The finest string ensembles in New England
Shilakowsky String Quartet, Trio & Duo, and solo Violin
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.
Shilakowsky Ensembles perform classics or if you want something else,
your favorite song or piece for your ceremony. 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 Quartet is comprised of professional artists who
are all conservatory and university trained musicians. We all have a
history of performing with the top 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, Broadway pit
orchestras in Boston, NYC and on tour. 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.
We hire only enthusiastic, experienced professional musicians with whom
we work all the time. We are always punctual, well-mannered and neatly
dressed in our formal attire 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 us for
references, if you like.
For cocktail hour and/or receptions, dinner/dancing we can continue to
play classics like Mozart & Haydn, but many people enjoy our
variety of lighter fare including jazz, popular, ethnic music, country,
rags, opera and/or musical theater songs, and anything else you desire.
We have an extensive and always growing library of music. If we don't
have it, we can 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, and more.
VARIOUS SIZE GROUPS:
We also hire out smaller groups including trios, duos and even solo
instruments. All of the different size groups can play the traditional
wedding music favorites. Pricing will reflect the size of the ensemble
you book. Yes, we do work with other soloists, singers, and of course
organists for church 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 can 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
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Looking forward to playing for your wedding!