Rondo Honored with The Knots “HALL OF FAME” Award

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We received a tremendous honor this week!  The Knot is an online site that provides vendor information, reviews and ideas for every possible aspect of ones wedding day. Each year, this online wedding site holds a “best of weddings” competition.  Reviews from former clients are the way in which you accumulate votes.  We are so proud to have been a winner of the Best of Weddings for several years running.  This Hall of Fame trophy was awarded to us for having been voted the “BEST” by real newlyweds four or more times. While the trophy is lovely, its the fact that our former clients are so pleased with our string quartet services that they will take the time to write us a glowing review. Our 5 Star designation, the highest possible, is a point of pride for us.  We consider it an honor to be a part of any couples wedding day and work diligently to provide the best possible musical experience.  The music is a critical part of a wedding day and one that should hold memories for the newlyweds and guests alike. If you are looking for wedding music, check out any of our 70 reviews on The Knot.

Rondo String Quartet on The Knot

If you’d like to learn even more about us and hear sound clips, visit our website!

Rondo String Quartet

We look forward to writing and posting pictures about YOUR wedding day here soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bloomfield Hunt Club – Where horses and wine define a good time!

20151022_181309Few places can top the elegance and tradition of the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club. It was in 1917 that a small group of Grosse Pointe and “Hills” residents purchased 6.7 acres at the dirt road intersection of Bloomfield Center Road (now Long Lake Road) and Ball Line Road (now Kensington Road) for the purpose of pursuing their recreational passion of fox hunting.  From that special direction, a truly unique family club has emerged. Although actual fox hunting ended in 1965 the equestrian facet continued to thrive with new barns and over 70 acres for riding and both indoor and outdoor rings.  In the next three decades, the trend towards a wide variety of sports and recreational facilities to the broad interest of the members took shape and continues into the next century.

It was in this venue that we had the pleasure of playing for a Wine Dinner hosted by Wendy GrimaldiGoulx. The evening opened with a horse exhibition and hor d’oeuvres. Thomas Arvid, America’s preeminent painter of wine, was present with several of his beautiful works for sale. We played through dinner as each wine was introduced, sampled and the various courses served. Our classic rock selections were a very well received. We saw the cell phones come out as we played Fred Bear, Kashmir and Stairway to Heaven. It was lovely evening for a group of friends coming together to support the equestrian programs of this esteemed Hunt Club.

Bloomfield Open Hunt Club

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Casual Elegance Defines Wedding at Tam-O-Shanter in West Bloomfield

IMG_2464Sophisticated and reflecting casual elegance, Tam-O-Shanter Country Club has a rich history in our community that extends back to 1925 when a group of wealthy Detroit industrialists leased the 160-acre tract of rolling wooded land in West Bloomfield.  Known for its beautiful vista of the golf course, the Club House is of English architecture and masonry construction.  Jodi and Ethan chose this premier venue for their wedding day and exchanged vows overlooking the country club’s 18-hole Championship course.  One of the days highlights was the humor that Noah brought to the wedding ceremony in his role as officiant.  Ethan’s brother and Jodi’s good friend since the 6th grade, Noah wove the story of their relationship and unique qualities into the wedding vows.  The warmth and laughter shared by family and friends alike reflected the kind and generous nature of this couple.

Over the months of conversations, interactions and the process of music selection, we often develop an impression of the couple.  It was clear that Ethan and Jodi have a appreciation for tradition and an enjoyment of current trends. For their wedding ceremony, they chose classics such as the Beatles “In My Life” and “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations.  Yet they followed it with Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.

Following the ceremony, we played a wide array of music for the cocktail hour and had couples dancing, Dads and their daughters bouncing and swaying while others sang along to “I’m A Believer”, “Don’t Stop Believing” just to name a few. Tam-o-Shanter is known for its fine dining and the aroma of lamb chops and other delectable hor’doeurves were mouth watering while The “red coat” ladies from Party Assurance had everything running on time with their usual efficiency right up to the end with dinner and dancing provided by a top area band.  Congratulations to Jodi and Ethan and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.

Tam-O-Shanter Country Club

Party Assurance

Planterra Conservatory Creates A Tropical Destination Wedding Here in Michigan

5d91e0d8-8372-447d-ea5f-2198724c51e3[1]A tropical wedding sounds luxuriously appealing but isn’t always practical for today’s couples and their families.  Karine and Christopher exchanged vows in a beautiful tropical setting right here in Michigan at the Planterra Conservatory of West Bloomfield.  The wedding was exceptionally well organized with the help of Megan, event coordinator at Planterra, who made sure that the facility was looking it’s best, and  Tiffany of Party Assurance who orchestrated the event with expertise and calm. A veteran in the wedding business, Tiffany is a delight to work with and we are always thankful for her assistance and reassured when we see her.

The couple chose upbeat contemporary music for their ceremony.  We played “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Such Great Heights” by Postal Service “Marry Me” by Train and “Starlight” by Muse to mentioned just a few.  Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” was the officiant and spoke eloquently about the couple and a young marriage. Fairytale Productions, videographers, captured the day for the couple to enjoy for years top come. The bridal party wore soft grey/silvery dresses and was completed by two adorable little boys, one of whom come down in a wagon.  As cute as they were, they could not out shine Karine, who had a gorgeous gown accented with silver and a skirt of soft flowing folds.  It was a beauty! We wish them the very best as they begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Planterra Conservatory

Party Assurance

I Do’s Your Way

Fairtytale Productions

”Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you”

IMG_1236This quote from the Apache wedding prayer was part of the reading at Amanda and Phillip’s wedding at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. It was read by Geoffrey Gower, who traveled from Great Britain to be present at his granddaughter’s wedding. It was a sentimental start to the wedding which was highlighted by Amanda’s daughter, Layla, processing as the flower girl for her mother’s wedding.

