From Classical to Rock!

Meet our Latest Rock Stars!

Elegance String Quartet performing the Main Theme from Game of Thrones during the cocktail hour at a New Jersey wedding reception.

…they had just performed during the ceremony, as well.

​From the classics to modern rock, Elegance String Quartet embraces both musical tradition and innovation. Weddings, corporate functions, private events – They do it all! Bringing fresh and creative musical arrangements to their audiences, and there’s always a modern edge in their performance. Check ’em out right here, and see why they’re the right choice in the Northeast!

The sounds of the instruments are often the first thing your guests will hear when they enter the hall, and you want that to be a great first impression. Having played hundreds of ceremonies, the musicians of Elegance Strings know that every wedding is as unique as the couple that is getting married. Their purpose is to complement and enhance the atmosphere, and their goal is to tell your story musically.

Is there a song you would like arranged for string quartet? Elegance Strings has over 750 songs listed on their Music Catalog. If you do not see your favorite songs listed, please make a suggestion for what we this musical group should arrange next!

One of the coolest things about shooting this video was that there were a number of guests doing the same.  The second that I heard the theme music from Game of Thrones I ran over to the group to take a little video for Instagram.  I stood under the P.A. so that there would  be less outside noise.  I was only using my cell phone.  When I turned around to see the crowd’s reaction, there were about 20 people shooting with their phones!   Seriously, you never see that a a wedding.  People will shoot video and photos of family and friends, but rarely will they video the musicians.

Simply put, this is the caliber of musicianship that we have at Entertainment Consultants/Music New Jersey.

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Oscar’s Big Oopsie!

In what could only be described as one of the most bizarre moments in Academy Awards history; Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway came out to announce the Best Picture.  The audience loved seeing Bonnie & Clyde emerge to make the long awaited announcement.  When they opened the envelope, you wondered: “what’s going on?”  They got it wrong!  Soooo wrong.  They announced that La La Land had won Best Picture rather than Moonlight.  

We could not believe what was going on.  While the La La Land crew was giving their thank you speeches there was a great deal of commotion in the background, making the viewers wonder why.

Up until this moment the show had been entertaining with only one major  oops.  Auli’i Cravalho the 16 year old actress from Moana  took the stage to perform “How Far I’ll Go, ” which was nominated for Best Song.  It was almost perfect, until Cravalho got smacked in thw head by a flag being waved by a back up dancer.

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This was not Oscar’s best moment. The correct winner of the Best Picture Academy Award was Moonlight!  The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers has taken the blame for the debacle.  Evidently,  they handed the wrong envelope to Mr. Beatty.

 

Bring the Caribbean to your next party!

“Jamaica Farewell” #SteelDrummer #NJ #NY #CT #PA #Calypso #Music #Reggae

Invite the Caribbean to your Summer Wedding!

Reggae Steel performing “Jamaica Farewell”
This is one of our most popular small groups.  We book them for cocktail parties, picnics, birthdays and even some wedding receptions.  They are particularly popular during the months of Summer with our beach brides.  Couples planning weddings at the shore love the laid back, easy sound that Reggae Steel has.  This duo also has a surprisingly large repertoire of songs.
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Sad News

Alan Rickman dies of cancer at age 69.

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We first met him as the villainous, Hans Gruber in the late 80s. 

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He was the guy we loved to hate in  Die Hard Then he became a true star of stage and screen in a myriad of memorable roles.  However, the role we will always remember for is Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series.

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This has been a tough week.  We have lost two great talents.   First David Bowie and now Alan Rickman.   Both will live on forever through their work.

Sad News Today

David Bowie 1947 ~ 2016

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In what can only be described as extremely sad news this morning.  We have learned that entertainer, David Bowie has died.  Some news sources are reporting that he died of liver cancer, however that is unconfirmed.   What has been confirmed by his family is that Bowie had battled cancer for 18 months.

 

Brides Need to Know!

 

A trio of classical musicians performing Jeremiah Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary
and Pachelbel’s Canon.  Both classical pieces of music are performed on the Cello, Flute and Harp. This slide show is an example of  music that would be appropriate for a wedding ceremony or the cocktail hour of a wedding reception.

