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Ptarmigan Classical and Rock String Quartet

Boulder , CO
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LOCATION

Boulder, CO US 80301 (map)

PHONE

303-444-6765

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

"WINNER of BRIDE's CHOICE AWARDS!

Ptarmigan String Quartet is a Classical and a Rock String Quartet Performing Everything from Bach to Bruno and Adele and more! Founded in... Read more
"WINNER of BRIDE's CHOICE AWARDS!

Ptarmigan String Quartet is a Classical and a Rock String Quartet Performing Everything from Bach to Bruno and Adele and more! Founded in 1996 - Ptarmigan String Quartet’s exceptional musicians provide you with professional elegance and flair for your Wedding or other Special Event! CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING: "Fantastic" "Thrilled with Your Performance" "Exactly What I Wanted" "You Rock!" "Amazing" "Magical" "Perfectly Timed" "Flawless Performance" "Brilliantly Played!" "DEFINITELY HIRE THIS GROUP!" "Incredibly Beautiful!" "Could Not Have Asked for a Better Quartet!"

SPECIAL SERVICES:

**** Military Discount

**** Attendance at your Wedding Rehearsal

**** Advice on Ceremonies and Assistance with selecting music



Wedding Rehearsals: We make a point of sending at least one musician to the Wedding Rehearsal for every wedding we play. There is No Extra Charge and This is a Great Value for you! Your musicians will already be aware of what you expect on wedding day, and by attending your rehearsal, we will learn about all the logisitics of your unique wedding venue; we will perfect all timing issues with the music at your actual wedding site during your practice processionals; and we'll be aware of any last-minute changes you decide to make to your ceremony at your rehearsal. This gives you tremendous Peace of Mind and makes your wedding more organized and beautiful!

Ptarmigan String Quartet is known for its professionalism, OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE, reliability, and DIVERSE MUSICAL OFFERINGS including special arrangements of your favorite music. The beautiful music of strings, and the classy visual effect of Ptarmigan’s performance, add a refined, romantic ambience to your wedding or other event!

WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY: "Ptarmigan String Quartet was extremely talented, professional, organized, personable, helpful, a joy to work with, and made the process smooth and easy. PTARMIGAN WENT THE EXTRA MILE BY ATTENDING OUR WEDDING REHEARSAL and LEARNING A SONG WE REALLY WANTED PLAYED AT OUR WEDDING!" For More Reviews, see our Weddingwire.com Reviews!

EXPERIENCED MUSICIANS: Ptarmigan’s musicians perform as a STRING QUARTET, a STRING TRIO, a CELLO QUARTET or DUO.

Ptarmigan’s musicians have had many years of formal musical training and experience. Ptarmigan has been performing together professionally for over sixteen years! Members of the quartet have been playing their instruments and performing in chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras for many, many years. Ptarmigan’s musicians have performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, Jefferson Symphony, Longmont Symphony, Ft. Collins Symphony, Loveland Chamber Orchestra, Mahlerfest Orchestra, Broomfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Springs Symphony.

WEDDING SPECIALISTS: Ptarmigan String Quartet has performed music for hundreds of weddings at numerous venues throughout the Front Range and the Mountains of Colorado. Ptarmigan also performs as a String Trio (2 violins and cello or violin, viola, and cello) and as a String Duo (violin and cello). A Pianist, Vocalist, and Cello Quartet/Duo is also available.

LOTS OF MUSIC CHOICES: Ptarmigan’s eclectic collection of music is extensive and includes many genres of music from Corelli to Coldplay and everthing in between for any kind of special event you are having -- including CORPORATE events, HOLIDAY events, and other Special Celebrations! See the Music List on their Web Site for examples.

SPECIAL REQUESTS: Special requests are welcome. If your favorite song is not already in their huge collection, they will try their best to find it or make an arrangement just for you! Given enough lead time, Ptarmigan performs special requests, accompanies your soloist, and can add another instrument if music is available.

YOUR BEAUTIFUL WEDDING IS PTARMIGAN’S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY!

