Gary writes: For most of my professional life I have been a classical violinist. I was a titled member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in New York, and was also Concertmaster (first chair violinist) of the internationally acclaimed Mantovani Orchestra for a couple of their national tours.
I have two degrees in music performance: a Bachelor of Music from the University of Texas, and a Masters from the Yale School of Music.
However, after branching out on my own as a booking agent and promoter of my own pop groups for weddings and parties,
I developed a new style....sort of a synthesis of classical, swing, jazz, and simply romantic pop music. I eventually started making recordings with the musicians I most enjoyed hiring and playing with- all of whom are world class performers.
My first four recordings (which includes "A Classic Christmas") have mostly been recorded live: myself and my superb musicians all playing together in the studio, resulting in a more exciting, and a more "organic" performance. Yet, we did not sacrifice the "note perfection" or the crispness of a studio quality. The result was an engaging, lush instrumental easy-listening sound that also sounds as if you are there in the concert hall, the night club, or the dance hall.
In my first three recordings, I play violin, accompanied with piano, bass, and drums. In "A Classic Christmas", I play mostly with an acoustic guitarist, and also with string quartet.
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1. O Holy Night
2. Pachelbel's Canon in D
3. Schubert's Ave Maria
4. What Child Is This (Greensleeves)
5. Joy to the World
6. Away In A Manger (both versions)
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas
8. White Christmas
9. The Christmas Song
10. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
12. Silent Night
13. Amazing Grace