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The Order of the Music at a Wedding Ceremony:

Processional refers to the music that is being played as the bridal party enters the church, once all the guests are seated. One piece of music for the bridal party, then another for the bride.

The prelude refers to the music performed prior to the recessional, as the guests are being seated.

The recessional refers to the music at the conclusion of the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom exit first, followed by the bridal party, the parents, and the congregation. Modern couples are changing the rules to suit their needs, the family dynamics and their religion.

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About the Trumpet Voluntary:

“The Prince of Denmark’s March” is more commonly known as the Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.
It is customarily played as the bride enters the church with her father, the processional. “The Prince of Denmark’s March” was composed by Jeremiah Clarke. It is called The Prince of Denmark’s March; but better known as The Trumpet Voluntary. It was composed for the keyboard, probably,around 1700. This music can be heard at a number of royal weddings, most notably at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

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Biography:

Jeremiah Clarke (c. 1674 — 1 December 1707) was an English baroque composer and organist.

Thought to have been born in London around 1674, Clarke was a pupil of John Blow at St Paul’s Cathedral. He later became an organist at the Chapel Royal. After his death, he was succeeded in that post by William Croft.

Clarke is best remembered for a popular keyboard piece: the Prince of Denmark’s March, which is commonly called the Trumpet Voluntary, written about 1700. From c. 1878 until the 1940s the work was attributed to Henry Purcell, and was published as Trumpet Voluntary by Henry Purcell in William Sparkes’s Short Pieces for the Organ, Book VII, No. 1 (London, Ashdown and Parry). This version came to the attention of Sir Henry J. Wood, who made two orchestral transcriptions of it, both of which were recorded. The recordings further cemented the erroneous notion that the original piece was by Purcell. Clarke’s piece is a popular choice for wedding music, and has been used in royal weddings. Most notably the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

The famous Trumpet Tune in D (also incorrectly attributed to Purcell) was taken from the semi-opera The Island Princess, which was a joint musical production of Clarke and Daniel Purcell (Henry Purcell’s younger brother)—probably leading to the confusion.

Pachelbel’s Canon

Pachelbel’s Canon is the name commonly given to a canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo (German: Kanon und Gigue für 3 Violinen mit Generalbaß) sometimes referred to as Canon and Gigue in D or simply Canon in D. It is his most famous composition. It was originally scored for three violins and basso continuo and paired with a gigue. Both movements are in the key of D major.

Like most other works by Pachelbel and other pre-1700 composers, the Canon remained forgotten for centuries and was rediscovered only in the 20th century. Several decades after it was first published in 1919 the piece became extremely popular. The piece’s chordal progression has been appropriated in numerous commercial pop hits, particularly during the 1990s, such as in Pet Shop Boys cover of “Go West”, Coolio’s “C U When U Get There” and Green Day’s “Basket Case”.

This piece was composed by Johann Pachelbel(1653-1706)

 


 

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Uptown Rhythm Rocks the House!

The Chilton Medical Center was the reason for this benefit concert. Uptown Rhythm was a major success, the crowd loved them. You can hear the clapping in the background and sometimes people just got up off their seats and started to dance!

Uptown Rhythm is a great choice for concerts and corporate events like this one here. They, also, do private events such as weddings, anniversary parties, birthday parties, etc. Whatever you choose to celebrate, this is one of our most versatile bands. They do today’s top hits to perfection as well as Motown and Rock tunes.

In this video they perform a series of songs that are being played on the air, now.(June 2015)

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Heating up the Reggae Steel Way

Reggae Steel brings the sound of the Caribbean to you.  The party isn’t
a party unless you have live entertainment.  We love the laid back sound
of the steel drum for any occasion.

Those of you fortunate enough to live in the New York Metropolitan area
will want to reserve this group for your next memorable event.  Whether
it’s a picnic at a farm in Connecticut, a beach party at the Jersey
Shore, or a Manhattan cocktail party…this trio of musicians will amp
up your cool factor.

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