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Azalea Trio specializes in elegant Atlanta wedding music, atlanta commitment ceremony music, atlanta gay wedding music, wedding ceremony music, chamber music, classical music in Atlanta.

Combining enchanting violin with soulful oboe and sonorous 'cello, we bring you elegant chamber music for any occasion. The perfect classical choice for wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties alike, the Azalea Trio is available as the musical centerpiece of unobtrusive backdrop for your special events in and around Atlanta and North Georgia.

About the Azalea Trio

Barbara Cook, Oboe

Originally trained as a violinist, Barbara Goorevitch Cook started playing the oboe when she was 12. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), having won prizes in the Atwater Kent and Frank Sinatra Musical Performance Awards solo competitions, and then continued her oboe studies with Laila Storch of Seattle's Soni Ventorum Quintet and Louis Rosenblatt of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Now a busy free-lance oboist based in the Atlanta area, Ms. Cook has performed with orchestras throughout California, Oregon, Colorado and the Southeast, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony Orchestra and the International Chamber Ensemble as part of the Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy. Arguably one of the premier oboe instructors in the state, Ms. Cook's private students have matriculated to the Curtis Institute and Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern, Indiana, Harvard, Georgetown, Boston, Emory and Florida State Universities and the University of Georgia, and have won auditions to perform at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Brevard Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and Interlochen Music Festival. Since 2002, Ms. Cook has served as oboe instructor for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Talent Development Program. Recently retired after more than twenty-five years as a Senior Learning Designer for Delta Air Lines, Inc., Ms. Cook spends her free time making reeds, jogging and traveling.

Mary Kenney, Cello

A native of Houston, Texas, Mary Kenney completed undergraduate studies with Warren Lash at The University of Houston then continued her studies with Joseph Fuchs and Samuel Mayes at the University of Maine Chamber Music School. As a member of the Houston Ballet Orchestra she performed in more than 15 states and Canada. She has enjoyed a 34 year career playing with diverse artists and orchestras - from The Moody Blues, Barry White, Liberace, Tito Puente, Linda Eder, Yanni, John Pizzarelli, Sarah Brightman, and Mannheim Steam Roller to the Houston Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. Making Atlanta her home since 1985, she is a long-time member of The Atlanta Opera Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. She serves on the Ballet Players Committee and Board of Directors of the Atlanta Federation of Musicians. Mary has been a devoted private cello teacher since the 70's. She maintains a private teaching studio of some 20 students, coaches the cellists of the acclaimed Walton High School Orchestra in Marietta, Georgia, and in 2010 begins her 16th year as an Artist Affiliate at Emory University. Since 2009, Ms. Kenney has served as cello instructor for the Atlanta Symphony's Talent Development Program. In her free time, Mary enjoys renovating her home (with her husband Bruce), traveling, gardening and the company of her cats.

Shawn Pagliarini, Violin

Shawn Pagliarini, joined the Azalea Trio in 1996 after thirteen years with the Houston Ballet Orchestra. She is a member of the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, and performs frequently as an extra with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with a wide variety of artists and ensembles, including the International Chamber Ensemble Operafestival di Roma in Rome, Italy, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, Highland-Cashiers Music Festival, and the Amelia Island Festival. Ms. Pagliarini is also involved in the early music scene, playing baroque violin with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra and the Atlanta Baroque Chamber Players and as a guest with New Trinity Baroque and Harmonie Universelle. Ms. Pagliarini earned a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music as a recipient of the prestigious Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation scholarship and was also honored to receive a scholarship from the same foundation to attend the Aspen Music Festival. Following her studies at Rice with Ruben Gonzalez, she continued post graduate studies with well known Baroque and modern violinist Sergiu Luca. Deeply dedicated to teaching, she has maintained a private studio for over 25 years in addition to serving as an Artist Affiliate at Emory University since 2000, where she teaches a large studio and serves as a sectional coach for the Emory University Symphony and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, she enjoys indulging in her passion for Italian culture, language and cooking.

An Abbreviated Repertoire

The Azalea Trio's repertoire includes works by Beethoven, C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Cambini, Corelli, Handel, Haydn, Mazzaferatta, Mozart, Pachelbel, Purcell, Tartini, Telemann and Vivaldi, as well as Broadway show tunes, traditional Jewish melodies, both standard and unique wedding processionals and recessionals, sacred music, spirituals, and seasonal music for Christmas. Here are just a few of the pieces that we play. (Musical selections not listed may be obtained or arranged upon request.)

