All quotes include all applicable expenses. There are NO ADDITIONAL EXPENSES. All travel and set-up is included. The Shilakowsky String Ensembles always arrive at least 45 to 60 minutes before the designated time and if there are any special musical pieces/arrangements, we use some of this time to do a rehearsal of such pieces. There is no charge for this short rehearsal. Its all included.
STYLE: Shilakowsky Ensembles perform classics or if you want something else, your favorite song or piece for ceremonies, cocktail hour, events, concerts and recording sessions. The classic string ensemble repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and more modern Impressionistic period, twentieth century jazz, popular songs and right up to the present.-day pop and rock tunes.
WHO WE ARE: The Shilakowsky String Ensembles are comprised of professional artists who are experienced conservatory and university trained musicians. Each has a history of performing with premiere orchestras and chamber music organizations of New England, including the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, Lyric Opera of Boston, Rhode Island and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestras, Springfield and Portland Symphony Orchestras, On Broadway, in Boston, Nashville, LA, NY and internationally. Shilakowsky Arts Music & Shilakowsky Ensembles is administered to the highest standards by concert violinist, Harris Shilakowsky, former concertmaster for the New Orleans, Grand Rapids, and London Symphony Orchestras.
QUALITY: We hire only enthusiastic, experienced professional musicians. We are always punctual, well-mannered and appropriately dressed and bring all materials and equipment to all engagements. We have played at many of New England's favorite wedding venues both indoor and out and many venues know us. Ask for references, if you like.
RECEPTION: For cocktail hour, receptions, dinner or dancing we can play classics like Mozart & Haydn, but many people enjoy our variety of lighter fare - jazz, popular, ethnic music, country, rags, opera or musical theater songs. We have an extensive and always growing library of music. If we don't have it, we'll get it. If the song or piece you want hasn't yet been published for strings, we write custom arrangements for you, as we have done for many wedding customers in the past. Examples of music we've arranged for strings include songs by the Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, the Beachboys, Cowboy Junkies, popular classics like Chapel of Love, music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ellington and other jazz greats, movie themes such as Ice Castles & show tunes.
VARIOUS SIZE GROUPS: We hire out Quartets, Trios, Duos and even Solo instruments. All of the different size groups can play the traditional wedding music favorites. Pricing reflects the size of the ensemble you book. Yes, we will work with your soloists, singers, or organist.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES-YOUR OWN SPECIAL SONG:
ARRANGEMENTS: If you request a custom arrangement that hasn't yet been arranged for strings and isn't already in our library, I'll arrange your favorite song or piece for the string ensemble that you've chosen to perform at your wedding. Please let me know if you have a song in mind and I'll check to see if its in the sheet music library.
CUSTOM WRITTEN COMPOSITIONS: I'm also a composer & singer-songwriter! If you'd like your own unique song (with or without lyrics), I can compose one for you which the ensemble will perform at your wedding. We have several excellent singers in our troupe to sing this new song for you during the ceremony. It can be written to work as a processional or it can be performed during the ceremony, plus it can be re-performed during your reception as a first dance. I'll make the arrangement to sing it with the strings, or I can write a song and sing it with a pop or jazz band arrangement, or record it to CD or music file, and you can play it at the wedding. Ask me for the pricing for custom composition if you're interested.
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