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Ceremony Music in Highland Park, IL,
(847) 780-8900
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    J. Amarilio

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  • Simply wonderful. Surpassed all expectations in performance and both easy and friendly to work with. Highly recommend.

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    Thank you, Jonathan! It was such a pleasure to work with you & Bridget on your nontraditional brunch celebration!

    Marianne Combs

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  • We had the pleasure of the Artistrings quartet providing the music at our small, intimate (55 guest) brunch wedding reception this fall. The music was fantastic and Carol was a great emcee. They easily moved between our outdoor and indoor space and were an elegant and fun addition to our reception. Not only is Artistrings extremely talented, but working with them was one of the most enjoyable aspects of the wedding planning process. Chris and Carol are friendly and accessible and seem to truly take a lot of joy in helping to make your event perfect. Their catalog of music is wide-ranging and impressive, and they learned new pieces to incorporate some of our favorite songs into the program. They had wonderful suggestions and understood the ambiance we wanted to create at our reception. We and our guests loved their performance, and they were a huge part of making our wedding so special. I highly recommend Artistrings for your event.

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    Thank you, Marianne! We had the BEST time playing for your brunch celebration, and absolutely love the way you and Peter planned things out. It suited the two of you perfectly. Thanks so much for choosing us to celebrate with you!

    Sarah

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  • The quartet sounded great! We got compliments from many guests. Also, it was so cool that they transcribe two songs for us as part of their package. The two songs we asked for sounded really good. I would hire Artistrings again in a heartbeat!

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    Thank you Sarah! We loved adding those tunes for you, especially "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea." You had the most perfect summer day in the garden, and we wish you and Kevin all the very best!

    Samantha

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  • We're so happy we had artistrings play for our ceremony and cocktail hour! It really added to the magic of our day. They have an outstanding repertoire and were incredibly responsive to any questions I had. Carol in particular was very accommodating and even helped us make song selections when I was feeling overwhelmed. Highly recommend!!

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    It was an honor to play for your wedding day, Samantha! We loved helping you choose music, and I think we came up with a beautiful backdrop for your outdoor ceremony. All our best to you!

    Robert

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  • Artistrings is possibly the greatest classical music group in the event industry. We were so excited to have them play our ceremony and cocktail hour. They played 30 minutes of prelude before our ceremony, the most beautiful songs during the ceremony to perfection, and then rocked out on the violins and other instruments playing party music during our cocktail hour but on classical instruments!! They literally were amazing in every respect and nailed it big time!!! Totally recommended!! Thanks so much! Robert and Josie E

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    Robert, it was our absolute honor to play for you, Josie, and your guests! Planning with you two was SO much fun, and celebrating with you was even better. All our love and best wishes to you both!!!

    sarah

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  • Absolutely splendid! We hired Artistrings string quartet to play our pre-ceremony music, ceremony + cocktail hour and I cannot speak more highly of their service, quality of music, & professionalism. Their diversity of music capability, coupled with their responsiveness and quality is top-notch. I'd 100% recommend them to any who is looking for a string quartet for their wedding or event. Thank you Artistrings for adding such a beautiful component to our wedding day! -Sarah + Rohit

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    Thank you so much, Sarah! You were a joy to work with, and the lakefront provided such a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony + cocktail hour. All our best to you and Rohit!

    Caitlin

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  • Artstrings / Sarlas Music was SUCH a joy to work with! So accommodating, flexible, responsive and talented! Chris and Carol made this whole process easy and enjoyable. I was super stressed about our ceremony music and they met with me for a second time and walked my through everything. I probably had at least a dozen changes and each time Carol was super accommodating. We used the Carol Sarlas band for our wedding reception, the Artstrings quartet for the ceremony and the Artstrings pop quartet for our rehearsal - all were AMAZING!

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    Thank you Caitlin! You were an absolute joy to work with, and I love the way your ceremony music came together. Your guests enjoyed an amazing day because of all the thought you put into the plans for your wedding celebration. Thank you for including us!!