J.S. Bach Little Suites No. 1 and No. 2 • Gigue from Suite No. 3 • Little Fugue • Rondeau from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor • Air on the G String • Arioso • Gounod's Ave Maria • Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring • Sheep May Safely Graze • My Heart Ever Faithful • Wachet Auf • Allegro, Andante • Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto #2 Ludwig van Beethoven Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 • Minuet in G Georges Bizet Agnus Dei from Incidental Music to L'Arlésienne Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 • Variations on a Theme of Haydn - St. Anthony Chorale William Boyce Trio Sonata No. 4 in G minor • Trio Sonata No. 5 in D major Giovanni Cambini Trio in A major Frederick Chopin Nocturne from Op. 9, No. 2 for piano Jeremiah Clarke Trumpet Voluntary François Couperin Trio Sonata No. 1 in E minor Antonin Dvorak Humoresque from Op. 101, No. 7 Johann Friedrich Fasch Sonata, Trio Sonata César Franck Panis Angelicus from Messe Solonnelle, Op. 12 François Joseph Gossec Gavotte, Tambourin Edvard Grieg Gavotte from Holberg Suite, Op. 40 Georg Friedrich Handel Sonata No. 8, Allegro from Sonata in F major, Op. 1, No. 11 • Air • Allegro • Andante • Bourrée • Finale from Water Music Suite • Bourée, La Rejouissance • Minuet from Royal Fireworks Music • Sarabande and Allegro from Oboe Concerto in G minor • Largo from Xerxes, Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah • Sarabande from Suite #4 in D minor Joseph Haydn London Trios Nos. 1-4 • Presto from String Quartet in F major, Op. 74, No. 2 • Heavens Are Telling from The Creation Humperdinck Children's Prayer from Hansel and Gretel J. Ivanovic Waltz from Waves of the Danube, No. 1 Pietro Antonio Locatell Sonate, Trio Sonate in E major Jean Baptiste Loeillet Allegro Martin Luther A Mighty Fortress is Our God Jules Massenet Elégie from Incidental Music to Les Erinnyes • Meditation from Thaïs G. B. Mazzaferrata Sonate a tre Felix Mendelssohn Nocturne and Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream • On Wings of Song from Op. 34, No. 2 W. A. Mozart Trio in C, Trio in F • Allegro, Menuetto • Romanza • Rondo from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik • Ave Verum Corpus • Rondo alla turca • Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate, K. 165 Jean-Joseph Mouret Rondeau from Sinfonies de Fanfares Johann Pachelbel Kanon and Gigue Henry Purcell Rondeau from Incidental Music to Abdelazer • Trumpet Tune • When I Am Laid in Earth from Dido and Aeneas J.S. Quantz Trio Sonate in D major Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazde Theme Franz Schubert Adagio from Octet in F major, Op. 166 • Ave Maria • Andante from Rosamunde • Moment Musical from Op. 94, No. 3 • Serenade from Schwanengesang, No. 4 Robert Schumann Traumerei from Kinderscenen, Op. 15, No. 7 William Steffe and Julia Howe Battle Hymn of the Republic Sir Arthur Sullivan Onward Christian Soldiers Georg Philipp Telemann Sonata in E minor • Presto from Sonatina in F major • Vivace from Sonata for Flute in F major Antonio Vivaldi Sonata a tre • Allegro, Adagio, Finale from • Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11 • Allegro and Danza Pastorale from Spring and Allegro from Autumn from The Four Seasons Richard Wagner Bridal Chorus from Act II of Lohengrin Traditional Jewish Melodies include: Bashana • Dodi Li • Erev Shel Shoshanim • Hava Nagila • Tsena Tsena • Y'rushalayim Shel Zahov • Od Yeshoma • Oif'n Pripetshok • Oseh Shalom • Hevenu Shalom Aleychem • Simon Tov • Chosen Kalle Mazel Tov • Yedid Nefesh Plus... Spirituals, traditional American, Irish, Jewish folk music, Christmas music and Broadway show tunes.

Clients and Venues

A sampling of places we have performed and people we have played for.

Clients include Emory University (dedications, groundbreakings, ribbon-cuttings, donor events) Delta Air Lines, Inc. Vogue Magazine Venues include Places of Worship Acworth First Baptist Church All-Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta Congregation Etz Chaim, Marietta Fayetteville Church of Christ Fayetteville First United Methodist Church First Christian Church of Atlanta, Tucker First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta Milford Baptist Church, Marietta Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marietta New Providence Baptist Church, Marietta Peachtree Christian Church, Atlanta Ray-Thomas Memorial Presbyterian Church, Marietta St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Acworth St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Tyrone Temple Sinai, Atlanta Hotels, Inns, Restaurants Baci Italian CuisineThe Georgia Club, Athens Dunaway Gardens, Roscoe Hilton Atlanta Hotel Houston Mill House, Emory University Intercontinental Hotel, Buckhead Payne-Corley House, Duluth Ritz-Carlton – Atlanta Ritz-Carlton – Buckhead Ritz-Carlton Lodge – Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro Sheraton Colony Square Hotel, Atlanta Southampton Clubhouse, Tyrone Swissotel, Atlanta The Whitlock Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast, Marietta Villa Christina, Atlanta Wolf Mountain Vineyards, Dahlonega Other Allen private residence in Social Circle Anderson private residence in Buckhead Atlanta Botanical Gardens Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport Big Canoe Fellowship Hall Burge Plantation, Mansfield Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta Clara Meer Dock in Piedmont Park, Atlanta Decatur Court House Delta Museum, Hapeville Dunaway Gardens, Newnan Emory Conference Center Emory University Fernbank Science Center, Atlanta The Georgia Club, Athens Marietta Conference Center Monte Carlo Night to Benefit the ASO O'Hara private residence Fairfield, CT Omni Eye Services of Atlanta Oxford College Ravinia Club, Atlanta Swan Coach House - Atlanta History Center Tahari Fashion Benefit for the ASO, Phipps Plaza

Please get in touch with us for more information or to request a demo CD.

Barbara Cook 1421 Peachtree St. NE #407 Atlanta, GA 30309-3015 (404) 874-0531 barbaragcook@comcast.net