The Classic Touch

Strings & Orchestras

Sharon Nauman-Artistic Manager

As seen on Fox 8 & PAX-TV's "Northeast Ohio Weddings"!





 
PRICES ARE DONE OVER THE PHONE

We play for a minimum of one hour. 

After that, we can play in half an hour increments: 1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3, 3 1/2 hours

However, you do not have to book on the hour or on the half hour.  You can book us from 5:10-6:10 or 5:10-6:40.

WHAT IF ONE OF THE PLAYERS GETS SICK?

We know that "the show must go on"!  So, our players are cross-trained on parts.  This way if someone gets sick at the last minute, we can still play at your event!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


What kind of songs do you have?

Our classical music is mostly upbeat, festive, and (what I call) "familiar" classical music.

We have oodles of classical music for each of the categories below.  I  have not listed all of them for the sake of simplicity.  However, the Broadway, pop, love songs are all listed.


Click on our song list below.
Do you come to wedding rehearsals?

No.
However, I will explain how the timing details and cues work over the phone.

I keep a file for each event.  Everything we talk about is documented in your file. 

I have a worksheet to keep track of all the cues. 

I will mail you a "Cue and Timing Sheet" with your final billing.  I will tell you how it works over the phone, so we are all "on the same page" at the ceremony.
Do you play outside?

We play inside with only a few outside-venue exceptions.

If you are a GERVASI VINEYARD bride, we DO play in the pavilion and outside from May through September.


Outside vs. Inside

If you are still deciding on whether to hold your ceremony outside or inside, here are a few things to consider.

As beautiful as it is outside, weather is unpredictable. 

To get great sound you need, not only skilled players, but fine instruments.  Some of ours are over 100 years old, created by master craftsmen of Europe.  They are works of art, similar to paintings in a museum.   

Temperature and humidity need to be moderate in order to get the best sound and protect the instruments from needing repairs.  Extreme heat, cold, and humidity are considerations when we book outside venues.
What happens if it starts to rain?

The weather can be questionable.  Prelude music may be done without a spot of rain. 

Unfortunately, if it starts to drizzle this can be very disruptive, especially if it's minutes before the bridal part entrance. 

The instruments are wood.  They cannot get wet.  We must put them in their protective cases.  This means, no music until we move inside.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS
THAT PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE,
ABOUT PLAYING OUTSIDE.
Temperature & Humidity

The wood and strings expand and contract depending on temperature and humidity variations. 

We have to keep re-tuning our strings or it will sound out of tune. 

You can lose time spent tuning, to time that we could have been playing.
Sun

Musicians usually wear black for concerts. 

It gets physically hot for players in the sun. 

As far as the instruments are concerned, the varnish can get tacky in the sun.  We have had gnats land in the varnish, ruining the finish.  Remember, these are finely crafted instruments.
Wind

We have to secure our music with clothespins. Each time we change a song, we have to take 2-4 clothespins off each page.

It takes time to put them on and take them off between tunes. 

You actually lose playing time when we have to do that.
Birds

They are lovely but have left "presents" on our music.
Acoustics

Although sound carries quite well outside, it does not resonate with the quality of richness like it does in buildings and churches.