When you’re in the music industry, you learn a lot about what can go well in a wedding. I have played around 500 weddings in the past 5 years, and my colleagues have played hundreds, if not thousands more. Together, Landolfi has truly seen it all!
If you’re an engaged couple, or perhaps a loved one helping to coordinate the wedding, here are 3 tips to help you get through the process like a champion.
Just relax. At the end of the day you will be married, no matter what may go awry during the wedding. Landolfi once played an outdoor ceremony in mid-40-degree weather. Our hands were too cold to move. Our instruments sounded squeaky and thin. The bridesmaids stood shivering in their thin outfits (no one had prepared for an indoor plan B). Despite all of this… they were married in the end!
2. Go with the flow. Enjoy the little unplanned surprises, like a young ring-bearer sprinting down the aisle… away from the altar instead of towards it!
Over the past year or so, many of our performing players in Landolfi Ensembles have acquired, and are using, 12.9” iPads in place of the customary sheet music for our engagements. The use of this technology has greatly improved our ability to have instant access to literally hundreds of songs – it’s great for taking requests, organizing customized playlists for ceremonies and events, and helping us streamline the transitions between songs – with the click of a (foot)switch! The problem with having such an extensive library like Landolfi has is that transporting the sheet music for all four members of a quartet, for example, can be a rather daunting (and heavy!) task! Now, each performer can bring their own personal “Landolfi Library”, and have the playlist for the event cued up already!
As players, we like using them for MUCH more practical reasons too, things like: 1) eliminates the need for stand lights in dark settings 2) the music won’t blow off the music stand (in outdoor situations….yes, it happens!) 3) we can edit/share music instantly amongst ourselves with the ease of AirDrop – especially helpful when adding new songs to our library 4) can organize music with more descriptions by adding various tags such as genre, composer, decade – very helpful when searching for requests. There is a great app called ForScore that we all use, which has many features we use. These include sharing, sorting, editing, and scanning. Many of our players are private instructors and do freelance playing as well. Being able to use our iPads to organize and store our personal libraries for teaching, orchestral playing, and other work is a huge convenience for us all.
Music selection for events, especially wedding ceremonies, is an important and personal choice. While some opt for the more traditional musical choices, many often have very specific wishes, and music is a integral part of their ceremony. Quite often this may include a specially requested arrangement of a song that is not on our extensive playlist. Landolfi offers this service for a fee, and will produce an arrangement for any special request(s). We are also happy to work with other instrumentalists or singers at your request. For the ceremonies that are a bit more complicated, it’s wonderful to have the ease and assurance that our next song is simply a click away, thanks to our iPads!!
This is Tom Winter, violinist member of the Landolfi Quartet. This is my first blog post for Landolfi Quartet.
I was quite recently married at Trinity Lutheran Soulard, to my beautiful wife Sarah. Landolfi colleagues Mary, Gary Debbie and Carl played for the ceremony and reception at 9th Street Abbey. It was fantastic! Since joining Landolfi in 2014, it has changed my life for the better!
Here two some things that I am extremely proud of Landolfi for the year of 2018: 1. The switch from paper music to iPads. We have all pitched in on this effort. It took hours upon hours of scanning, sorting and categorizing, but it was well worth it. Changing songs and creating playlists has never been easier or faster! 2. Adding new arrangements to the Landolfi Library. I arranged 38 new quartet arrangements in 2018, and we acquired several more aside from that.
We plan to keep doing what we are doing! Thanks for reading, and see you at your next wedding! Tom from the Landolfi Quartet
During the month of July every year something very special happens: professional musicians assemble to perform symphonic music that is free to the public courtesy of the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis. This is a service to the St. Louis community. Among the musicians are the members of Landolfi Quartet. You can hear us as part of something bigger than a string quartet.
Come hear the concerts July 9, 16, 23, 30 7:30 every Sunday evening in July on the Washington University Brookings Quadrangle and on July 20 at 7:30 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. A pre-concert lecture “Notes to Munch On” is presented at 7:10. During intermission, enjoy Ted Drewes frozen custard and fun tattoos for the children.
In addition to the orchestral concerts, Gateway Festival Orchestra members present several outreach programs of chamber music to children. For many of these children, this is the first encounter with live string music.
Come hear all the concerts under the baton of Dr. James Richards. Three of the concerts feature guest soloists. All orchestra members are members of local 2-197 of the American Federation of Musicians.
