The Continental String Ensemble

Classical Trio from Arlington Heights, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$300 - $4000 per event
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The Continental String Ensemble led by former Cirque du Soleil violinist Edgar Gabriel, has a vast repertoire and performs everything from standard classical chamber works to jazz, rock, fiddle, gypsy, folk music from many different countries and current pop hits. The core group consists of a trio of 2 violins (viola) and guitar, however the group can be reduced to a duo or expanded to a string quartet or larger ensemble. Accordion, piano, string bass, percussion and saxophone (flute/clarinet) and harp can all be added to the group to suit the needs and budget of the event. The Continental String Ensemble is not only a group for weddings and special events, they perform concerts in venues as varied as symphony centers to jazz and rock clubs and outdoor festivals. They are also a recording ensemble currently working on an album of late 19th century parlor music including, Austrian Schrammelmusik, Argentinian Tangos, French songs and American Ragtime. If you are looking for a group for your event that plays anything from the greatest classical music to current hits of today, you will find no group better than the Continental String Ensemble. Before booking the group it is always best to talk to Edgar Gabriel, he can help you decide if you need amplification (the CSE is fully capable of amplification) and what combination of instruments will work best for your event.
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We've worked with a lot of acts for smaller events, but no group has ever been as accommodating as Edgar Gabriel and his array of talented musicians. We have actually hired them for 2 events now, and at each one, they were early, dressed impeccably, self-sufficient, and professional. Edgar is so knowledgeable and experienced in playing for events - he just knows the exact right questions to ask & directions to take. Not to mention, this man knows his music -- he leads a clean, tight, expert band and has a perfect ear for volume. He will make the music portion of your event a BREEZE, and will sound excellent doing it. I cannot thank Edgar & his musicians enough.

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WOW, if you want to hire a band that has talented musicians who make a party swing, Edgar Gabriel's Stringfusion is the one to hire. They can play all types of music to meet your needs. We hired them to play at our son's wedding reception and they played great cocktail music, dinner music (with Edgar strolling on violin among the dinner tables and also great dance music to top it off. You won't be disappointed and I recommend them highly!

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Edgar was very accommodating in accomplishing the theme we were looking for. The three musicians were extremely talented, professional and friendly. Our guests provided much positive feedback. The reason for not awarding a perfect five is that there seemed to be more breaks then expected. Overall Edgar was wonderful and we highly recommend him.

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The Continental String Ensemble ’s Response:

Anne, I received only very positive comments at the event, so I was very surprised to read the quote about breaks. We were in such close proximity to the guests that I thought it nice to have a rest from music for a few extra minutes. My apology if this was not the right decision. Also, there was some confusion about my check, so I worked with your assistant during a break to get her information to pay me that night as per our contract. I was busy working during your event and did not notice any substantial downtime. We strive for the best possible experience; I will take your comments into account and be sure to communicate more regarding breaks during an event.

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2015
Oct
15
Corporate Function
Crystal Lake, IL
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2013
Oct
5
Wedding Reception
Milwaukee, WI
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
2013
Sep
26
Corporate Function
Batavia, IL
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2013
Aug
29
Private Party
Chicago, IL
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2013
Apr
17
Harper College
Palatine, IL
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2013
Apr
17
Performing Arts Center
Palatine, IL
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Kashmir
Led Zepplin
Fade to Black
Metallica
Purple Haze
Jimi Hendrix
CSE Plays Most Jazz Standards
And Most Classical Works
String Quartet
Classical Duo
Jazz Duo
Rock Duo
Classical Trio
Jazz Trio
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
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Funerals
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Halloween Parties
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note The Continental String Ensemble will also travel to Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Carol Stream, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, Itasca, Lincolnshire, Bensenville, Chicago, Deerfield, Glenview, Glenview Nas, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Northbrook, Roselle, Wood Dale, Medinah, Niles, Park Ridge, Techny, Bloomingdale, Addison.
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