We may be newer to Gigmasters, but we are not new to the wedding and other event performing business!
"Thank you so much for playing. You all were spectacular! We heard so many wonderful comments about Aurora, and how unique and beautiful everyone thought the music was. You most definitely exceeded our expectations. There is a joyous vitality to Aurora that was exactly right for the day." – Mother of the Bride (Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church)
THE AURORA ENSEMBLE presents sophisticated and elegant music for weddings and cocktail receptions. We've performed for weddings as small as 10 persons in an intimate chapel to a grand lawn at a local hotel. We aspire to provide the highest level of musical services for your special day or event.
The ensemble's flute and strings configuration can be varied upon request, from flute trio or quartet to string trio or quartet (no flute). We can also bring in a vocalist or trumpet – or both!
As for repertoire, our strength is classical, whether to be traditional and reverant, or light and celebratory. We can also cover pop and jazz genres, from Enya to Disney melodies; to The Prayer and Con Te Partiro from the music books of Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban; to Cole Porter and Gershwin; to movie themes such as "A Time for Us" and "Somewhere in Time'; to selections from Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on the Roof and Pride & Prejudice. It is our pleasure to satisfy our clients, in developing a personal music plan and to give to them the magic that only live music can impart on an event, particularly with weddings.
Here is a sampling of remarks from recent clients:
"Thank you for all your hard work. We had so much fun planning our ceremony music and enjoyed working with you. There were so many compliments on the ceremony and cocktail music selections." Bride & Groom (Santa Barbara Zoo)
"I also want to thank you for all your help. The quartet was fabulous! The musicians played beautifully. We were so impressed. It was a pleasure working with you!" – Bride & Groom (Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Santa Barbara)
"I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful music you provided for the ceremony. You all played beautifully and it really set a wonderful ambiance for the ceremony. We will keep you in mind for the future and, of course, recommend you to anyone who will listen! – Bride & Groom (Santa Barbara Courthouse)
"We just got back from our honeymoon, and I got your card. Thank you so much for being a part of our wedding, and for your kind words. Everything was wonderful and it was such a pleasure working with you and The Aurora Ensemble." - Bride & Groom (Four Seasons Biltmore, Montecito, CA)
"I appreciate your organization and professionalism. You've been one of the easiest vendors to work with! Thanks for your professionalism and knowledge and valuable suggestions! I really enjoyed working with you and will definitely recommend you to my friends!" – Bride & Groom (Santa Barbara Zoo)
"Thank you for providing such beautiful music …. The music provided the perfect accompaniment of (the bride's) vision for her ceremony. Your arrangement of "Rodeo" was a perfect segue to the after-party and reception. Again, thank you very much." – Parents of the Bride (Santa Barbara Polo Fields)
And from our industry colleagues:
"Your music was by far and away my favorite part of the day. It brought tears to my eyes. I am not a church-goer, but I find there is a reverence during a church wedding that is difficult to create in most other settings, and especially that pole barn. But your music did that for me; you created the magic." – Melinda Hellyer, Events & Design (Firestone Crossroads Estate, Santa Ynez)
"I loved the moment the Ave Maria began and I was still speaking. I didn't have that in my notes that she was to sing, but since you and the vocalist are such professionals, you immediately responded to the speaking by downing the volume so all of us could work together. It was stunning!" – Miriam Lindbeck, Officiant (Firestone Crossroads Estate, Santa Ynez)
"I always love working with you and your musicians-so professional and the music is always perfectly performed." – Jill LaFleur, The Wedding Planner (Firestone Estates Crossroads, Santa Ynez)
"Thank you so much, you guys were great. The music was perfect! I love working with great vendors and I hold you in high regards." – Sonia Hopkins, XOXO Bride (Bacara Spa & Resort, Goleta)
"Thank you - and your team- so, so much. Your playing was beyond exquisite." – Kerry Lee Dickey, Santa Barbara Wine Country Wedding & Events (Firestone Crossroads Estate, Santa Ynez)
"Thanks for all of your detailed and thorough work with the client. I appreciate it more than you know...it is not a standard in this industry with music."