In June, my cello and piano duo played for a beautiful wedding ceremony at Beaver Creek Chapel. The bride made romantic music selections and a couple of her special requests included “Hymn by the O’Neill Brothers” and “For the Love of a Princess” from Braveheart. Beaver Creek Chapel is a wonderful acoustical space for live music and they also have a quality piano onsite, a perfect complement to the elegant classical music, love songs and hymns that the bride chose for her ceremony.
Hymn (O’Neill Brothers), Arioso (Bach), Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke), Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach), Laudate Dominum (Mozart), A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
For the Love of a Princess from Braveheart ~ Seating of the Parents
The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall ~ Wedding Party Processional
The Swan (Saint-Seans) ~ Bridal Processional
Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Redeemer ~ Unity Candle
Simple Gifts ~ Recessional
The big day finally arrived! Ashley contacted me almost two years ago because she wanted to make sure that she reserved our flute and violin duo for her wedding day in Vail. Her special day finally arrived full of sunshine and mid-summer mountain beauty. The Gore Range provided a gorgeous backdrop to the wedding ceremony, which took place outdoors on the Vail Wedding Island. My violinist and I played contemporary prelude music as the guests enjoyed cocktails and socialized before the ceremony. The refreshing drinks kept everyone cool before the ceremony and it also provided lots of great photo opportunities.
The special part of the processional was our collaboration with the bride’s best friend and singer, Allie. I made a custom music arrangement of “I Will” by the Beatles and Allie sang along with our duo for the procession of the flower girl and ring bearer. It was the sweetest most meaningful moment, and the fact that the very young ring bearer didn’t want to walk down the aisle at all made it even more charming, and brought about some chuckles from everyone.
Congratulations Ashley and Ethan!
Samples from Prelude Music:
Blackbird (Beatles), All of Me (John Legend), In the Good Ol’ Summertime, A Thousand Years (Christina Perri), All You Need is Love (Beatles), Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi)
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis) ~ Parents, Officiant, Groomsmen
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) ~ Bridesmaids
I Will (Beatles) ~ Flower Girl and Ringbearer
Canon in D ~ Bride
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Join Inspire Duo on September 19th for our premier performance! Enjoy some great food and drinks while listening to our classical and jazz inspired improvisations. Come by and make sure to say hi. I look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Tuesday, September 19th 2017 Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm Location: La Cour, 1643 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
About Inspire Duo:
Inspire Duo is a flute and piano duo featuring the music of Christen Stephens (flute) and Craig Woodward (piano). We create purely improvisational music inspired by people, art and life. No two performances are alike. Our influences come from our classical training coupled with our love for jazz and modern music.
This summer my violinist and I traveled up to beautiful Copper Mountain in Colorado to play for an intimate wedding ceremony. This was my first time on a chair lift and I was ready and excited for the adventure, but I’m also afraid of heights! I managed to load myself and all of my equipment onto the chair, but the chair started to move forward before I was ready, and right away things began to fall off! After some assistance to re-load my things, and after a few tense moments while I got used to the height, I began to relax. I enjoyed the brilliant wildflowers scattered in the green grasses below and the scent of the majestic pines, a scent which I look forward to every time that I visit the mountains. I almost made it to the top when the wind gusted and a few of my things flew off the lift. Later, a wedding guest was so kind and drove his truck down and picked them up for me! I was so grateful.
The ride down was much smoother because I had learned some tricks in loading my things. They were also kind enough to stop the chair lift this time long enough for me to get situated. I also found a really helpful bar and footrest that I can bring down for added security. I do believe that I’m an expert at this now!
The wedding ceremony was wonderful. It took place at Solitude Station in the Nature Center Gazebo, which is a beautiful work of architecture in addition to being a perfect shelter. My flute and violin duo played elegant classical music and set the mood for the guests as they arrived. It felt like a small private concert. The ceremony was very short and full of humor and joy. At the bride’s request, we surprised the groom and all of the guests by playing the theme from Indiana Jones for the recessional. Everyone laughed as soon as they recognized the tune, and it was a really fun and unexpected moment.
From the Bride: Christen at Flute and Strings was amazing to work with! It was so easy to get our music selections to her and she was quick to respond to any and all questions we had. The day of the wedding could not have gone smoother. Both musicians were punctual and flexible. We originally thought we had a larger ceremony space to work with, but ended up in a smaller venue. Both musicians adapted to the surroundings and didn’t miss a beat. My now husband really wanted the Indiana Jones theme music as our recessional and Christen worked with me to have that accomplished as a surprise for him. He was totally shocked and it sounded amazing! We could not thank Christen and her team enough for playing such a memorable ceremony. I would highly recommend!
