Tour Group 2015-16

Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble

We are sharing the joy of making music, at home and on the road! Dolce Strings touring ensemble gives Suzuki violin, viola and cello students in 6th thru 12th grades, ages 11 and up, studying in Suzuki Book 4 and higher, the opportunity to learn and polish advanced literature in a group setting, perform exciting concerts and take fabulous trips to wonderful places! Each Touring Ensemble Series begins with a full day intensive workshop, taught by our expert faculty, Meredith Harris, Elisabeth Hope and Danette Schuh, followed by local concerts at exciting venues and out-of town tours. This season, the following exciting events are planned: Society for the Performing Arts Performance Prelude, Zoo Lights Concert, Moody Gardens Concert, Featured performance at the Bob Wills Fiddle Festival in Greenville, New Year’s Eve at Disney World, a featured concerto performance on stage with the Fort Bend Symphony, and more!

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2015-16 Season



October 3, 2015
   Arrive 8:45 for tuning, 9am-3pm, classes, 3:30pm concert
University Baptist Church, Clear Lake, 1606 Middlebrook Dr., Houston, TX 77059
Dress: casual. Wear jeans or dark pants. You will receive a Dolce Strings t-shirt to wear for the concert that afternoon.

October 10, 2015
12:00pm Concert at Kemah Boardwalk 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, TX 77565

October 16-18, 2015
Optional tour opportunity: Trip to The Bob Wills Fiddle Festival, Greenville, TX
Concerts on the Festival Youth Stage and with Greenville Suzuki Strings
contact the faculty for Greenville trip info



December 5, 2015
9am – arrive and tune, 9:15am-3:15pm classes, 3:30pm concert
Bellaire United Methodist Church 4417 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401

December 11, 2015
Concert for CASA Christmas Home Tour, Sugar Land – evening time TBA

December 12, 2015
1:30pm – arrive and tune, 2:00pm – concert (45 min concert)
Belmont Village Senior Living at West University
2929 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

December 22
Houston ZOO LIGHTS concerts, 7 & 8pm
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030



March 5, 2016
Workshop and Benefit Concert
Arrive 8:45am to tune, 9am-3pm classes, 3:30pm benefit concert
First Congregational Church, Houston 10840 Beinhorn Rd., Houston , TX 77024
Concert to benefit the FCC Arts With A Mission program

March 6, 2016
SPA Performance Prelude at The Wortham Center, 6:00pm
Lobby music before Vilde Frang in recital at 7:00pm. All Dolce Strings Touring Ensemble performers will receive free tickets to the SPA concert.

March 11-15, 2016
Texas Tour: Concerts in College Station, Austin, San Antonio. Plans include a tour of the Bush Presidential Library, joint event with Suzuki students in Austin, and a day at Six Flags in San Antonio.


November 2016 – Destination Disney!

Trip to Disney World in Florida, Disney Musical Workshop and performance on-stage at Disney World Theme Parks


As always in a Suzuki group concert, play the pieces you know and sit down and listen to the ones you don’t.
We anticipate being able to perform all the following repertoire, but some music may have to be cut in the event that a concert is too long. We appreciate your flexibility.
Please note, all music will be performed by memory, solos will be assigned by audition only, harmony parts will be assigned by the faculty.

Final 30-minute Concert Order (Kemah concert)
Millionaire’s Hoedown
Bach Gavotte (book 5) (unaccompanied)
Vivaldi A min 1st mvt (with harmony)
Humoresque/Swanee River
Seitz 5/1(with harmony)
Bach Double (with harmony)
Lover’s Waltz (begin at key change)
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Suzuki Repertoire
Fiocco, Allegro (book 6)
Bach, Gavotte, unaccompanied (book 5)
Vivaldi, Concerto in A Minor, 1st movement (book 4)
Bach, Double, 1st movement (violin books 4 & 5, viola book 5)
Seitz, Concerto No. 5, 1st movement (book 4)
Dvorak, Humoresque (book 3) with Swanee River

Fiddle music
Clebanoff, Millionaire’s Hoedown (Solos for Young Violinists, Bk. 2)
Ungar, Lover’s Waltz
Ungar, Wizards Walk
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Greenville Tour music (optional)
Bile Em Cabbage Down
Aunt Rhody Goes to Texas
Milk Cow Blues
additional Greenville music – contact the faculty for Greenville Fiddle Weekend info

20-minute Concert Order for Zoo Lights concerts
Carol Medley
Here We Come a’Caroling (Kaleidoscope 2)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Festive Strings)
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (Kaleidoscope 2)
The Infant King (Kaleidoscope 1)
Joy to the World (Festive Strings)
Canon in D, Pachelbel
Humoresque/Swanee River
Chanukah Medley
O Chanukah (More Festive Strings)
S’Vivon (Festive Strings)
Dreidel ((More Festive Strings)
Bugler’s Holiday, Anderson
Pop Christmas Medley
Frosty the Snowman (Flex-ability Holiday)
Jingle Bells (Flex-ability Holiday)
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Flex-ability Holiday)
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Kaleidoscope 1)

Other concerts may also include review pieces from Series 1

New repertoire for Series 2:
Pachelbel Canon in D – arr. Schuh
Anderson, Buglers Holiday
Christmas Kaleidoscope Vol. 1 & 2
Festive Strings & More Festive Strings
Flex-ability Holiday – Lopez

Series 3 Repertoire


Clebanoff, Millionaire’s Hoedown (Solos for Young Violinists, Bk. 2)
Dvorak, Humoresque (book 3) with Swanee River
Seitz, Concerto No. 5, 1st movement (book 4)
Ungar, Wizards Walk
Bach Gavotte (book 5) (unaccompanied)
Bugler’s Holiday, Anderson
Milk Cow Blues
Vivaldi, Concerto in A Minor, 1st movement (book 4)
Bach, Double, 1st movement (violin books 4 & 5, viola book 5)
Ungar, Lover’s Waltz
Deep in the Heart of Texas

PLAY IN LIST (with other Suzuki groups during the tour)

Seitz 2/3
Gavotte in G minor
Hunter’s Chorus
Minuet II in C Major
Allegro in D Major
Lightly Row in D Major
Twinkles in D Major

PLAY IN LIST (with the “Group Experience” at the March 5 workshop)

Hunter’s Chorus
Chorus from Judas Maccabeus in C Major
Minuet I in C Major
Allegro in D Major
French Folk Song in D Major
Lightly Row in D Major
Twinkles in D Major

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