Q: What is the
difference between the Duo, the Trio, and the Quartet?
This is a question that gets asked a lot. The best way to explain this
is to ask yourself to think of listening to a song being sung. If just one
person sings, that person sings the melody. This is what the first Violin in our
group does (the melody). At ball games, someone usually sings The Star-Spangled
Banner alone, with no accompaniment. That is what melody sounds like by itself.
It can be very nice and effective,
but it always sounds somehow lonely. The next important function to add
to the melody is the bass line like what the Cello does in our group. The bass
line provides the structure to the melody in much the same way a foundation
gives structure to a building. If you are hiring the Duo, you will have melody
in the upper instrument and bass line in the lower instrument. Larger groups
like the Trio and the Quartet simply add what is known as counter-melody which
adds more thickness to the mix. The second Violin plays a similar melody to the
first Violin but on a slightly lower pitch. The Viola completes the mixture and
fills in all the chords.
Another factor is the size of the room and the size
of the party. Generally speaking
the Duo is most effective in a setting
where the party is confined to a small room and you donít have a lot of
guests. A Quartet can be
overwhelming in this environment. The
Trio is usually the safest group to choose.
We can easily adapt to a small setting or to a bigger one.
We can play almost as loud and full as the Quartet.
For a party of seventy-five or more you probably want to consider a
Quartet. It guarantees that every
guest at any part of the room will be able to adequately hear us.
is the difference between a String Trio with Two Violins and Cello, or Violin,
Viola, and Cello?
What is the difference between a Flute Trio with Flute, Violin, and
Cello, or Flute, Viola, and Cello?
This question also gets asked a lot.
There is hardly any difference in the sound. You can substitute easily a Viola for an Violin in a Trio.
The Viola has a slightly darker sound than the Violin.
There are some pieces that are written specifically for a Trio with a
Viola, but most of the music is the same. You
can refer to the Repertoire List to see the differences.
If you prefer the Viola, or the Violin, let us know and we will
accommodate your request. If you
donít specify, we will select one based on the musicianís availability.
Q: What Events can
you play for:
Weddings, Receptions, Dinners, Rehearsal Dinners, other Religious
Events, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Funerals Ceremonies, Special Church Services, Social
Events, Holiday Parties, Society Teas, Society Receptions, Banquets, Business
Events, Office Parties, Corporate Functions, Retirement Parties, or anything
else you desire.
Q: Do I need Classical
Music for my Cocktail Hour or Dinner?
Following the Ceremony, the mood can quickly change for the Reception
with festive, light, romantic music as people have their first refreshments.
Later, during a meal, music is proper with every menu. Quieter musical
selections are nice as people eat and converse at Dinner. Your choices are
Q: Do I need to Select
Music for my Cocktail Hour or Dinner?
Generally speaking no you
donít. We have enough experience
to feel out the moment and decide what the audience would like to hear.
We can easily switch from pure Classical, to Jazz, to Broadway, to Rags, or
Waltzes. We also try to honor
all requests that are made at the event. If
you would like to choose some or all of the music for the Cocktail Hour or
Dinner, feel free to do so and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Also donít forget we also offer Special Requests Services.
We will be happy to perform a special song or piece, regardless of its
genre providing we are given enough time to find and arrange the music.
Q: How do I select
music...especially if I don't know much about music?
No matter how much or how little you know, your taste is vital in
deciding what music you want played at every point of your celebration. First,
think about the mood and tone you want to set, joyous, uplifting, quiet,
reflective, or a little of each as the celebration unfolds. Then listen to
recordings of the music on the Repertoire List. Pay special attention to the
music at the next celebration you go to. Call
the groupís contractor and set up a free consultation meeting.
He can work directly with you to select music from the Repertoire List
that has special meaning to you and that will enhance the occasion. Our
Repertoire is extensive and varies from the early Baroque to Contemporary Love
Songs, and everything in between.
Q: Where does the
We usually sit near the bar, or buffet table.
It is ideal to be centrally located so your whole party can hear us, not
just one end of the hall. Where
we sit is entirely up to you.
Q: What does the Ensemble
Your event is special, and the Ensemble will dress for the occasion. The
men will wear tuxedos or if you prefer we can wear dark suits and the women will
be in dressy clothes, usually all black or black and white.
Q: What does Ensemble
need on the day of the event?
The Ensemble needs chairs with flat seats and no arms, shade if we are
outdoors and adequate lighting if we are playing indoors.
we are playing a cocktail hour and dinner, please arrange to have another set of
chairs at both locations. This
provides for a speedy transition from each location which enables us to set up
faster and be ready to provide you with more music.
We do not use microphones.
If there isnít adequate lightening we are also equipped with music
stand lights, but make sure that
there is a nearby electric outlet for our lighting.
We donít have a lot of equipment, just instrument cases, music
bags, stands and lights. If our
location is in the publicís eye, we need a place to hide our belongings.
Commonly we use coat checks, closets, or under buffet tables. Please find
out in advance where the best spot for us is.