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon (Handel), Si Bheag Si Mhor (traditional Irish), Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Spring from the Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Trumpet Tune (Purcell), selections from Handel’s Fireworks and Water Music
Wedding Ceremony Music:
Ashokan Farewell (Jay Ungar and Molly Mason) ~ Mothers and Grandmothers
Rondeau ~ Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
A Thousand Years ~ Bride
Theme from Indiana Jones ~ Recessional
All You Need is Love ~ Postlude
Recently, my flute and piano duo played for an elegant corporate event at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Our client let us choose a mix of classical, contemporary and jazz tunes, leaving the specific music selections up to us. I enjoyed selecting tunes that would be a great fit for the event.
We began by entertaining the guests with our music as they enjoyed cocktails up on the sky terrace. The hot day had cooled down to a sparkling evening and everyone enjoyed the sweeping views of City Park and downtown Denver that the terrace afforded. After cocktails, we moved inside and continued to play a mix of music for a couple more hours during the elegant candlelit dinner reception.
From the Client: This is the second time I’ve used Christen for a corporate event. She is a superb musician, and both times I’ve used her the guests commented on how wonderful the music was. I would recommend Christen without reservation. She’s very prompt to respond, is very warm and friendly and professional and her music is absolutely wonderful.
Samples from our Set List:
Ashokan Farewell, How High the Moon, Reign of Love (Coldplay), Clair De Lune (Debussy), Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, My Funny Valentine, Irlandaise (Bolling), Sunshine on my Shoulders, Just the Way You Are
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It was an unusually hot day for early June, reaching 95 degrees, when my flute and guitar duo headed down to Washington Park to play for a contemporary wedding ceremony. It was the second marriage for both the bride and the groom and because of this, the couple was able to truly have the chance to express themselves and have fun without the stress of first time wedding planning. This bride and groom were really great to work with and they had some fun ideas for the music, including having us play “Final Countdown” just before their ceremony was about to begin. They chose all contemporary songs and I loved how they described that the flute would take the place of the vocals and the guitar would provide the background.
Despite the heat, the bride wore a beautiful ball gown and everyone was dressed in their summer best. Our duo played the fun contemporary prelude music that the couple had selected, and our music drew the guests down to the ceremony site. We played some more contemporary music selections after the ceremony to send everyone happily away to the next phase of the wedding.
From the Groom: “Christen was just awesome, from planning our music through wedding day! Her repertoire is basically limitless from anything traditional to our wedding, nothing but contemporary pop. Check out her very long playlist for whatever instrument accompaniment you desire. Thank you, Christen, again for an amazing job at our wedding.”
Samples from Prelude Music:
A Groovy Kind of Love (Phil Collins), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Here Comes the Sun (Beatles), Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues), Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), The Final Countdown (Europe)
On the Turning Away ~ Groom, groom’s son, and groom’s daughter
Earth Angel ~ Bride
Twist and Shout ~ Recessional
They Way You Look Tonight (Sinatra), All My Loving (Beatles)
Add contemporary, jazz or classical music to your wedding ceremony or event with my versatile flute and guitar duo.
This past weekend, I had a wonderful afternoon playing solo flute music for the Mother’s Day Tea at Brookdale Senior Living Center near Denver, Colorado. I put together a fun set of music from classical to contemporary and jazz tunes. It was lovely to meet some of the residents and their families and I think that they enjoyed listening just as much as I enjoyed playing for them. As I played, the guests enjoyed dainty treats and hot tea on that beautiful sunny afternoon.
Do you want more information about my elegant solo flute music for your wedding ceremony or next event? Tell me what songs and musical styles you like and I’ll put together a custom music set list just for you!
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Sample Music Selections from the Mother’s Day Tea:
Pastorale (Vivaldi), Menuet from the Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach (Bach), Give Me Your Hand (traditional Irish), Sunshine on my Shoulders (John Denver), As Time Goes By from Cassablanca, Love Me Tender (Elvis), What a Wonderful World, Moon River
Christen Stephens Live on Solo Flute at Brookdale:
Are you selecting songs for your wedding this year? Or are you planning a romantic event such as an anniversary or engagement? With all the decisions that you have to make in planning a wedding or event and so many options for music, it’s helpful to start with some great ideas. These songs are are compilation of some of the most romantic wedding songs for 2017. Some of these songs are new and some are classics that have endured the test of time, and all of them are songs that we have in our repertoire.
In addition to the song selections on my repertoire list, I also love arranging new songs and can create custom arrangements for your wedding or event. I’d love to hear your ideas for songs, and even if you think they’re a little out there, I can usually make an arrangement that will work beautifully. CONTACT me today and let’s chat about your ideas.
All of Me (John Legend)
Best Instruments: My flute and piano/keyboard duo is the perfect combination for this song with the flute taking the place of the vocals. Violin also sounds great as a replacement for the vocal line.