Don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating. Due to construction on the Washington University campus, please allow plenty of time for parking.
Landolfi Quartet is in high demand performing for many private events, but how often do you have a chance to hear us performing in public for free? Here is your chance. Come to the Central West End on the above dates to hear live string quartet music. Hearing live music has been shown to reduce stress in the listeners, resulting in a positive impact on one’s well-being. Imagine strolling along the sidewalks taking in the stores, the galleries, the food, and the atmosphere of the area. Gain a boost in mood. Encounter friends you didn’t expect to see.
What music do you like to hear? What should we play? You can make requests. Mozart? Cole Porter? Beatles? Coldplay? If we have it with us we’ll play it for you. We have a large playlist and your favorite song may be on it. How about “Lucky”, “Smoke on the Water”, or “Sweet Child of Mine”? Or maybe it’s a tune that is from a movie about hobbits or Jedi? Experience a release of endorphins. Hang around with us or stop by on your way to an interesting shop and then stop by again on your way back. Here’s your chance. Enjoy!
Are you looking for another chance to hear us in person? Then come to hear Landolfi Quartet outside Coffee Cartel, 2 Maryland Plaza in the Central West end of Saint Louis as part of the Central West End event on Friday, September 16, 5:30-8:30. Don’t miss us!
In the world of music, many musicians frequently rely on word of mouth for some of their work. We at Landolfi are grateful to our many clients who have passed along our name and our web site link to others seeking music at their weddings and other special events. Please keep recommending us!
When our clients post reviews of our performances, this is also helpful. Prospective clients see feedback about us and this aids them in making decisions about their music. These reviews also improve our ranking on wedding web sites. Thank you for posting your comments. Although we love favorable reviews, even unfavorable comments can be helpful for prospective clients. Since we strive to make clients happy, all observations are helpful. No group is perfect and we appreciate feedback so we can continue to improve.
Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667 (Trout Quintet)
for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano
When: Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 3pm
Where: St. Charles Community College, Fine Arts Building, auditorium
Who: members of Landolfi Quartet: Mary Sweetin, violin; Deberah Haferkamp, viola; and Gary Lee, cello; with Daniel Winfield, bass part (on cello) and Steven Keniston, piano.
Additional performance: Wednesday, February 18, noon, at Ringhausen Music Building, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL
Composed during the summer of 1819, the work reflects the carefree summer months when Schubert (age 22) was vacationing with a friend in a small town in Austria where he enjoyed music making in a scenic location. A wealthy mine owner who played the cello welcomed the visiting musicians and suggested Schubert should write a quintet and utilize a popular song the composer had written a couple years earlier, called “The Trout”. The song tells of a poet standing on the banks of a stream watching a trout in the clear water. The fourth movement is a theme and variations based on the song. Listen for sounds of flowing water and the leaping movement of the fish. During rehearsals the musicians noted this mood of water and nature carries through the entire work. Come hear us perform a favorite chamber music work.
Holiday parties, concerts, weddings, and other special events are in full swing the month of December. There’s still time to include Landolfi in your plans. Do you have a party for which a string quartet would add pizzazz and elegance? We’re more affordable than you may think. New Year’s Eve is coming and that is a great time for parties and even weddings. What a memorable day. Or, maybe you are fatigued by the flurry of December and prefer to brighten up the dreary winter days of January with a gathering that would be more special with a string ensemble? See you soon.
People occasionally ask us what we do when we’re not playing in Landolfi String Quartet and Ensemble. Each of us has answers that include roles as performers and educators. During the month of July we are members of an orchestra that performs when other orchestras are on break: the Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis.
Each summer the orchestra assembles professional musicians to bring quality symphonic and chamber music to the St. Louis community through free public concerts. The concerts are presented at 7:30 every Sunday evening in July on the Washington University Brookings Quadrangle. In addition, several outreach programs of chamber music are presented to children in disadvantaged areas. For many of these children, this is a first encounter with live string music. All orchestra members are members of local 2-197 of the American Federation of Musicians.
This season, two concerts have already been presented under the baton of Dr. James Richards. The first concert was presented to a very large audience on July 6, accompanied by beautiful weather. “Aire of Romance” was the program’s theme. Our second concert, “Water Music,” was assisted by Mother Nature who added her own water effects with rain early and late.
Come hear the two concerts remaining. This Sunday July 20 is “Music of the Night,” featuring Claire de Lune, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Queen of the Night arias performed by soprano Stella Markou. The final concert is “Bright Lights of Broadway” on July 27, with vocalists Keith Boyer and Jane Jennings joining us for a vast array of familiar show tunes. Don’t forget your lawn chairs or blankets for lawn seating.