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Trio, Orchestra, Soloist / Vocalist, String - Quartet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Piano, Trumpet, Viola, Violin
What is your usual attire?
Often we wear matching dressy blouses for flair and for a professional look. We wear whatever the customer requests (within reason, of course). The most classy attire is dressy concert black. We have a large variety of dressy colored blouses that we wear with black slacks or skirts. We like to dress up and look great!
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Ptarmigan is a Classical and a Rock String Quartet. To hear classical audio samples, please visit our Web Page. To hear audio samples of some of our Classic Rock, please contact us directly and we will email you MP3 files to listen to. You may also make an appointment to attend one of our regular rehearsals to hear some Bach and Rock! Most of our performances are for Private Weddings and Parties; however we do occasionally play for public concerts and fundraisers. For these public affairs, everyone is welcome!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
We arrive one hour before your ceremony or special event begins. We do not charge for our set-up time.
How much space do you usually require?
Indoors, we require a space of about 8' x 8.' Outside, we need to sit under a 10' x 10' canopy that is provided by our clients. This protects the instruments from damage by the sun or any rain sprinkles.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
If the distance is more than about 35 miles from our base, we charge 56 cents per mile round trip for two vehicles.

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Jean
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Very cooperative and responsive. One of the musicians even came to the rehearsal at the park to be sure that everything proceeded smoothly on the day of the wedding. Lovely music!!
Very cooperative and responsive. One of the musicians even came to the rehearsal at the park to be sure that everything Read more...
Very cooperative and responsive. One of the musicians even came to the rehearsal at the park to be sure that everything proceeded smoothly on the day of the wedding. Lovely music!! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was amazing! They enhanced our ceremony and made cocktail hour even better! Vicki is very easy to work with and was very responsive to all my questions and needs! I would highly recommend them!
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was amazing! They enhanced our ceremony and made cocktail hour even better! Vicki is very Read more...
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was amazing! They enhanced our ceremony and made cocktail hour even better! Vicki is very easy to work with and was very responsive to all my questions and needs! I would highly recommend them! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Vicki was an absolute delight to work with! I live in NJ & was planning my daughter's Wedding in CO, so we basically did everything over the phone. The Quartet played during the Ceremony + the Cocktail Hour and absolutely elevated the level of the affair. They were also very accommodating re playing all of my requests. Many of the Guests commented to me on how much they enjoyed the Quartet's music. I couldn't have been more pleased and would certainly recommend them to anyone who would like to add a touch of class to their affair.
Vicki was an absolute delight to work with! I live in NJ & was planning my daughter's Wedding in CO, so we basically did Read more...
Vicki was an absolute delight to work with! I live in NJ & was planning my daughter's Wedding in CO, so we basically did everything over the phone. The Quartet played during the Ceremony + the Cocktail Hour and absolutely elevated the level of the affair. They were also very accommodating re playing all of my requests. Many of the Guests commented to me on how much they enjoyed the Quartet's music. I couldn't have been more pleased and would certainly recommend them to anyone who would like to add a touch of class to their affair. Read less
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M
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellent performance & service. I highly recommend them.
Excellent performance & service. I highly recommend them.
Excellent performance & service. I highly recommend them. Read less
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Vicki
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Ptarmigan String Quartet receives an overall 5.0/5.0 rating starting with my initial contact and wedding planning with the quartet ending with their exceptional performance at my daughter's wedding. We could not have been more pleased with their professionalism, performance, and level of service. We provided a play list, and they were able to accomodate our wishes for this special day. I highly recommend this group to any brides or Mothers-of-the-bride looking for that special something to complete a beautiful wedding.
Vicki Joyce-Edmond, OK
Ptarmigan String Quartet receives an overall 5.0/5.0 rating starting with my initial contact and wedding planning with the Read more...
Ptarmigan String Quartet receives an overall 5.0/5.0 rating starting with my initial contact and wedding planning with the quartet ending with their exceptional performance at my daughter's wedding. We could not have been more pleased with their professionalism, performance, and level of service. We provided a play list, and they were able to accomodate our wishes for this special day. I highly recommend this group to any brides or Mothers-of-the-bride looking for that special something to complete a beautiful wedding.
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Tamara
Wedding:
3/1/2011
5.0/5.0
I am a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and I recently invited the Ptarmigan Quartet to accompany an advance acting class final project, focusing on the French Baroque time period. This is a rather unusual "structured improvisation" by which the students are required to live fully in the time period for more than two hours.
In order to prepare for the salon project, I met with the coordinator of the quartet at least three times in person and we corresponded frequently over email and the phone to make sure the music and timing were just right. I must say that she, and the entire group really MADE this experience the success that it was for both the students and the audience that day. They were so incredibly accommodating, professional, and always pleasant that we could not have asked for a better scenario! I really wished I would have known about this group when I was getting married, I would use them in a heartbeat!
I am a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and I recently invited the Ptarmigan Quartet to accompany an Read more...
I am a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder and I recently invited the Ptarmigan Quartet to accompany an advance acting class final project, focusing on the French Baroque time period. This is a rather unusual "structured improvisation" by which the students are required to live fully in the time period for more than two hours.
In order to prepare for the salon project, I met with the coordinator of the quartet at least three times in person and we corresponded frequently over email and the phone to make sure the music and timing were just right. I must say that she, and the entire group really MADE this experience the success that it was for both the students and the audience that day. They were so incredibly accommodating, professional, and always pleasant that we could not have asked for a better scenario! I really wished I would have known about this group when I was getting married, I would use them in a heartbeat! Read less
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Ptarmigan Classical and Rock String Quartet responded with the following comments:

Dear Tamara, Thank you so much for your kind words about Ptarmigan String Quartet! We appreciated the opportunity to work with you and your students who also did a professional job and presented an inspiring performance. You and the CU Theatre Department are top notch! Thank you.
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Lily
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
This quartet provided lovely music for our son's wedding. Their repertoire is extensive and included everything we wanted. They even accommodated our request to have them play a special piece composed by a great, great grandfather. They are well-organized, professional, friendly, and their musicality is of a high standard. We were very pleased that we found them and would hire them again without hesitation!
This quartet provided lovely music for our son's wedding. Their repertoire is extensive and included everything we wanted. Read more...
This quartet provided lovely music for our son's wedding. Their repertoire is extensive and included everything we wanted. They even accommodated our request to have them play a special piece composed by a great, great grandfather. They are well-organized, professional, friendly, and their musicality is of a high standard. We were very pleased that we found them and would hire them again without hesitation! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Ptarmigan String Quartet made my wedding extra special. Vicky was very professional and easy to work with.
Ptarmigan String Quartet made my wedding extra special. Vicky was very professional and easy to work with.
Ptarmigan String Quartet made my wedding extra special. Vicky was very professional and easy to work with. Read less
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happyBride
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was great! The ceremony was gorgeous, and we had many compliments on the music. They even found music for an obscure song that was special to us, and stuck it out through the windy weather we had the day of the wedding. They were professional, and definitely prepared.
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was great! The ceremony was gorgeous, and we had many compliments on the music. They even Read more...
The Ptarmigan String Quartet was great! The ceremony was gorgeous, and we had many compliments on the music. They even found music for an obscure song that was special to us, and stuck it out through the windy weather we had the day of the wedding. They were professional, and definitely prepared. Read less
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Britney
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Instead of having the quartet play, we had the string trio play and they were absolutely amazing!!!!! Vicki was there throughout the entire process to answer any questions I had and to remind me when upcoming due dates were around the corner. She would always respond in a timely manner. The music was perfect and they did such a great job matching aspects of the ceremony with the music. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants a violinist to play at their wedding. Simply wonderful!
Instead of having the quartet play, we had the string trio play and they were absolutely amazing!!!!! Vicki was there Read more...
Instead of having the quartet play, we had the string trio play and they were absolutely amazing!!!!! Vicki was there throughout the entire process to answer any questions I had and to remind me when upcoming due dates were around the corner. She would always respond in a timely manner. The music was perfect and they did such a great job matching aspects of the ceremony with the music. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who wants a violinist to play at their wedding. Simply wonderful! Read less
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Alysha
Wedding:
7/11/2009
5.0/5.0
The Ptarmigan String Trio were amazing! They did a wonderful job and were very helpful throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend them to everyone!
The Ptarmigan String Trio were amazing! They did a wonderful job and were very helpful throughout the whole process. I Read more...
The Ptarmigan String Trio were amazing! They did a wonderful job and were very helpful throughout the whole process. I would definitely recommend them to everyone! Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Vicki was very prompt in her response which I appreciated. I actually went with this quartet instead of another Strings gorup because she seemed excited to do it and was quick to respond. Vicki was always available to answer questions and the music was amazing the day of the wedding. I don't think I could have asked for anything to be different and I would highly recommend them!
Vicki was very prompt in her response which I appreciated. I actually went with this quartet instead of another Strings Read more...
Vicki was very prompt in her response which I appreciated. I actually went with this quartet instead of another Strings gorup because she seemed excited to do it and was quick to respond. Vicki was always available to answer questions and the music was amazing the day of the wedding. I don't think I could have asked for anything to be different and I would highly recommend them! Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
9/20/2008
5.0/5.0
Could not have asked for a better or more professional experience with Ptarmigan. Would HIGHLY recommend them for anyone's wedding!
Could not have asked for a better or more professional experience with Ptarmigan. Would HIGHLY recommend them for anyone's Read more...
Could not have asked for a better or more professional experience with Ptarmigan. Would HIGHLY recommend them for anyone's wedding! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
We had two cellists play for our ceremony. The music was lovely and it was very easy to work with Vicki.
We had two cellists play for our ceremony. The music was lovely and it was very easy to work with Vicki.
We had two cellists play for our ceremony. The music was lovely and it was very easy to work with Vicki. Read less
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Dan
Wedding:
6/7/2008
5.0/5.0
The Ptarmigan Sting Quartet did an outstanding job at our wedding! They were prompt and professional and their attendance at our rehearsel was very helpful. Highly recommended!!!
The Ptarmigan Sting Quartet did an outstanding job at our wedding! They were prompt and professional and their attendance Read more...
The Ptarmigan Sting Quartet did an outstanding job at our wedding! They were prompt and professional and their attendance at our rehearsel was very helpful. Highly recommended!!! Read less
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Jaime
Wedding:
9/25/2007
5.0/5.0
These talented ladies made our ceremony magical. Our guests could not stop talking about how elegant our wedding event was and the music was a big part of it. I would highly recommend anyone consider adding this touch of class to any wedding day.
These talented ladies made our ceremony magical. Our guests could not stop talking about how elegant our wedding event was Read more...
These talented ladies made our ceremony magical. Our guests could not stop talking about how elegant our wedding event was and the music was a big part of it. I would highly recommend anyone consider adding this touch of class to any wedding day. Read less
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Josi-ree
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.9/5.0
We were beyond impressed with the professionalism and talent your string quartet possesses. Everything was exactly the way we had imagined it for our wedding. It was fun to see the expressions on our guests' faces when they recognized the modern songs being played during our cocktail hour, which really brought something special to the atmosphere. We wish we could get married every weekend to have you play for us again!! :)
We were beyond impressed with the professionalism and talent your string quartet possesses. Everything was exactly the way Read more...
We were beyond impressed with the professionalism and talent your string quartet possesses. Everything was exactly the way we had imagined it for our wedding. It was fun to see the expressions on our guests' faces when they recognized the modern songs being played during our cocktail hour, which really brought something special to the atmosphere. We wish we could get married every weekend to have you play for us again!! :) Read less
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Shelby
Wedding:
8/15/2010
4.9/5.0
My husband and I really lucked out with every vendor for our wedding, but the Ptarmigan String Quartet particularly stood out as a gem in the mix. As musicians ourselves, we searched high and low for the perfect musical accompaniment to our ceremony and cocktail hour--and were delighted when we found this quartet. We had numerous guests come up to us and compliment their beautiful playing. Vicki, my contact, was extremely organized and stayed on top of all the details throughout the planning process, which certainly came in handy on the day of the wedding when I had little time to help with specifics. They were very reasonably priced, which we appreciated, and even catered to a few musical requests I had made. Overall, we were very pleased!
My husband and I really lucked out with every vendor for our wedding, but the Ptarmigan String Quartet particularly stood Read more...
My husband and I really lucked out with every vendor for our wedding, but the Ptarmigan String Quartet particularly stood out as a gem in the mix. As musicians ourselves, we searched high and low for the perfect musical accompaniment to our ceremony and cocktail hour--and were delighted when we found this quartet. We had numerous guests come up to us and compliment their beautiful playing. Vicki, my contact, was extremely organized and stayed on top of all the details throughout the planning process, which certainly came in handy on the day of the wedding when I had little time to help with specifics. They were very reasonably priced, which we appreciated, and even catered to a few musical requests I had made. Overall, we were very pleased! Read less
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Krystal
Wedding:
5/9/2009
4.8/5.0
Ptarmigan Strings did an outstanding job at our ceremony. Vicki was amazing to work with, very responsive and flexible. THANKS!
Ptarmigan Strings did an outstanding job at our ceremony. Vicki was amazing to work with, very responsive and flexible. Read more...
Ptarmigan Strings did an outstanding job at our ceremony. Vicki was amazing to work with, very responsive and flexible. THANKS! Read less
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shref08
Wedding:
8/16/2008
4.6/5.0
Great Group. Everyone was great and very professional. While we had planned for an outdoor wedding, and had to move it indoors the day of the wedding, the trio we booked did a terrific job making sure everything was ready to go. Perfect music for the perfect day!
Great Group. Everyone was great and very professional. While we had planned for an outdoor wedding, and had to move it Read more...
Great Group. Everyone was great and very professional. While we had planned for an outdoor wedding, and had to move it indoors the day of the wedding, the trio we booked did a terrific job making sure everything was ready to go. Perfect music for the perfect day! Read less
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John
Wedding:
3/12/2011
4.5/5.0
The Ptarmigan Quartet was a big hit. We got lots of compliments especially on their performance of contemporary music. The price was comparable to other options, although we only had them for 3 hours between the ceremony and reception. We would definitely recommend them.
The Ptarmigan Quartet was a big hit. We got lots of compliments especially on their performance of contemporary music. The Read more...
The Ptarmigan Quartet was a big hit. We got lots of compliments especially on their performance of contemporary music. The price was comparable to other options, although we only had them for 3 hours between the ceremony and reception. We would definitely recommend them. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
5/30/2010
4.5/5.0
We had the string DUO and they did a fantastic job. I really liked that one of the members came for the rehearsal so we could get a feel for how our wedding day would go. They would respond quickly to my requests and were a pleasure to work with.
We had the string DUO and they did a fantastic job. I really liked that one of the members came for the rehearsal so we Read more...
We had the string DUO and they did a fantastic job. I really liked that one of the members came for the rehearsal so we could get a feel for how our wedding day would go. They would respond quickly to my requests and were a pleasure to work with. Read less
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Ptarmigan Classical and Rock String Quartet responded with the following comments:

Dear Laura,
Thanks so much for your nice comments. We enjoyed performing
your music. We spend extra time and travel expenses to travel to wedding venues two times in order to attend wedding rehearsals. This provides an outstanding value for our clients because this helps assure that everything will go very smoothly on wedding day. Most musicians do not take the time and travel expense to attend wedding rehearsals. We do because we are determined to provide the best service possible. Thanks again!
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JEK
Wedding:
7/25/2010
4.3/5.0
The music was wonderful and Vicki worked with the officiant to make sure everything was perfect.
The music was wonderful and Vicki worked with the officiant to make sure everything was perfect.
The music was wonderful and Vicki worked with the officiant to make sure everything was perfect. Read less
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Ptarmigan Classical and Rock String Quartet responded with the following comments:

Dear Jordan, Thanks so much for your nice comments. We enjoyed working with you and performing your music at Stone Mountain on July 25th, including also attending your wedding rehearsal. We consider our service a great value since we made two trips to your wedding venue in order to attend wedding your wedding rehearsal. Having your musicians represented and available at your rehearsal made timing more perfect (our accompaniment of your poem worked out perfectly), and allowed you to make last minute changes knowing that your musicians would be on track with all last minute changes since they were there. Thanks again for inviting Ptarmigan to perform your wedding music. Best Wishes!
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kitkatflynn
Wedding:
7/17/2010
3.6/5.0
The music they played was lovely and they even learned a new song for us and everyone commented about how great the string quartet was and they really enjoyed the music that was played. However, I wish there was a box above to check for "difficult to work with" because our main problem was working with their group leader and it's the only reason I can't give a 5 out of 5. That is why I gave a 2 for professionalism, because that is the only place it makes sense to put it. Their leader was challenging to work with. She was demanding and pushy and in the end I didn't want to deal with her, I let my brother and husband deal with her. I can only assume that one reason she was so pushy with us is that she's dealt with bridezillas before and has been burned, so I understand wanting to cover yourself. She certainly was very thorough which I prefer over someone who doesn't have their act together. But her thoroughness bordered on badgering and was an extreme annoyance. The final straw for me of her demands was during the reception, the quartet was going to eat from our buffet, but instead of sitting down in back with the caterers, they demanded a table and chairs. By "they" I mean their group leader. Apparently it was very awkward, my brother handled it. By that time some of our guests had already left so there was room for the quartet to eat at a table, but everyone I've talked to from the event and catering world say that is not done. The people working at your wedding don't sit with the guests. Even the caterer for us thought it was out of line. Thankfully I was not aware of this during the reception (although I noticed them sitting at a table and thought that was odd), I found out the details the next day. So, overall they were great in terms of the music and thoroughness, but dealing with them was difficult and I don't know that'd I'd work with her again.
The music they played was lovely and they even learned a new song for us and everyone commented about how great the string Read more...
The music they played was lovely and they even learned a new song for us and everyone commented about how great the string quartet was and they really enjoyed the music that was played. However, I wish there was a box above to check for "difficult to work with" because our main problem was working with their group leader and it's the only reason I can't give a 5 out of 5. That is why I gave a 2 for professionalism, because that is the only place it makes sense to put it. Their leader was challenging to work with. She was demanding and pushy and in the end I didn't want to deal with her, I let my brother and husband deal with her. I can only assume that one reason she was so pushy with us is that she's dealt with bridezillas before and has been burned, so I understand wanting to cover yourself. She certainly was very thorough which I prefer over someone who doesn't have their act together. But her thoroughness bordered on badgering and was an extreme annoyance. The final straw for me of her demands was during the reception, the quartet was going to eat from our buffet, but instead of sitting down in back with the caterers, they demanded a table and chairs. By "they" I mean their group leader. Apparently it was very awkward, my brother handled it. By that time some of our guests had already left so there was room for the quartet to eat at a table, but everyone I've talked to from the event and catering world say that is not done. The people working at your wedding don't sit with the guests. Even the caterer for us thought it was out of line. Thankfully I was not aware of this during the reception (although I noticed them sitting at a table and thought that was odd), I found out the details the next day. So, overall they were great in terms of the music and thoroughness, but dealing with them was difficult and I don't know that'd I'd work with her again. Read less
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Ptarmigan Classical and Rock String Quartet responded with the following comments:

