What services do you offer?
We provide exceptional quality customized ensembles of strings/flute/harp/piano/soprano/trumpet/guitar for the ceremony, cocktail hour, for both the ceremony and cocktail hour as well as for receptions for those who are perhaps interested in a softer atmosphere.
How can you help enhance the ceremony and cocktail hour?
The sound of our music is unique, in tune, and “of the highest quality” as stated by JB Miller, President of Empire Entertainment NYC. Colleagues who have heard our ensembles have remarked at the distinct, and exceptional quality of our music making. We guarantee to play your special music in tune, from the heart, and with much soul, fire, passion and experience. The range of styles we can perform for you will surely enhance any party or wedding. To be able to choose from great classical selections to rock songs by the Verve, INXS, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and many other cool rock artists is a unique service as a classically based ensemble. The variety of selections, sound, and the professionalism of our musicians are a sure bet in enhancing your special day. Other groups can perhaps play a rock song or Beatles song however the knowledge of style and the talent required to give those songs the renditions they warrant are an ability and skill unique to Capriccio Ensemble. Our performances of all music, from classical to vintage rock, have received rave reviews on many wedding websites and we have received countless thank you notes for our contribution to the wedding ceremony/cocktail hour music of many of our clients. The excellent quality as well as the vibrancy of our music is enhanced and highlighted by the level of talent and experience of our performers
All of our musicians have been trained either at the Juilliard School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and even at the Leningrad Conservatory of Music. All are full time professionals also in demand for performances at concerts with string quartets, trios, for Broadway shows, professional orchestras such as the American Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, and for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. As the Artistic Director of Capriccio Ensemble some of my very own credits include, being a part of the String Quartet heard every day in the beginning of 'Nickelodeons ID music, being a part of the string section on the album with Billy Joel of 'An Innocent Man', performing for Billy Joel's birthday Party one year at the Waterclub Cafe in NYC, being the concertmistress of the Westbury Music Fair Orchestra, and performing at many Broadway shows.
We provide all of our clients with lists of music to see the styles or special songs which can be performed. These range from great classical chamber music, light jazzy songs such as by Gershwin and Cole Porter, Italian, Irish or Spanish songs, show tunes, Sinatra songs, soft romantic songs by Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Elton John, Whitney Houston to Beatles songs, songs by Cold Play, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Journey, U2, INXS, Black Sabbath and many other rock style songs. As the Artistic Director, I personally enjoy these songs and have listened to all styles of music my entire life as well as studying the violin on a very high level and being a NY State sponsored Solo violin recitalist at one point in my career with “Caprice 24” by Paganini and “Tzigane” by Ravel on my recital program, performed from memory.
What kind of mood does your music help create:
Whatever mood you would like us to convey. We can perform all elegant classical music for a warm, relaxed ambience/mood or we can perform all soft romantic and contemporary songs for a more modern and romantic mood. What I have found is that mixing styles, particularly for the cocktail hour works great with the flow of the mood of the wedding. We generally start a cocktail hour by performing either classical music or light vintage jazzy songs by Gershwin or Cole Porter to create a romantic mood. Towards the latter portion of the cocktail hour we transition towards songs by the Beatles, rock songs, songs by Madonna, Cold Play, The Verve and much more to correspond with the mood of the party that is about to really take off during the reception.
When we perform a ceremony at church, particularly a Roman Catholic Church mass or ceremony we stay with spiritual and classical music generally, which creates the effect of calm and a more spiritual mood.
At one recent ceremony, held at a reception hall we performed all somewhat dark, minor key songs and we found that this created an ambience of passion and intensity. It worked for what our bride and groom wanted!
How can couples “customize” this type of music?
For full customization of our play list we offer a “Deluxe Service” package.We perform many different styles of music from beautiful classical to hard rock including a recent arrangement of “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath. As we perform via sheet music in books, we have over time created 3 packages for our clients. Via the “Deluxe Service” package our clients can submit a list of 10 or more favorite selections to be performed pre-ceremony/for Prelude music as well as (if we are also to perform at the cocktail hour) their own handpicked list of 20-30 selections for the cocktail hour. Via the “Deluxe Service” Package we will also learn up to 6 new selections that are not found on any of our repertoire lists. Recently we learned “Never Tear us Apart” by the INXS, as well as “Naïve Melody” by the Talking Heads and “You Shook Me” by AC/DC none of which were in our library of songs.
For a wedding ceremony to be held in a church, the “Deluxe Service” package offers full coordination of all of the music in conjunction with the church musicians which means that we can provide a beautiful backdrop of music together with the organist/vocalist on selections such as “Ave Maria” or the “Mass of Creation” or for the performance of a hymn or other spiritual music.
We offer 2 other packages one of which are:
1. The “Standard Package” which offers some degree of customization of our play list and another package we recently put into play called,
2. The “Special Offer recession-busting” Package via which we shall choose much of the music on our own. We base these choices on our experience and in our knowing, as trained musicians and professionals, what will sound really good and then leaving the choice of styles to the client and of course, the bride/groom/the client will choose (via any package!) the Processional and Recessional music.For more information on our packages and fees please feel free to contact Natalie via phone (212-923-4807 or cell phone, 917-273-9183) or via E-mail to NDK1capriccio@msn.com directly.
How far in advance do couples have to book with you?
Some people reserve with us well in advance as in 2 years or more. Others will contact us 1 year in advance or perhaps 6-9 months in advance. We also receive requests 1-2 months in advance and in some instances 1-2 weeks prior to the wedding. It seems a matter of personal comfort level as to when to contact us. We have a few instrumentalists per instrument and can accommodate most requests. Sometimes when we are very busy we may have already exhausted all of our team in being totally booked. It’s not easy for me to give advise on this subject other than to say feel free to contact us!
Trio of Violin, Harp and Cello in Concert
Violin and Harp Dup Live in Concert at the Riverdale Public Library, Bronx NY on June 11th 2013
Violin and Harp Duo, Performed Live on 6/11/13 at the Riverdale NY Public Library in Concert
Performed live, Duo of Violin and Harp at the Riverdale NY Public Library on 6/11/13..last piece on program!
Reserve a Solo Violinist for any wedding date and receive a 25% discount on our fees. The offer is good for a Wedding Ceremony, 'Invitation' violinist for a wedding or reception, and for a 1 hour Cocktail Hour. It can also be utilized for the combination fee of a Ceremony and Cocktail HourPrint
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Charity Function this Weekend!
02 April 2015 11:02 PM by Capriccio Ensemble
Capriccio Ensemble is honored to participate on Saturday Evening 4/4/15 at a Charity dinner for children with cancer. The event will be held at Ronald McDonald NYC (E. 73rd St) and is for the childre...Read more
Holiday Special 20 % Off
10 November 2014 08:15 AM by Capriccio Ensemble
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Special Discount Available for a 'like' of our Facebook Fanpage!
14 July 2014 04:43 PM by Capriccio Ensemble
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Choosing the Best Music Processionals!
01 August 2013 01:13 AM by Capriccio Ensemble
For some of us, the most beautiful music to our ears and for the bride's Processional is a traditional selection or the also traditional soft, pretty classical 'Canon in D' and to others an upbeat so...Read more
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Hi...trying to beat winter cold and blahs! As I'm not a skiier (wish I was as it's a wonderful sport this time of year and I also love to watch skiiers)...I have been rehearsing and focused on music ...Read more