String trio musicians performing “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”

Category: Our videos

Although Mozart composed this piece for a string quartet, this is a string trio version of the famous “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, performed by Pittsburgh string trio musicians: violinist, violist and a cellist.

String trio musicians playing When You Wish Upon a Star

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This a video of  Pittsburgh musicians performing a string trio version of “When You Wish Upon a Star” at a Birthday Party in Beaver, PA. 

The best ring bearer ever!

Category: Music and Life

Being a dog owner myself I could not help but to take this photo during one of the weddings we played at. Yes, the dog IS the ring bearer, and a very well behaved one from what I saw!

 

Seven Oaks Country Club – Beaver, PA

Category: Venue Reviews

This time our musicians played here not for a wedding ceremony but  for a three hour surprise birthday party! It was a very refreshing experience for us, since most of our jobs in the summer are weddings.  The hosts were amazing, absolutely loved our music, made the three hours of playing fly by.. it was fun! 

 

Wedding prelude music for guests

This is an issue that affects musicians and guests while playing for outdoor wedding ceremonies.  It might also help to decide how long the musicians should be playing for during the wedding prelude and postlude. 

Although musicians usually have overhead protection for outdoor weddings, most of the time wedding guests do not have such luxury; chairs for them are lined up at the ceremony site, possibly ending up in the hot, afternoon sun, resulting in a situation where most guests sit down for the ceremony just minutes before it starts.  In many cases there is either an outdoor large tent or a building near by where everyone gathers prior to the ceremony, avoiding the sun.

Many brides hire musicians to play twenty to thirty minutes of prelude music before the ceremony to entertain the waiting guests. In this case – this  can be a waste of money, since there are no guests at the site of the ceremony due to the hot weather.

It not that we mind playing outdoors, but the fact is: wedding guests cannot hear us.  Acoustical instruments’ sounds do not travel far in outdoors; we end up entertaining the nature around us!  The same applies to postlude music – guests usually retreat to cool areas immediately following the wedding ceremony, and once again, it us and and nature playing along.

For some weddings clients request us to move inside or in the shaded areas where guests are gathered for the prelude or postlude, hence making our music heard.

If it not the case for your wedding – I would strongly suggest having a very short prelude and postlude, and putting that extra saved money towards a honeymoon!