Campbell Montessori School had their annual school meeting/dinner/live auction and needed a musical ensemble to play during our three hour event. I hired LANDOLFI after receiving a number of recommendations from various sources. The string quartet hired was outstanding! They were able to play a number of song requests - very impressive I must say! One guest asked the group if they could play JAVA by AL HIRT but they could not because I didn't request a trumpeter - my bad. The music was beautiful and anyone seeking a musical group would do well in checking out how the LANDOLFI group could augment your event.
Thank you for providing the perfect musical selections for our function!
Stegton Conference Center, Saint Charles Website
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you and your musicians on a wonderful job with Caitlin's wedding ceremony yesterday. The music was beautiful and I had so many compliments from the wedding party and guests.
I just wanted to send a quick email and tell you all thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for the amazing job you did at our wedding. I remember hearing the beginning of the bridal march which was amazingly beautiful, however once I caught my husband's eye, everything else around me became a blur. However, everyone has told me how beautiful it sounded and what an amazing job you all did! I am looking forward to when we receive our wedding video so I can hear it all then! Again, thank you so very much for being a part of our special day!
Thank you for dealing with a very anxious groom! The [Christian and Hindu] weddings were quite a wonderful memory, and they were accentuated by your quartet's exquisite performance.
We are grateful, and after watching the recording, I was immediately calmed by your music.
I hope to collaborate with you in the future!
My wife and I would like to thank you for helping to make our wedding day a wonderful and perfect day. I received many compliments on the quartet. It was exactly what we wanted. My dad also enjoyed singing with you. Have a Happy New Year and thanks.
Richard and Bonnie Ward
I just want to take a minute and thank you so very much for your beautiful music for our wedding Saturday night. I had so many compliments regarding the string quartet. We could not have asked for anything better. You all are awesome. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless.
I just wanted to drop a note to let you know how wonderful the music was! I cannot imagine the ceremony without it! LOVELY!
Julie K. Barr, Oldham County Clerk
The Landolfi Quartet was Wonderful at my son's rehearsal dinner. Thank you all so much for agreeing to play AND especially THANK YOU to those 4 members who so graciously stayed late so our guests could enjoy the fabulous night. Thank you very much!!
The group that performed last Friday night was awesome! A crowd favorite for sure.
Frances Thompson, Central West End Business Association
I just wanted to thank you for doing such a wonderful job at our wedding on May 4. The trio and trumpet player sounded absolutely beautiful! I received so many compliments that day on how great you all sounded. Thank you also for recommending Debbie Lennon, her voice was stunning and meshed with you guys perfectly!
My out of town guests from the wedding just left today and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. I didn't want to wait to tell you how much we truly enjoyed the duo at the wedding ceremony. It was perfect! I mean perfect! Thank you so much for being there and being a part of our very special day. I hope to see or hear you again. All my guests loved your music.
This is Crystal Pisciotta. Your trio performed at my wedding on August 8. I never had a chance to thank you for your services. I thought the ceremony music was beautiful. I did not hear the pre or post ceremony music, but my guests commented that it fit the mood and they liked it. I appreciate you all braving the heat inside and out.
Crystal and Andy Furmanek
Just a note to tell you what a wonderful job the quartet did in making our daughter's wedding such a memorable occasion. We continue to receive so many compliments on the music played at church. The music was so special and you were very special to do business with. Thanks for helping make the "Perfect Wedding."
You did a wonderful job at my wedding and many of the guests commented on how lovely the music was and how good the musicians were. I was so overwhelmed by the big day that I didn't even get to come over and introduce myself; the ceremony just went by so quickly. But please do use me as a reference. I would love to see you at another ceremony when I am a guest and not the bride and can come over and meet you in person.
Just wanted to thank you and the others for your performance at our wedding. The music was perfect and helped us achieve the setting we were looking for in the evening.
We appreciate you agreeing to play an extra 15 minutes as we ran behind.
Rest assured we will be recommending your services to anyone that asks. Thanks again for helping us make it a great evening.
Michael & Courtney Spaulding
Your group added a beautiful touch to our awards program. They showed up, set up, and I never had to stress about the timing. They are a great group of musicians and I had several comments from my attendees on the music selections and the talent level.
I would truly recommend Landolfi for other events.