Thursday, May 30, 2013

5/21/13 Childrens Hospital Physicians Garden Party

It was a perfect evening for a Garden Party at Phipps Conservatory for the Childrens Hospital Physicians Alumni Association. My Keystring Duo ( Violin & Keyboards) played Cocktails Dinner and Dessert in the Gardens and Special Events Room.  Many thanks to Kathy and Dr. Urbach for inviting us back for at least the 5th year in a row.

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5/19/13 CMU INI Graduation

Rodef Shalom Congregation   Shadyside

Skyview Jazz Trio - Violin, Keyboards and Bass

Thanks to Christa Jones and Terri Weinberg for having us back for the 4th year in a row for, what I have been told, is the best post-commencement party on campus that day. Great Food by Opening Night Catering, too.

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5/18/13 Mike & Leslie

Phipps Conservatory  Back Patio and Special Events Room
Solo Violinist Steven Vance for the Ceremony
Strolling Violin for Cocktails
DJ for Dinner and Dancing

Prelude Music: "Unchained Melody", "Can't Help Falling In Love With You", "Ode To Joy", "Amazing Grace"
Mom's and Grandmothers: "Ave Maria" Schubert
Bridesmaids: "Canon In D" Pachelbel
Bride: "Bridal Chorus" Wagner
Recessional: "Wedding March" Mendelssohn

Intro Music: Parents "You Make Me Feel So Young"   Sinatra
                    Wedding Party: "Eye Of the Tiger"  Survivor
                     Bride & Groom: "I Feel Good" James Brown
Cake: "Sugar, Sugar" The Archies
First Dance: "I Won't Give Up On Us" Jason Mraz
Bride & Dad: " I Just Called To Say I Love You"  Stevie Wonder
Groom & Mom: "I Knew I Loved You" Savage Garden
Longest Married Couple Dance: "L-O-V-E" Nat Cole
Last Song: "Over The Rainbow"  Izzy K

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5/18/13 Jenni & Jesse

Banquets Unlimited  Irwin PA
Solo Violinist Steven Vance

Bride's Processional: "Canon In D" Pachelbel
Recessional; Ode To Joy"  Beethoven

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5/21/13 CCAC North Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

CCAC North Campus
Strolling Violinist Steven Vance

Thanks to Nina Lyons for the invite to play for the Amy Brean Scholarship Fundraising Dinner.  Seemed to be very successful and it was a pleasure to be part of it.

5/25/13 Jamie & Justin

Heinz Chapel
Solo Violinist Steven Vance

Prelude:"Ave Maria" Schubert
Moms: "Trumpet Tune" Clarke
Bridesmaids: "Ode To Joy"  Beethoven
Bride: "Canon In D" Pachelbel
Sign Of Peace; " Prayer Of St. Francis"
Recessional: "Wedding March" from "Midsummer Night's Dream"  Mendelssohn

View from behind the organ at Heinz Chapel

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5/25/13 Lindsey & Jason

Ceremony in the Walled Garden of Mellon Park
Reception at Pittsburgh Center For The Arts
Solo Violin for the Ceremony, Strolling Violin for Cocktails, DJ for Dinner and Dancing

Prelude music: "Fraggle Rock", "Sesame Street". When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", "Speak Sofly, Love" and "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
Mom's Entrance: "Ave Maria" Schubert
Bridesmaids: " Let It Be"
Bride: "Bridal Chorus" Wagner
Recessional: "At Last"

Intro Music: "With A Little Help From My Friends" Joe Cocker
First Dance: "Harvest Moon" Neil Young
Cake: "Wigwam" Bob Dylan
Bride & Dad: "Daughters" John Mayer
Groom & Mom: "Over The Rainbow" Judy Garland
Last Song: " Phosphorescent" Song For Zula

Coolest Thing: Chinese Lantern release ended the night back in the garden. Each lantern had a lighted candle in it and they floated away to who knows where.

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5/26/13 Lauren & Jeremy

Solo Violin for the Ceremony and DJ music for Cocktail Dinner & Dancing
PNC Park

Bridesmaid and Bride Procession:  "Canon In D"
Recessional: "How Sweet It Is" Marvin Gaye  recorded version

Introduction Music: "Tonight Is The Night" Outasight
First Dance: "Lucky" Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Cake Cutting: "Bether Together" Jack Johnson
Bride & her Dad Dance: "There You'll Be"  Faith Hill
Last Song: "Sweet Caroline"

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We won ! "Best Of Weddings 2013"

It's official. We are honored to have been voted "Best Of Weddings 2013" by the brides of The Knot for the third year in a row.  This makes the extra effort all year worthwhile.  Thank you for your support.


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Cavanaugh Bride Show this Weekend!

Always look forward to the Cavanaugh Bride Show and this year it should be exceptional.

Need a Reason To Go?  Check out these 4 reasons to attend.

For an EXCLUSIVE discount, "like" our facebook page and get the coupon code. 

See you there!

1/19/13 Note from The Renaissance Hotel

"Awesome job as always. Thanks Steven. See you soon."

