Ribbons and Strings Ensembles add the soul-stirring beauty of live music to your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. We feature combinations of stringed instruments, including violins, viola, and cello. Remember that we gladly add other instruments to the string groups upon request. Weddings are our specialty, but we are available to perform for all types of social gatherings and special events. We serve Boulder, Denver, and the entire Front Range metro region and beyond with a huge variety of wedding and event music including classical, pop and rock, Broadway, and more.
Music Repertoire.......We have been performing together since 1999. Each performer is an experienced, professional college trained musician with a great reputation and a deep love of all genres of music. We have developed a huge repertoire of music, from time-honored classics to today’s popular songs and everyth btween and beyond. Let us know your favorite song; we will be sure to include it to make your special day even more memorable.
Fun Decorative Ribbons.......Early on, we decided to decorate our instruments with beautiful ribbons, using colors that are complementary to the wedding decorations. The clients/guests loved it! We soon made it an important part of our theme, even incorporating the idea into our name: Ribbons and Strings Ensembles.
Our Ensembles.......You can choose an ensemble to match your personal taste and budget. Each group has custom music arrangements and a unique sound.
Razumovsky String Quartet.......Our signature ensemble, the Razumovsky String Quartet, consists of two violins, viola, and cello. This grouping of instruments can produce a full-bodied sound when needed or provide quiet background music when appropriate. Listen to a sample recording. You won’t believe that so much music can be produced by only four musicians.
Triad String Trio.......Our trio can be configured in the traditional way: violin, viola, and cello. For a somewhat lighter sound, the configuration can consist of two violins and one viola. For each configuration we have custom arrangements covering a fabulous variety of music in all styles.
Debonair String Duo.......For the ultimate in intimate sound, choose the Debonair String Duo for your special occasion. Our flexible repertoire enables you to choose any combination of two instruments: two violins, two violas, violin, plus viola, viola plus cello—you get the idea.
Get in touch and let's talk about your special wedding music!
Carrie Beeder, Autumn Deppa, and Ellen Persiko: Violinists
Deb Corisis: Violist and Manager
Cami-Kidwell Dodge: Trumpeter
Jeremy Kern: Piano and Keyboards
Rowanna Bobo, Mathieu D'Ordine and Ruth Brooks: Cellists
Christen Stevens: Flutist
Laurie Dameron: Guitarist and Singer
Our repertoire list is so large that it is impossible to list just a few influences. Take a look at the list and you will see why.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 360 minutes
With R & S you will have the maximum in client satisfaction because we care about your wedding/event like you do. Every wedding or event is unique and we help to make yours truly your own with the music YOU want.
Depending on the venue/event, we may need any of the following: awning, chairs, electrical outlet(s)
We are able to perform with or without amplification, inside or outside. We have battery operated small amplifiers. We also use regular house amps for a large group if needed. We have quarter inch jacks.
SAMPLE MUSIC LIST – for Traditional Wedding Ceremonies – this is a sample of ONE possible 1 1/2 hour wedding ceremony which includes prelude and postlude music. Our actual repertoire list will not fit on this space, not even 1/4 of it, so please see out list on our site and I will also email you the list.
We have a gong, bells, or a triangle which we will bring FREE of charge if you would like us to play one of these to announce that any portion of the ceremony is about to begin. Please let us know if you would like one/more of these.
Prelude/Guest seating music: usually begins 20-30 minutes before the ceremony begins – 7-8 pieces provides about the right amount of music for approximately 30 minutes of prelude/seating music. Choose from these:
1. Spring from Four Seasons First and/or Third Movements – Vivaldi
2. Divertimento in F Major – All Movements – Mozart
3. Concerto for Two Violins (Bach Double), 2nd Movement – Bach
4. Ode To Joy from Symphony No. 9 – Beethoven
5. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - Handel
6. Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate – Mozart
7. Air from Suite in D Major – Bach
8. Autumn from Four Seasons First Movement - Vivaldi
9. Trumpet Tune – Purcell - to announce that the ceremony is going to begin - may be done by the string ensembles with or without trumpet.
Seating of VIPs – mothers/parents – grandparents, other significant special guests: choose one
10. Passacaille – Handel
11. Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson - Handel
Processional of Bridesmaids, Flower Girl(s), Ring Bearer(s): may want to break this up into more than one selection, one for bridesmaids, another for flower girls etc. Choose one or more.
12. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Bach
13. Winter – Second Movement - Vivaldi
14. Flower Duet from Lakme – Delibes
15. Serenade from Swan Song – Schubert
Processional of Bride:
16. Canon in D Major – Pachelbel OR
17. Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) – Wagner
Unity Candle (if applicable): - may also be used for rock ceremony, sand ceremony, water ceremony, presentation of flowers, ?? – choose one or more depending on length of various ceremonies.
18. Unity Candle Song
19. Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart
20. Ave Maria – Schubert or Bach (we have two versions)
Recessionals: - depending on the number of guests etc., you should have from 3 – 5 recessional pieces. Choose from these:
21. Hornpipe from Water Music in D Major – Handel
22. Rondeau (Theme from Masterpiece Theater) – Mouret
23. Autumn from Four Seasons First Movement – Vivaldi – (if did not play in prelude)
24. La Rejouissance – Handel
25. Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
26. Palladio First Movement - Jenkins
27. Brandenburg Concerto in G Major First and Second Movements – Bach
Past Booked Dates:
09-01-2011 — Wedding; Littleton, CO
08-06-2011 — Wedding; Broomfield, CO
06-25-2011 — Wedding, Littleton, CO
06-25-2011 — Wedding, Sedalia, CO
06-11-2011 — Wedding; Aspen, CO
02-14-2011 — Wedding; Breckenridge, CO
02-05-2011 — Wedding; Breckenridge, CO
01-29-2011 — Wedding; Breckenridge, CO
2006: 37 gigs
2007: 44 gigs
2008: 48 gigs
2009: 53 gigs
2010: 43 gigs
2011: 47 gigs
2012: 11 gigs
Available for Your
Anniversary Party, Awards Night, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Christmas Party, Church Service, Club/Nightclub, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Dinner Dance, Ethnic Celebration, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Funeral Service, Graduation, Grand Opening, Halloween Party, Holiday Party, Hotel, Launch Party, Luncheon/Tea, Private Party, Prom, Religious Celebration, Restaurant, Retreat, Reunion, Studio Session, Trade Show, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception