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The Adirondack Cellist

Lake Placid , NY
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LOCATION

Ticonderoga, NY US 12883 (map)

PHONE

518-547-0008

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ABOUT US

Have cello, will travel.
My name is Brian Donat, and I play the cello. I've been playing weddings and giving concerts throughout New York's greater Adirondack region (including... Read more
Have cello, will travel.
My name is Brian Donat, and I play the cello. I've been playing weddings and giving concerts throughout New York's greater Adirondack region (including Lake Placid!) since 2008. In that time, I've learned that the only thing more diverse than the park itself is the people who use it. I've played weddings in churches, clubs and resorts, as well as on islands, lake side beaches and farms, and I've even given a few house (and one cabin!) concerts! I'm more than happy to make your event as special and unique as the location on which it's held, so send me an e-mail and let's get started! Read less
Ceremony Music

INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Duo, Instrumental - Solo, Instrumental - Trio, String - Quartet, String - Trio
What instruments does your group play?
Cello, Flute, Violin
What is your usual attire?
I can wear whatever will fit best with your type of ceremony, from a full tuxedo to a suit to casual Friday.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
I have many recordings available on my website. Live recordings will be available soon!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
I typically arrive about an hour prior to the start of your event. This will give me plenty of time to set up in the best spot and warm up before your guests start to arrive.
How much space do you usually require?
If I'm playing solo, I don't need much space - maybe 5'x5', for a chair, a music stand and bow clearance on either side. Duos, trios and larger will obviously require more space,
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
Travel up to an hour and a half each way is included! Beyond that, I charge actual cost, calculated by current gas prices x distance @ 35mpg, plus any tolls (if applicable).

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From start to finish, Brian was easy to work with and extremely flexible. He had great recommendations but was sure to make your day exactly how you wanted it. We received many compliments about his music. I would recommend him any time.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Maureen
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
The Adirondack Cellist (+ 2 violins!) were absolutely amazing performers! Truly professional artists! I HIGHLY recommend them for any event. THANK YOU BRIAN & crew!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rhonda
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Brian and keyboardist wad amazing and will definitely use them again and highly recommend them.
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Victoria
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Brian was a wonderful addition to our event. I could not recommend him more highly!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Jenna
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Brian was simply amazing! I cannot express how happy I am we chose him for our wedding ceremony and reception dinner music. My only regret is that in all the chaos, we never actually got to meet in person!! Regardless, he is simply superb. He is an excellent musician with beautiful stylings. He even went as far as to compose a modern piece of music for the solo cello (and trio) just for our wedding. He was always a pleasure to communicate with through our countless email exchanges. He's very professional, intelligent, creative and fun! I would recommend him to anyone planning a special event as he will certainly not disappoint. It was a little scary to blindly pick a musician (I live 1000 miles from my wedding location), but Brian turned out to be one of the best selections - and most memorable- that I made. Thank you, Brian, for you service, your talent, and your friendship through this process. I will never forget it.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kathryn
Wedding:
1/25/2014
5.0/5.0
With very short notice, Brian Donat agreed to play his cello at my daughter's wedding and also found a fellow musician to play her violin. The music was exactly what my daughter and I were hoping for! It was beautiful! Not only is Brian a very talented musician, but he was accommodating in every way. He even drove to my work place to go over the wedding music. We couldn't be happier with the outcome! Perfection in every way!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Meaghan
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Brian was an absolute pleasure to work with! He plays the cello beautifully and made our wedding day even more special by doing a custom arrangement of a specific song for part of our processional. I highly recommend him!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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beth
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Brian was perfect! He played cello for an hour before and during my ceremony. His music was absolutely beautiful. At first I was worried about only having one instrument (as opposed to a duo, trio or quartet), but trust me that Brian is all that you need! He was also extremely professional and I was able to communicate with him primarily over email (which was important to me) during the planning process!

I would highly recommend him!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
When the weather didn't cooperate and the service had to be pushed back, Brian was very flexible and cooperative. He played at the beach throughout the mist.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
He is professional and responsive! He was very helpful in planning of my ceremony music!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Very easy to work with. Had lots of ideas for music if we didn't want specific. Was willing to send us samples of music since we were 3 hours away. All of my guest loved the mood that was set for our ceremony by these amazing musicians!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Shari
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Brian was very easy to work with. He found the violinist for us and recommended music to be played for the recessional and processional. He was also very flexible as we had a soloist and changed the musical selection for him several times.
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Private User
Wedding:
8/2/2013
4.8/5.0
Would have been better with a microphone, most guests commented and said they couldn't hear the music, but those that did hear it thought it was beautiful!
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tami
Wedding:
5/24/2014
4.5/5.0
I hired Brian Donat and two violins to play for my ceremony and my cocktail hour. It's a little hard to review the ceremony musicians, because when everything goes right, you barely notice them in the rush of things! Brian and his fellow musicians had a long list of traditional and contemporary classical music to choose from. I ended up simply asking them to play traditional, spring-time classical music for the prelude; picking a couple specific songs for the ceremony procession; and then asking them to play arrangements of contemporary numbers during the cocktail hour to be a more lighthearted. So, even though I was busy elsewhere taking photos, I did hear the string trio playing Lady Gaga's "Pokerface" and Aladdin's "A Whole New World" for my guests during cocktail hour (both of those were my choices, don't blame Brian if you don't like my sense of humor!). The musicians were all punctual, appropriately dressed, and they added just that little extra touch of class to my semi-outdoor reception. I was very happy with this choice.
Services Used: Ceremony Music

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