The Ives Quartet's musicians—violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz. and cellist Stephen Harrison—wash two intimate venues with unexpected selections. One of Haydn's famous Prussian quartets opens the program with rich interplay between instruments and instantly accessible melodies before Quincy Porter's String Quartet no. 6 spotlights a 20th-century take on the classical form. To help perform Tchaikovsky's energetic Souvenir of Florence sextet and feed the metronomes during the earlier pieces, violist and co-founder of the Moab Music Festival Leslie Tomkins wields her bow alongside guest cellist Tanya Tomkins of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
Stillwell Photography's talented photographers immortalize smiles and capture inner essences to send friends and family good tidings with professional holiday cards. For 60 minutes, up to five models can practice over-the-shoulder smolders while airing pearly whites as the experienced photographer snaps personality-grabbing images. Patrons can pose and construct human pyramids on the beach amid a backdrop of boats and trolleys at Fisherman's Wharf, or opt for an on-location shot at a park or out-of-town neighbor's living room within 60 miles of the studio ($10 extra/10 miles). After the festive shoot, guests can peruse their snapshots to choose the image that will grace 25 holiday cards, which can be customized with themes for Christmas or early celebrations of Tax Day. For digital archives, guests receive 20 high-resolution digital images via email for instant uploadability.
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Effectively capturing significant moments on film is a specialized art form, which can go unrecognized if not displayed well. To help their clients showcase their treasured memories in sophisticated arrangements, Photograph & Frame’s staff developed a system they call “modular picture framing.” This system cuts on cost, using a premade selection of framing goods. Clients can mix and match standardized museum-quality mats and frames, which are all-wood and locally made, to create design-magazine-worthy photo wallscapes. The staff also preserves photos with custom-framing options, cutting mats and forming frames to fit especially large family photos and snapshots that spill into the fifth dimension.
They’ve also curated a selection of photographs from local artists and archives to help patrons decorate their homes in sweeping seascapes and bustling city streets. To ensure the photos’ quality and level of detail, most of the images are developed in a darkroom on Fuji Crystal Archive papers.