Best Instruments: The flute can beautifully replace the vocals in this song and piano/keyboard or guitar easily replaces the background chords and rhythms.
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Best Instruments: This song sounds wonderful with my flute and piano/keyboard duo, string quartet, or flute quartet.
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Best Instruments: This very orchestral song works well with with my string quartet or flute quartet.
Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo or flute and piano duo is a perfect fit for this song with the flute taking the place of the vocals and the guitar or piano playing the background.
In My Life (Beatles)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is a perfect fit for this song.
Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is great for this song because the flute can replace the complex vocals and the guitar will provide a solid chord structure and rhythm underneath.
Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Best Instruments: My flute and piano/keyboard duo or violin and piano duo is perfect for this song. It also works really well with my flute quartet or string quartet.
Reign of Love (Coldplay)
Best Instruments: This song sounds great with my flute and piano duo, flute trio, string trio, flute quartet, or string quartet. The flute is a great replacement for the vocals in this song.
The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra):
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is a great fit for this song.
Twist and Shout (Beatles):
Best Instruments: My flute and guitar duo is the best combination for this song.
Best Instruments: This classic song sounds best with my flute and guitar duo, flute quartet, or string quartet, all of which help to fill in the complex chords.
Viva La Vida (Coldplay)
Best Instruments: This very orchestral based song sounds great with my flute quartet or string quartet.
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Best Instruments: You can’t beat the Louis Armstrong version of this classic song. The best ensembles are the flute to imitate Louis’ husky voice, accompanied by guitar, harp or piano/keyboard.
Inspire Duo is a new duo featuring the music of myself on flute and Craig Woodward on piano. We create purely improvisational music inspired by people, art and life.
It was my dream to do free improvisation with other musicians for a very long time, but the opportunity hadn’t presented itself until just recently. Several months ago, I was invited to a farewell moving away party for an acquaintance of mine. When I arrived, I found that I didn’t know a single person in the room except for the honoree of the party, and she was deep in conversation. I walked up to the first person that I saw and introduced myself. We quickly found out that we are both musicians who love to improvise, and we were both looking for someone to improvise with. That was the unlikely beginning of Inspire Duo.
When Craig and I met for our first rehearsal, we knew that this duo was something special. We instantly clicked musically and magic began to happen. Craig and I both have extensive experience with a wide range of music from classical to jazz and numerous other styles. We found that we could create a unique blend of these styles and add our own flair to make beautiful and wildly creative music.
We began rehearsing regularly and developed a vision for collaborating with local artists in order to introduce a whole new sensory dimension to their works, both through live performances and audio recordings. Each song that we improvise starts with an inspiration – an series of descriptive words, a piece of art, another musical composition, a photo, or anything really. Beyond choosing our inspiration, we don’t plan much what we will play in advance. One of us creates an initial musical idea which then takes shape as we continue to play. The music then spins from there as we communicate back and forth, building upon each musical idea and creating new ones. The great beauty of this kind of music is that we aren’t stuck to written notes on a page, or even a set of chords such as on a jazz chart. We are free to develop ideas as we play and interact directly with the environment around us using music.
Stay posted for updates on our live concerts. We need your inspiration! We also accept bookings to play for social events. Email me for information on hiring us for your next party or event by clicking on “Inspire Duo” HERE.
This past weekend in early March, I played flute as part of a quartet for a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour in Aspen, Colorado. It was a beautiful spring-like day when we headed up to Aspen and when we arrived there were many people skiing on the slopes enjoying the warm weather. We took the Silver Queen Gondola up to the sundeck on the top of Aspen Mountain where the wedding ceremony would take place.
The bride chose to get married at sunset. It was chilly, sunny and windy on top of the mountain and the red and orange sunset was spectacular. When dusk fell it became very cold but the bride kept warm in an elegant fur capelet, and hand warmers were passed out to the guests. Our quartet was organized by A Touch of Class Music and it was made up of a flute, violin, cello and guitar. We played classical prelude music before the ceremony began. After the ceremony, everyone moved inside near the large fireplace where they warmed up and enjoyed drinks. We entertained the guests with a selection of jazz tunes.
Sample Prelude Music:
Sheep May Safely Graze (Bach), Giga (Handel), Andante Op. 29 (Schubert), Minuet (Beethoven), Allegro and Bourree from Water Music (Handel)
Wedding Ceremony Music:
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach) ~ Last Prelude Song
Largo from Winter (Vivaldi) ~ Parents
Air from Suite No. 3 (Bach) ~ Processional
Canon in D (Pachelbel) ~ Bride
You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman) ~ Recessional
Sample Cocktail Hour Music:
Fly Me to the Moon, Autumn Leaves, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Satin Doll