Elegant Touch of Strings
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Elegant Touch of Strings Bio
Elegant Touch of Strings does weddings and ceremonies of all kinds.
Their ‘About’ is about you, really. Their goal is to take excellent care of every client, from start to finish. You are the reason Elegant Touch of Strings (ETS) exists as a group which is to perform for your wedding or special event. ETS wants to know how you envision your live music and then they want to create an ambience as beautiful and memorable as you’d wish it for yourself and your guests.
Sherry Lewis, the group leader, will personally handle all of the communications before your event and so there will be no confusion or conflicts of information. Their numerous collection of compliments reinforces their personal dedication to timely and efficient communications from start to finish. It just makes good business sense to treat clients very well. As ETS has been told more than once, it’s obvious that they enjoy what they do and it shows.
ETS has performed over 5,000 ceremonies, receptions and corporate events. They have a wonderful repertoire for just about any occasion. They perform in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area as well as outer vacinities such as Carmel and Monterey, Yosemite and occasionally north of Sonoma. They are often willing to travel.
Whether you’re considering a string quartet, string trio, violin & cello duo or solo violin they are delighted to perform for your wedding, reception, corporate event or other special occasion. Their repertoire includes a wonderful selection of classics, waltzes, tangos, jazz standards and contemporary selections.
Live string music is never overbearing. A frequent compliment comes from their clients and their guests who appreciate that they can be heard while socializing and still enjoy the live music.
“I told my cousin that my husband and I thought that you guys were the bargain of our whole wedding. We may make this our wedding gift to them. Your music is something that every girl should have on her wedding day!”
“I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to write and THANK YOU for your beautiful performance at our wedding until now. I did submit a 5 star review on Yelp a couple weeks back, and I would be thrilled to be a client reference should you ever need one. You were an absolute pleasure to work with, and your beautiful music made our wedding ceremony so special.” Hillary and Brent, Mission Santa Clara, September ‘13
“Bravo! Your quartet exceeded my expectations.” – Jacqueline J.
“Sherry- Thank you so much for your huge part in making our wedding absolutely perfect! The music was fantastic and definitely gave us am extra touch of elegance. Thanks again! Kris and Erin, May 5, ’12, V.Sattui Winery, St. Helena”
“An Elegant Touch of Strings Quartet played for a wedding that I coordinated on Saturday at Treasure Island. As usual, they are professional, warm, reliable AND the music was beautiful! Thank you.” Arlene Haden Marcos, ‘Ah…New Beginnings’, Photo by Tyler Lewis
“Tom and I would like to thank you for the beautiful music you and your musicians provided for our wedding ceremony. The trio helped create an elegant and personal atmosphere. It was a pleasure working with you and having you as part of our day.” and from the groom: “The music was absolutely beautiful and was a big reason we loved our ceremony. I want to thank you and the other musicians for your extraordinary talent. You helped to make our day.”
Elegant Touch of Strings – various lists
FAVORITE WEDDING STANDARDS
Canon in D by Pachelbel ~ Bridal Chorus (entrance) ~ Wedding March (exit)
Trumpet Voluntary ~ Hornpipe ~ Trumpet Tune ~
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring ~ Ave Maria by Schubert ~ Air on the G String ~
Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod ~ Air from Water Music, Handel ~ Autumn by Vivaldi
Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate, Mozart ~ Arioso by Bach
Bridal March from Marriage of Figaro, Mozart ~ La Rejouissance from Royal Fireworks, Handel
Ode to Joy by Beethoven ~ Rondeau from Masterpiece Theater by Moret ~ Aria by Handel
Gloria by Vivaldi ~ Largo from Xerxes by Handel ~ Sleepers Awake
Mediation from Thais by Massenet ~ On Wings of Song
All I Ask of You ~ Music of the Night~ PanisAngelicus ~ A Time To Say Goodbye
Sometimes people ask for my opinion on non-standard entrance and exit music for the wedding couple. Leaning toward the classical sound I came up with this list:
Procession (these choices meet the romantic as well as beautiful quality many want in a wedding)
Choral BWV 67: Sei lob un
Flower Duet from Lakme
My Beloved Father
Jupiter, from the Planets
La Vie en Rose
Larghetto in D, Handel
Laudate Dominum, Mozart
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Two Sunsets, Einaudi
Or more popular, such as Here Comes The Sun, All You Need Is Love, Married Life, Marry You, Marry Me…right, anything with Marry in it kind of works!
