chapel

Arlington Hall at Lee Park is one of the best locations in Dallas for a wedding because of the beauty of the Hall as well as the surrounding gardens and park. It is located right off Turtle Creek and is very close to a number of beautiful hotels for your guests! The Arboretum is a classic outdoor choice for weddings because of its seasonal décor, including pumpkins in the fall, lights in the winter, tulips in the spring, and other beautiful flowers in the summer! Hidden Pines Chapel is also a fairly new beautiful venue which is perfect for large weddings, as well as convenient because the whole wedding can be held in one place, accommodating the large number of guests!

Can you share your recent experience playing for First Baptist Dallas?

First Baptist Dallas

First Baptist Dallas

It was so much fun to be able to fiddle "live" with First Baptist Dallas! They are such wonderful musicians and people! They always perform with a full choir and orchestra to accompany the soloists, so we all have a blast up there just worshipping! It was fun to play a little country at church, haha. (All Hail the Power)



Which Dallas venues will Uptown Violins be performing for this holiday season?

Adolphus Hotel

Adolphus Hotel

We are staying busy throughout the holiday season here in Dallas! We will be playing at the Adolphus Hotel for the Modern Luxury “Power Players” event, the Shops at Clearfork Holiday Teas where we will be accompanying dancers with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite music, "A Night of Christmas" at First Dallas the weekend of the 14th-16th, Park Cities Presbyterian Church for their Candlelight Services on December 16th, Gateway Community Church the weekend before Christmas, and several other private performances! We cannot wait to play our new Christmas pieces from Sia's album, Lindsey Stirling's album, and the all time favorite "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"! 

Adolphus Lounge where we perform

Adolphus Lounge where we perform

We hope you come to see us this season!