Dear Catherine and Mark,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our musical performance at your lovely Denver Botanic Gardens Wedding Ceremony and Reception on July 17, 2010. We appreciate your kind comments on the quality of our music! Providing you with beautiful music, including a special musical arrangement of one of your favorite songs, was our goal and we're very pleased that you enjoyed our performance.

We are sorry that our detail-oriented service felt uncomfortable to you. In order to organize all the details required to perform for this length of time, a few rounds of emails and phone calls are needed to make sure that we understand all the logistics, and know ahead of time exactly what you expect from us on wedding day, especially when a formal wedding rehearsal is not held. With respect to the dinner that you graciously provided us at 8 PM, we felt that sitting down at an empty table would allow us to eat faster and be more comfortable. Over the past 15 years in business, clients who have invited us to eat or stay for their dinner-receptions after cocktail hour, have asked us to sit down at a table -- either among their guests, or at our own designated table. So, in our experience, we have always been treated with the same regard as guests and this has been greatly appreciated. Performing music for 4 hours requires tremendous energy and skill. It was terribly hot that day (over a 100 degreesl), and after 3 hours of playing, we truly needed a comfortable, short break. We thought that sitting down close to where we were set up would expedite the break so that we could get back to playing music. It is very difficult to eat standing up, or being expected to leave the area and eat somewhere away from our instruments and belongings. So, after getting permission, two of the five of us musicians sat down at an empty table near our instruments so we could eat quickly, and so we could keep an eye on instruments, purses, etc.

All in all, we enjoyed meeting and working with you both and we are grateful that you enjoyed our music.

Best Wishes for a long happy marriage and life together!

Lynne, Kathy, Marilyn, Vicki, and Steve

Ptarmigan String Quartet

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