The Paradies Ensemble

String Quartet from Saint Petersburg, FL - Will travel up to 40 miles
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Hi, I'm Julie Paradies, first violinist and leader of The Paradies Ensemble. My husband Jim and I recently moved here from New York State. We have been providing music at weddings for 20 years, and this experience will set your mind at ease!

You choose the ensemble: solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet. You can enter to the Pachelbel Canon in D and exit to the Trumpet Voluntary played joyfully by trumpet and strings. Or choose your own; we're flexible! You don't need to choose all the music; we are the experts so leave it to us. At your cocktail hour, enjoy a mix of classical plus contemporary selections such as All of Me, Make You Feel My Love, All You Need Is Love, and A Thousand Years.

We can play as the traditional string quartet of first violin, second violin, viola, and cello. OR, hire the ensemble of trumpet and strings for a something unique: Jim will play a joyful trumpet fanfare to announce the bride's walk down the aisle! Your guests will remember that exciting moment. Mix and match the groupto create the sound you want. We will contact our colleagues who play the flute, guitar, or harp.

Prices vary according to number of musicians and hours (one hour for the ceremony or two hours for both ceremony and cocktail hour).

I play first violin in two orchestras: the Suncoast Symphony Orchestra and the Pinellas Park Civic Orchestra, where I am concertmaster. Music is an important part of my life!

We look forward to "playing a part" in your wedding!
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Let me start off by saying my favorite part of our wedding ceremony was hearing Julie and Jim Paradise play. My ceremony took place on the beach and although it turned out to be a beautiful day, the wind and water were loud making it hard to hear. This didn’t affect Julie and Jim, we could hear their beautiful music perfectly. Julie is an amazing person to work with. She is a kind and patient woman who went over everything with me numerous times to make sure my wedding day was perfect. When my big day came, I was nervous and excited. As I walked towards the arch all I could hear was their beautiful music and I knew I had hired the best musicians.

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Based on a last minute cancellation of organist and violinist to play at our wedding ceremony, I was able to locate Paradies Ensemble through Gigmasters and was highly impressed with the aptitude and professionalism of Paradies. Since I rarely have time to review and comment on my experiences, I will say Julie was extremely professional and diligent to validate her musical repoitore and experience to play this type of venue. I was confident upon speaking to her that she was the right choice. HIGHLY RECOMMEND her for any type of venue and her level of experience was truly a blessing and welcomed for making my ceremony harmonious and a beautiful experience.

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We had the honor of having the Paradies Ensemble play at our Ceremony and cocktail hour this past Saturday up in Roxbury NY. They were absolutely amazing! They even learned A Whole New World for us (our first date was Aladdin on Broadway). They were such a pleasure to work with and their beautiful music made our day extra special. We can't say enough good things about this group, we highly recommend them for your event. Thanks again Paradies Ensemble!

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The Paradies Ensemble’s Response:

Hi Tom and Kacie, It was very gratifying to see your thumbs up while we were playing A Whole New World. We were happy to play a part in your perfect day! ~~Julie, Jim, Ryan and Jay

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PAST EVENTS
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2017
Oct
1
pinellas.park.orch.concert
Pinellas Park, FL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Oct
7
Wedding ceremony & cocktail hour
Saint Petersburg, FL
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
Oct
29
wedding ceremony
Clearwater, FL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Nov
5
pinellas.park.orch.concert
Pinellas Park, FL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Dec
3
pinellas.park.orch.concert
Pinellas Park, FL
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Feb
11
Fundraiser
Palm Harbor, FL
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2017
Jun
24
Wedding Ceremony
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
May
29
Suncoast.Sym.Orch.@BayPinesNat.Cem.
Saint Petersburg, FL
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2017
May
13
wedding ceremony
Saint Petersburg, FL
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2017
May
6
Town Manor on the Lake
Auburndale, FL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Apr
29
Suncoast Symphony Orchestra concert
Palm Harbor, FL
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Apr
22
Suncoast Symphony Orchestra concert
Largo, FL
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
What a Wonderful World
Canon in D
Pachelbel
Marry You
Bruno Mars
Bridal Chorus, "Here Comes The Bride"
Wagner
A Thousand Years
Christina Perri
Viva La Vida
Coldplay
Wedding March
Mendelssohn
Ode to Joy
Beethoven
Marry Me
Train
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach
String Quartet
Acoustic Duo
Classical Duo
Chamber Music Duo
Acoustic Trio
Classical Trio
Chamber Music Trio
Chamber Music Quartet
Classical Quartet
Weddings
Celebrations
Concerts
Bridal Showers
Events
Banquets
Fundraisers
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Holiday Parties
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Commitment Ceremonies
Church Services
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Mother's Day Parties
Country Clubs
Lessons
Please note The Paradies Ensemble will also travel to Pinellas Park, Bay Pines, Largo, Clearwater, Seminole, Tampa, Indian Rocks Beach, Sun City, Belleair Beach, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Safety Harbor, Anna Maria, Palmetto, Bradenton, Dunedin, Terra Ceia, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Gibsonton.
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