Pre-school Love

Yesterday we played at the wedding of Robert & Jennifer.  Why I’m running to my blog today to post is because it’s a phenomenal story of enduring love.  To start out, I met Rob & Jennifer via a Skype meeting a few weeks back, but they heard us play at their friends wedding two years ago. They decided then and there that Anthology Strings would play at their wedding, we were honored! Through the meeting I heard all about their love story, which is quite remarkable- it started in pre-school! The two were re-united four years ago and have never left eachother’s side. Yesterday, as we played to a room full of friends and family, the beautiful couple said “I do” and we all sat in the back getting choked up (the whole room was crying!).  Thanks Robert & Jennifer and may your love endure!

That's us!

the packed room!the recessionalYou can't get any sweeter than this!

Wedding Wire & The Knot & Paypal!

Hello everyone!

We are delighted to share the news that we have added ourselves to the Wedding Wire family and have been working to update our Knot.com profile!  We are loving the new looks and hope you will too!

Wedding Wire Page

Knot Page

On another note -we have recently started accepting Paypal payments – which I know is super easy for our clients.  We hope these improvements make your life easier with us!

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Bevin & Ned’s Wedding!

We are so happy to be playing fall weddings – the light is changing, the air is cooling and the leaves are turning a golden delicious color!

On Saturday, Amanda and I were lucky to return to The Old Field Vineyards for a duo wedding ceremony & cocktail hour. We played one of our favorite weddings of all time – Alan and Adam’s wedding a few years here, so returning felt wonderful. Brides, if you haven’t considered this location – its stunning: Sailboats lazily careening over the still bay waters, the moon was hanging perfectly over the waters edge.  Lights were dripping off the old oak trees… Dreamy!

So back to Bevin & Ned’s wedding! Amanda and I couldn’t help but notice just how dapper the entire wedding party and audience were – gorgeous! The ceremony was perfect, with the bride and groom reciting their own vows.  Bevin (myself included) Love Pride and Prejudice the movie – so we played the theme song from Pride & Prejudice for her processional – goosebumps! Cocktail hour was a blast – we played everything from classical to pop and rock and had a great time!  Oh and on the way back, we stopped to pet some goats – Love those farm stands 🙂

 

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The View!

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The guests

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The ceremony

 

 

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Goats!

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Cocktail hour w/ Reception Tent

 

 

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The Program

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Having a blast w/ Amanda!

 

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What is a contractor?

I feel compelled to write this article, because it is the very reason I started Anthology Strings.  A contractor or contracting house, the companies that offer “All music services, bands, jazz groups and classical ensembles” is the reason we exist.

What a lot of my clients don’t know is that these contractors have little to do with or even know about what it means to play music at a wedding.  They send various miss-matched groups of musicians out to play a ‘gig’.  This ‘gig’ happens to be Your wedding.  As a musician who plays many many weddings, I’ve been on these gigs. You get a phone call, you show up at the ‘gig’ and you meet or perhaps know the other musicians playing.  The music is almost never arranged, or put into order.  Since you’ve never played with these other people, it’s hard to tell who is in charge, especially if the person playing the concertmaster position isn’t a good leader.

When people get together to play music for the first time, it’s a delicate and intricate dance. Each person plays an important role in the ensemble, each person supports one another by leading, influencing, suggesting, pulling, pushing… you get the picture, it’s a complicated thing.

Now, put the pressure of playing in front of an audience of at least 100 people.  Making sure that you get each person down the aisle properly, that you start at the right time, and most importantly, that you end each song perfectly.  How do you know how the first violinist is going to cut off the group? What if he gets lost and the bride and groom are waiting at the end of aisle for the music to stop and then… the unthinkable, the scratching record -crash-and-burn of a bunch of musicians not ending correctly. Yes, we’ve all been there and YES this is the reason I started my ensemble.

The general contractors are concerned with volume at the expense of value.  They are concerned with keeping their company aloft and this means piecing musicians together to play music on your one of your most  carefully thought out and planned days of your life.  As a musician we’ve all played these weddings, the reason these companies exist is because generally speaking, the music is not difficult, you are sight reading, and most likely you know how ‘Canon in D’ goes.

Anthology Strings was formed from this need: to provide the utmost professional performance, with the highest degree of personalization and attention to detail.  We are as concerned with music as you are with your dress and flowers and location… you get the point. My suggestion is to always go with small ensembles, groups put together specifically for the purpose of playing weddings. Groups that have been around for a while, groups that have great recommendations from other clients and that can prove their value.

 

 

See What People are Saying About Us!

We have had the extraordinary honor of playing many many weddings since we started nearly 5 years ago!  Each wedding stands out to us as a wonderful memory.  To see what our brides & grooms are saying, please check out

The Wedding Wire

and

The Knot

 

We hope you’ll consider us!

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT!

We’re super excited to be performing at the National Council of Jewish Women in New York on Thursday September 20, 2012

Where:NCJW New York Section 241 West 72nd Street New York, NY 10023

When: Thursday September 20, 2012 1:00PM, reception to follow

Program:

Caroline Chin, Violin I
Antonia Nelson Violin II
Kiersten Cunningham Viola

Allison Seidner Cello

BACH and the Big B’s

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 1750)
I.(Allegro moderato)
II.Adagio
III. Allegro

Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
J.S. Bach
I. Vivace
II. Largo ma non tanto
III. Allegro

Piano Sonata no. 8, Op. 13
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
I. Adagio

Hungarian Dance no. 5 in G minor
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)
Allegro Molto

Nocturne from String Quartet no. 2 in D Major
Alexander Porfiryevich Borodin (1833 – 1887)

“One Hand, One Heart” from West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990)

Carmen Medley
Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
Entr’acte
Habanera
Toreador’s Song

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