    Christina

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  • Artistrings string quartet performed for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, and I can honestly say that they were perfect! From the first intro call with Chris to then emailing Carol questions and requesting new songs, they were so thoughtful, responsive, and accommodating. I can't recommend them enough. They made our ceremony feel so personal and we received many compliments on how the quartet set the perfect atmosphere for an elegant but fun garden wedding at the Cheney Mansion in Oak Park. Also, I live in NYC, and so did not get to meet with Chris/Carol in person before our wedding, however I had no hesitations for even a second given how great they were on phone and email. They also provide a very helpful ceremony guide and procession "cheat sheet". So even if you're planning remotely, you can rest assured Artistrings will take care of you!

    Miya

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  • The Creative Director, Carol Kalvonjian who I worked directly with was extremely professional, attentive and warm. We had the best experience with Artistrings for our wedding held at the Art Institute Chicago. They took my direction precisely and made valuable suggestions creating a warm welcome for our guests AND they gave me an entrance of a QUEEN... it was truly grand and spectacular. I highly recommend.

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    Miya, thank you for the kind words! We loved filling the Modern Wing with our brass quintet & string quintet ensemble for your wedding ceremony, and especially, your entrance. You were the epitome of grace and elegance, and we were honored to celebrate with you!

    Skip

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  • Artistrings performed the wedding ceremony music for both of my daughters' weddings (December 2012 and November 2017). Absolutely wonderful. In addition to being a great musician, Carol has great insights and suggestions. Very flexible and they were able to get music that was not in their standard repertoire. Lots of tears of joy, with many guests wanting to know what was the great music that was played during the ceremonies. I highly recommend them - you will be delighted!

    Richard

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  • My wife and I enjoyed a 2hr set from a string trio provided by Artistrings during the dinner service at our wedding reception, and we loved every minute of it. The organisation of the day was very simple, following an initial call from Chris at Sarlas Music (who calmly helped us understand our options for the day from the initial ideas we had in mind). Later we liaised with Chris’ wife Carol, who was also very friendly and professional in helping to arrange everything with the musicians we'd actually be hearing on the day. Our reception was in the Gold Room at the Congress Plaza hotel, and we were delighted by what Jeri-Lou and her two colleagues were able to play for us. They're clearly all very talented musicians, and it was beautiful to hear their music in the sumptuous surrounding of this ballroom. We'd sent in a specific request for a piece of music in advance, and Artistrings included this at a perfectly appropriate moment during dinner. The musicians were also flexi... Read more

    Petros

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  • Bare bones, money matters, but this is your big event so quality matters, too. Luckily, you've found yourself here where both blend as best they can. Let me tell you what Chris & Carol did for us. We had their string quartet for the ceremony & cocktail hour & two bands for the reception during dinner & dancing. The music was all over the place, just as we are. We had classic classical, jazz & pop strings, suave vocals, American dance, & Greek Horos (χορος). My bride walked down the aisle to Dr. Who & there were video game tunes on strings during drinks! So, add that all up. 4 bands with a rich range from contemporary to even the obscure. Try piecing that together with multiple vendors & I guarantee you'll be setting yourself up for a heart attack. Bottom line, it's not going to be cheap, but Chris & Carol are the one two punch knockout commanders you want in your corner with their talented musicians & singers. They sound great & look good doing it. They can read the mood of the... Read more

    Jordan & Dan

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  • Our best advice is to use them! Seriously, you will not be disappointed. From the very first phone call it was clear that we had found exactly what we were looking for. We needed music for our ceremony and cocktail hour at our wedding. We wanted to be unique but classy, familiar, yet fun. We got WAY more than we bargained for with Artistrings, in the best possible way. We had some creative ideas about how we wanted our music to flow and Carol and Chris were trusted partners to not only us, helping with the final music selection, but with the other vendors to make our transitions flow smoothly. We can't say enough good things, so we can only suggest that if you're looking for a quality group that KNOWS THEIR $H!T, you'll be doing yourself and your loved ones a huge favor.

    patricia

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  • When I initially called them, airstrings was responsive, communicative and very pleasant. They worked with the bride and groom for music selections during and before/after the ceremony. The musicians were professional and their music enhanced the ceremony beautifully. Highly recommended.

    Dana

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  • Art strings was the perfect touch to a beautiful day!
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