Tony Lee
Catering Sales Manager
Renaissance Hotel Downtown Pittsburgh

Re: Solo/Strolling Violinist Ron Molinaro playing the Ceremony and Cocktails for for Emily & Curtis

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

1/12/13 Katie & Kevin

Solo/Electric Violin with looping station for the Ceremony
DJ music for Cocktails
Strolling Violin for Dinner
DJ music for dancing

The Chadwick in Wexford was decked out for this lovely afternoon wedding. Everything took place in the balroom where the guests took their dinner seats and stayed comfy for the rest of the day. Some couples are more emotional than others and Kevin and Katie were near the top of the charts.  In a pre-wedding meeting the week of the event Kevin said he could not wait to get married because "I love this girl".  You might be surprised at how rare it is to hear that unprompted.  The rest of the day was a reflection of this closeness.

Music highlights:
Bridesmaids Procession:  "Jesu, Joy Of Mans Desiring"  Bach
Bride's Procession: "Can't Help Falling In Love With You"  Elvis.  On electric violin.
Sand Ceremony and Roses: "Simple Gifts"
Recessional: "This Will Be An Everlasting Love"  CD
Postlude: "Treasure" Bruno Mars  with the first few seconds cut out  "Just Say Yes" Snow Patrol

Intro Music: "Marry You"  Bruno Mars
Cake: "My Guy" Mary Wells
First Violin Request: "Clair De Lune"  Debussy
First Dance: "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" Michael Buble
Wedding Party: "Stand By Me"  The Drifters
Bride and her Dad: "Then They Do"  Trace Adkins
Groom and his Mom: "I Hope You Dance"  LeeAnn Womack
Longest Married Couple: "L-O-V-E" Nat Cole
Last Song: "Come Away With Me"  Norah Jones

Coolest thing: The groom's grandfather sang in many bands in the 50's and 60's so the couple surprised him by digging out a recording of a song he played guitar on called "Long Route Home" with everyone dancing and clapping.

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Bride Show This Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday January 26 and 27 we will be at the Wyndham Grand Hotel (former Hilton) Downtown from 11-4 each day as part of the Cavanaugh Bride Show. With 165 of the top wedding vendors in the area and fashion shows all day this is one of the biggest and best shows of it's kind. Stop by to say hello.  We are easy to find.  Listen for the Violin when you get off the elevator.  Bundle up and see you there.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

1/19/13 Nicole and Mike

Violin and Piano for the Ceremony, Cocktails and Dinner
DJ dance music the rest of the night

They were the singing-est group I've ever had. They started with first first request and everything from "Edelweiss"to the "Steelers Polka" including a traditional Slovakian Toast and Song.

Bridesmaids and Bride Procession:  "Canon In D" George Winston-style
Recessional: "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi
Introduction Music: "St. Elmo's Fire" theme
First Violin Request: "That's Amore"

First Dance: "Come Away With Me"  Norah Jones
Bride and her Dad: "Daddy's Little Girl"  Michael Buble
Bride and her Step-Dad: "You Are My Sunshine"  Johnny Cash
Groom and his Mom: "Over The Rainbow" Izzy K

Last Song: "Blue Hawaii" Elvis

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

1/10/13 Giant Eagle Grand Reopening

Strolling through the newly renovated store and meeting customers and music lovers was a pleasant way to spend a January afternoon.  Thanks to Bees Knees entertainment for setting it up.

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1/5/13 Twelfth Night Party

"On the twelfth day of Christmas ..." they had a party.  For at least the 15th year in a row we had the privilege of playing one of the most elegant parties of every year in a private home. It's like steeping back 100 years in this North Side mansion complete with ballroom.  Period costumes, period menu and period music by my Vienna Nights Orchestra of 2 violins, piano and bass complimented by vocalists Etta Cox and Lilly Abreu.

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12/31/12 New Years Eve

The lobby of the Omni William Penn Hotel glistened as revelers enjoyed Cocktails and Dinner in the Palm Court.  It was a pleasure to be part of a very fine band with Pianist Chris Pangikis, Bassist Mike Houlis, and the sublime Jazz Vocalist Michael Bensen. A beautiful way to start the New Year !

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12/29/13 Grace & Jason

Violin and Piano for the Ceremony
Violin and DJ performance for the Reception
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Warrendale

A pleasant surprise was that a former college roommate was the Bride's uncle and did the video.  The dance floor was jumping all night because there were many dancers and dance students in the family.

Music highlights-
Mom's and Bridesmaids Processional: "Canon In D"
Bride's Processional: "Bridal March"  Wagner
Remembrance Song: "Amazing Grace"
Recessional: "How Sweet It Is" by James Taylor
Introduction Music: "Pittsburgh Penguins Theme Song"
Bride & Groom First Dance: "Hold On"  Michael Buble
Cake Cutting Song: "You Are The Best Thing" Ray LaMontagne
First Violin Request: "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"
Bride & Dad: " In My Daughter's Eyes"
Groom & Mom: "I'll Be There" Michael Jackson
Last Song: "Moondance" Michael Buble

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12/23/13 Candlelight Christmas Dinner

It was a beautiful evening for at least the 10th year in a row.  The seafood buffet looked as good as ever and the ballroom sparkled as we played Holiday music through Dinner.  Thanks to Beth Brown at the club for inviting us back.

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