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What kind of music do we play?
  1. We can play elegant classical music, latest pop-rock hits, and virtually any other music in a beautiful-sounding string ensemble of your choice.  Click here to hear our audio samples.
What ensembles are available?
  1. Our most featured ensemble is our string quartet (2 violins, viola, and cello).  We also have string trio (two violins and cello) and string duet (violin-guitar, violin-cello, or violin-harp).  For weddings in cathedrals, we can work with some of the finest trumpet players in Chicago, including Ross Beacraft from the Chicago Brass Quintet.
When do the musicians play at wedding ceremonies?
  1. Music is normally performed during the seating of the guests and during the processional, ceremony, and recessional; we can also perform upbeat music during the cocktail hour and dinner.
Can we play outdoors?
  1. Yes, but we request that there would be a backup indoor location in case of rain or temperature below 50° or above 100°.  If there is no shaded area and no special shade improvisation is available to protect our instruments from sunlight, let us know in advance so we can bring our outdoor instruments.
Is a sound system necessary?
  1. At cocktail hours and dinners, we normally recommend our sound system if 75 or more guests are present.  Also, during a typical outdoor ceremony, "white noise" from a nearby fountain, distant traffic, birds, cicadas, wind, and airplanes make it difficult to hear the officiant.  Considering that our high-fidelity Bose sound system eliminates feedback and wind noise, our rentals rates are reasonable - only $100 for the full sound system, which covers the ceremony officiant, readers, and the musicians or $50 for a smaller PA system which amplifies the ceremony officiant and readers.  If the ceremony & cocktail hour are back-to-back, the musicians can be amplified in one location only.
Do we allow special requests?
  1. String Quartet & Trio:  If your song is not listed in the PDF file below but is published for string quartet, we can purchase and use it for your event.  If it is not published, we can play from a piano score, but this may not sound ideal in a string quartet or trio setting.  In this case, we suggest to have the music written out by a music composer/arranger; we know several good arrangers that charge $35-$50 per song, and we may work with them to have it prepared for your event.  Violin & Cello:  If your song is not listed in the PDF file below, we may play from a piano score; if this does not sound ideal, we might suggest to have it arranged for $20.  Violin-Guitar:  Special requests may be chosen from Sheetmusicdirect.us and 8notes.com.
  1.         chicago string quartet wedding & pop-rock music  String Quartet & Trio music
  2.         quartet & trio suggested wedding music  Suggested Wedding Repertoire for Quartet
  3.         violin & cello wedding musicians  Violin & Cello
  4.         violin & guitar wedding musicians  Violin & Guitar
  5.         harp wedding music  Harp
  6.         audio samples  Audio samples
What is our dress code?
  1. We typically wear formal/black dress; men wear either tuxedo or suit & long tie, but we are open to suggestions.
Do we need special equipment?
  1. An electrical outlet (optional; for sound system only) and one armless chair per musician is all we ask for.  We also ask to be notified if there will be dim lighting, so that we can bring our stand lights.
What do we charge?
  1. Our standard rates can be found by clicking here.  Quotes may vary based on ensemble, time and mileage; for distances spanning more than 50 miles roundtrip, we charge 21¢ per mile/musician.
What is the next step?
  1. To ensure availability, it is best to book us once the day, time, and location for your event are known.  For wedding ceremonies, we suggest customers to create their ceremony outline and select the music for the processional, ceremony and recessional 2-4 weeks before the ceremony date.


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