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Charlotte Strings for Events

Charlotte Strings for Events

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte Strings for Events

What instruments make up your string ensembles?
We have four different combinations of string ensembles: String Quartet- 2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello String Trio- 2 violins and cello Duo- 2 violins, or, 1 violin and cello Soloist- 1 violin **Larger ensembles are available upon request**
Which string ensemble is better for my occasion?
It all depends on the size of your function, the desired repertoire and your personal taste and needs. Having that said, we recommend the smaller ensembles for intimate affairs of 45-65 people, and the larger ensembles for bigger spaces and crowds. The String Quartet and String Trio are the fullest sounding ensembles and therefore the most popular choices by our clients. We are very versatile and will always have your event's best interest in mind when suggesting any of our ensembles.
How far do you travel?
We are a music group based in Charlotte, North Carolina and we cover the entire Charlotte area as well as the surrounding areas within a 25 mile radius. We are available to travel but keep in mind that any event outside of our playing area will incur a small mileage fee/per musician.
Do you perform outdoors?
Certainly! Our music has been part of many outdoor wedding celebrations and other special events. However, we like to let prospective clients know beforehand of a few outdoor policies that apply to such events. Our instruments are very delicate and require special care, our policies are there to protect them as well as to insure the quality of our performance. We require full shade from direct sunlight, whether it be from a gazebo, a tented area or under the shade of trees and under no circumstances will the musicians perform under any kind of precipitation.
What experience/training do the musicians have?
We pride ourselves in providing you with some of the most talented string players in Charlotte, NC. We are experienced, classically trained musicians who currently perform with professional ensembles such as: Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Charleston Symphony. We are graduates of some of the most prestigious music schools and conservatories in the United States, including: Juilliard, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Rice University, Carnegie-Mellon School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, Oberlin College, and the New World Symphony Orchestral Academy in Miami Beach, FL.
Will I meet the musicians before my event?
From our own experience we find that this is not necessary since most of the music details for an event can be taken care of in our extensive phone and e-mail consultations; in addition to that, any other details will be clearly explained in our contract. However, we understand that every event is unique, and if you prefer to meet in person directly at the venue of your event to discuss any ideas, you may schedule a meeting with Sakira Harley. Regardless of your preference, we are always available to you for consultations over the phone at 704.277.2438, and through email at info@charlottestrings.com.
What is the musician's dress code?
The dress is formal unless otherwise specified by our clients. Gentlemen in tuxedos and ladies in formal black and white or all black. For some occasions, specially if the event takes place in the morning or early afternoon the gentlemen will wear a dark suit and tie.
When should I expect the musicians to arrive at my event?
We will arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of our contracted performance time. Set up for our ensembles is very quick and it should run smoothly if the required space, location, chairs, and electrical outlet (if needed) are provided. Also, it is during this one-half hour before our performance that we discuss any last minute cues and details with the event coordinator or with the person in charge of your event.
What is the ideal location for the ensemble at my event?
For a wedding ceremony, the musicians should be located in an area where they have a clear, unobstructed view of the aisle where the wedding party and bride will walk through during the processional. With that in mind, please remember to consult with your place of worship/venue for a list of any of their restrictions. For any other event, the location must be away from excessive guest and wait staff traffic.
Does the string ensemble require any special equipment at the venue?
We require a small area of about 8 by 8 feet away from excessive guest, wedding party, or wait staff traffic. Clients also need to supply the ensemble with a set of armless chairs. Depending on the lighting at your event, the musicians may need the use of an electrical outlet to plug in individual stand lights, so we ask that you please have one available for their use within a few feet of the performance area.