Oakland Hills Country Club is a beautiful venue and an exceptionally efficient staff. Karen Sahlin, wedding coordinator for the country club, was a great help and we extend our appreciation to her and her staff for their assistance. The flowers, the work of Dale Morgan of Blossoms, were composed of gorgeous purples and yellows. Photographer Kellie Saunders was getting some terrific shots of the couple and Videographer Tom Estes was documenting the day for the Amanda and Phillip. We saw our friend and colleague, Seth Michaels of Mike Staff Productions setting up for the reception so are confident that the music for the evening ahead was excellent.
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Oakland Hills Country Club

Blossoms of Birmingham

Kellie Saunders, Photographer

Mike Staff Productions

Legacy of Love Defines 50th Wedding Anniversary at Orchard Lake Country Club

Congratulations to Eva and Ziggy who celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends at Orchard Lake Country Club.  As the pictures show, the room was elegantly appointed and a re-recreation of their original wedding cake had been prepared by the staff.  Our thanks to Diane, banquet coordinator for Orchard Lake, for her assistance throughout the evening.  It is always a sincere pleasure to play at their elegant facility.

Throughout the evening, we played a wide assortment of music, including one of Eva’s favorites, “Moon River”.  The guests enjoyed a delicious meal and shared memories and words of appreciation to the couple.  Towards the end, Ziggy and Eva shared a dance as we serenaded them.  As we listened to the speeches given by family, we were truly touched by the legacy of love that this couple has created over the years.  We send them heartfelt congratulations for inspiring us and demonstrating that marital bliss can indeed stand the test of time.  May there be many happy days ahead for years to come.

Orchard Lake Country Club  

Rondo String Quartet Nominated On Detroit’s City Voter

The Rondo String Quartet is looking for votes!  http://detroit.cityvoter.com/the-rondo-string-quartet/biz/80059  If you have not voted on City Voter before, you will need to register and then verify your email by clicking the link provided.  City Voter should not contact you again or give your email to any outside parties.  Thank-you for your support!

Wedding with Celtic Flair at Academy of the Sacred Heart

Congratulations to Mary and Matthew, married last week at Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.  The church was beautifully decorated with poinsettias, red tea lights, pinecone and evergreen pew decorations.  Mary wore a vintage style dress while her bridesmaids wore elegant black gowns.  All the ladies carried white bouquets of roses and hydrangeas with embellished with white feathers.  It was a lovely effect.  Mary and Matthew had a couple of special requests for us.  Following a prelude of light classics which included, Claire De Lune, the couple’s mothers were seated to “The Ludlow’s” from the romantic movie, “Legends of the Falls”.  The bridal party processed to a Celtic version of “Be Thou My Vision” while Mary entered to another Celtic favorite, “Give My Your Hand”.   Deacon John Schulte delivered a touching ceremony marked with several personal references to the couple.  Wedding coordinator, Danielle, was a tremendous help both to us and the family.  Jenna, cantor and also bridesmaid, did a lovely job with the responsorial psalm and alleluia.  Following their introduction, the couple recessed to Bittersweet Symphony, which has been very popular this year.  We extend our best wishes to Mary and Matthew as they begin their life together.

Academy of the Sacred Heart

Prose and Poetry Bring Unique Quality to Wedding in Bloomfield Hills

Best wishes to Maureen and Benjamin on their wedding last week at Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills. Laura West of “Events That Impress” organized an elegant event that included candles along the aisle. The ceremony was led by Reverend Sherry from “A Joyful Celebration” and incorporated personal wedding vows and other elements that represented the uniqueness of this couple. The ceremony opened with a special reading, “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernieres, which was read by Beatriz Herraro, Grandmother of the Bride. The bridal party, dressed in navy gowns with an ivory ribbon sash processed to “Trumpet Voluntary” while Maureen walked to the majestic “Queen of Sheba” by Handel. The ceremony was closed by Tommy Kogelschatz, brother of the bride, who read “Oh! The Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Following the presentation of the couple, we performed a Beatles favorite, “Here Comes the Sun”. We send our best wishes to Benjamin and Maureen as they begin their life together.

Events That Impress
A Joyful Celebration
Birmingham Unitarian Church

Wedding a Celebration of Love and Family at Temple Israel

ImageCongratulations to Andrew and Becky who were married this weekend at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield.  Surrounded by family and friends under the chuppah, the couple exchanged vows and rings.  The Rabbi spoke beautifully of the couples shared love and family traditions that enveloped the newly wedded couple.  Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels sang the blessings and led the guests in the celebratory Simon Tov at the conclusion.   Pianist Tom Loncaric added his talents to the ceremony and also accompanied Mr. Michaels.  The couple chose fun contemporary music for their special day.  We played Falling Slowly, My Girl, Stand By Me, At Last and Yellow for the seating of the guests.  All You Need is Love and Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles was played for the processional.  Becky chose to process to The Way You Look Tonight; one of the many sentimental moments of the evening.  Following the ceremony, the couple and their guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner.  Special thanks to Pam, coordinator at Temple Israel, who is always helpful when we’re honored to play in their facility.  Best wishes to Becky and Andrew as they begin their lives together.

Temple Israel

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