Allegheny County Courthouse, Pittsburgh PA

Category: Venue Reviews

Our string trio performed here at a wedding in December of 2017. Since it is a government building, we had to go through the security check with our instruments. The place had  an amazing acoustics. The only downside – it was very, very cold on the inside.

The Priory Hotel – Pittsburgh, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

A unique place situated on a North Side of Pittsburgh. Our string quartet performed here for a Halloween event, which was very refreshing – something different from weddings and cocktails. The people were very nice and helpful to us, with parking and handling the details for the performance.

Cocktail hour violinist and a cellist duet on Gateway Clipper

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A string duo playing at the wedding ceremony on Gateway Clipper

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Gateway Clipper – Pittsburgh, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

A fantastic location for a romantic wedding ceremony in Pittsburgh. Our violinist and a cellist performed on a Gateway Clipper on a beautiful night with an amazing view of Pittsburgh. As the boat was pulling away from a dock, one of us got a little bit sea sick, which prompted one  of the wedding guests to come up to us, saying “just keep playing, like on Titanic!”. 🙂

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Pittsburgh Aviary – Pittsburgh, PA

Our string trio played for the outdoor ceremony at the Aviary on a very, very hot day during the summer of 2016. It was close to 96 degrees! The staff was very kind and helpful to us, we were able to keep our instruments inside the air-conditioned building until the very start of the wedding ceremony.  In fact, one of the leading musicians came early and a gentleman who had a van with the wedding flowers, kindly offered to keep her instrument in the van… A short time later, he himself took it into the building. The only downside – we don’t seem to remember the flower company with which he was affiliated, so we have no way of thanking him! 🙂

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Sewickley Country Club- Sewickley, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

Our string quartet played here in September of 2016 for a wedding reception, hosted by a wonderful family.  We loved the setting in which we played, and the staff was wonderful.. with the exception of a staff member at the front desk. One of the musicians tried to initiated a “small talk” conversations while waiting for the other musicians to arrive but the desk clerk did not appear to be friendly, was very cold and uninterested in human interaction… but the people we played for loved us and we received many positive comments on the music we played!

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Pittsburgh Athletic Club – Pittsburgh, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

Conveniently situated in Oakland area of Pittsburgh, this is a very upscale for venues, where our musicians have performed numerous times for wedding ceremonies.  With private parking, wonderful and very attentive staff, it is always a pleasure to play here.

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Wedding ceremony time change

This is an example of a situation that  happens rarely. In fact, this was the first time it occurred with our wedding musicians. 

A client booked musicians (a string trio)  from 5pm to 6pm for a wedding ceremony.  Two days prior to the wedding ceremony, while discussing last minute music details with the client, he realized that he needed the musicians to start playing at 4:30 for the prelude music as guests are being seated.  In the section of our contract related to booking times it states “total time the musicians are on site”. The mistake was on client’s part which he readily admitted. 

After contracting the musicians that were booked for this wedding, it turned out that a cellist could not come earlier due to the previous playing engagement that was scheduled to finish at 4pm.  Based on the original booking time, an hour would have been enough time for her to get from the previous job to this one, with the start of 5pm.  However, with the start of 4:30 it was not feasible due to traveling distance between the two playing engagements.  

A different cellist was hired to play for this wedding ceremony that now has a start time of 4:30. The client had to pay for two cellist: the originally booked musician and a newly hired one.  Why?  The originally booked cellist had set the time aside for this job, arranging her schedule and possibly not taking another performance. She deserved to be paid for the time. 

The moral of the story? Review the contract for musicians carefully, calculating the time not only for the wedding ceremony itself but for the prelude music as well. Also, do not hesitate to call and ask for an advice for booking times.  Our musicians have done their jobs for many years and will provide you with a solid advice on times for your event.  

Hartwood Acres Mansion – Pittsburgh, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

One of the most beautiful places in Pittsburgh for a wedding ceremony! Easy to get to, very peaceful and romantic. Our string trio of a violinist, violist and a cellist performed here for an outdoor ceremony on a very hot August afternoon.  It was a gorgeous set up next to the garden by the mansion.  There was not a wedding coordinator to help the musicians with the set up, but the groom himself was so helpful and thoughtful! He made sure the chairs for the musicians were out of the sun, was very pleasant and cheerful! Even some of the guests tried to fan the musicians to keep us cool, and we had a groundhog that showed up right in the middle of the wedding ceremony, probably a good luck sign for the couple! 🙂

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