Queen of Sheba
Ode to Joy–Beethoven’s 9th theme
Or more upbeat contemporary such as All You Need Is Love, Best Day of Our Lives, Married Life, Marry You and Viva La Vida
‘Contemporary’ means different things to different people. It can be the new latest, greatest
or an older revised tune. I’m frequently revising our lists.
Best Day of My Life ~Open Arms ~ Marry You ~ The Luckiest- Ben Fold
Hallelujah ~ Just The Way You Are- Bruno Mars ~ Wildflowers- Tom Petty
A Time to Say Goodbye ~ Across the Universe ~ All My Love
As Tears Go By ~ Marry Me ~ The Book of Love Peter Gabriel
All I Want Is You ~ All You Need Is Love ~ Bittersweet Symphony
Clocks ~ From This Moment On ~ Here Comes The Sun ~ This Year’s Love
Leave Out All the Rest Linkin Park ~ Falling Slowly “Once”
Married Life from Up ~ Paradise Coldplay ~ All of Me- John Legend
The Way You Look Tonight ~ The Winner Is Little Miss Sunshine
Come Away With Me ~ Only Time ~ The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Prayer ~ There is Love The Wedding Song ~ The Scientist ~ Viva la Vida
Secrets (One Republic) ~ Waltz # 2 Elliott Smith ~ When I Fall In Love
You Are the Sunshine of My Life ~ Skyfall~ A Thousand Years
Passacaglia Battlestar Galactica ~ The First Day of My Life
The Promise ~ With Or Without You ~ Love Train
The Way I Am ~ Such Great Heights ~ Funkytown ~ Game of Thrones
The Final Countdown ~ Hysteric ~ This Year’s Love ~ The Final Fantasy Ending
Sweet Disposition- The Temper Trap ~ Roselin & Adama- Battlestar Galactica
Valentine- Kina Grannis ~ Your Guardian Angel – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Wonderwall- Noel Gallagher
Pops & Jazz Standards
A Time for Us ~ All I Ask of You~ As Time Goes By ~ At Last
Autumn Leaves ~Beatles ~ Blue Moon ~ Blue Tango ~ Embraceable You
Fascination ~ Feather Theme (Forrest Gump) ~ I Only Have Eyes For You
It Had To Be You ~ Lara’s Theme from Dr. Zhivago ~ Memory
Moon River ~ Moondance ~ Moonlight in Vermont ~ Music of the Night
Our Love Is Here to Stay ~ Oh! Darling(Beatles) ~ Pure Imagination (Willy Wonka)
Someone To Watch Over Me ~ Somewhere Out There ~ La Vie En Rose
Stairway to the Stars ~ Strangers in the Night ~ Suddenly from Les Misérables
The Man I Love ~ The Rose~ Unchained Melody ~ Unforgettable
What a Wonderful World ~ Wind Beneath My Wings
There’s A Summer Place ~ Wherever You Go ~ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
I Will (Beatles) ~ Can’t Help Falling In Love ~ Good Life
Everything I Do I Do It For You ~ Green Fields ~ Suddenly Les Miserables
Scarsborough Fair ~ Theme from Love Story ~ Stand By Me
All Together Now ~ All You Need Is Love ~ Here Comes The Sun
In My Life ~ Michelle, My Belle ~ Across the Universe
Oh, Darling ~ Penny Lane ~ Strawberry Fields Forever
Long and Winding Road ~ Eleanor Rigby ~ Let It Be
Here, There and Everywhere ~ Imagine ~ Norwegian Wood
A FEW FAVORITE CLASSICS
It’s never possible to list all of our classics as we acquire others from time to time and, well, the list would be just too large. Please let me know if you don’t see a song you’d like. We may very well have it!
Hungarian Dance #4 by Brahms ~ Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart
Serenade by Haydn ~ Brandenburg #2 by Bach
Laudate Dominum by Mozart
Minuet by Boccherini ~ Meditation by Glasonov
Humoresque by Dvorak ~ Romance by Schostakovitch
Clair de Lune by Debussy ~ Brandenburg # 3, 2nd Mov- Allegro by Bach
Concerto for Two Violins by Bach
Autumn and Spring, Allegros, by Vivaldi
Passacaile and Gigue by Handel ~ Quartets # 1 & 4 by Mozart
La Cinquantaine by Gabriel-Marie ~ Minuet in G by Bach
Piano Concerto Theme #21by Mozart ~ Divertimenti #1, 2 & 3 by Mozart
TheFlower Duet Song from Lakme by Debelius
Violin and Lute Concerto by Vivaldi ~ Christmas Concerto by Corelli
And of course Waltzes– Strauss, etc!
Please ask if you don’t see it. ETS may have it.
None available currently.
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring