Arioso Strings is a professional music group in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area that plays wedding ceremony and event music. With a large variety of classical and contemporary music, and highly experienced musicians, Arioso Strings adds elegance and beauty to your wedding or event.
Mary Page Block, violinist and owner of Arioso Strings, founded the group in 2006. She has been professionally performing and teaching in the area since 1986. To date, Mary has provided musical coordination for more than 1,500 weddings and events. The members of Arioso Strings are professionally trained, experienced and play with The NC Symphony, The Chamber Orchestra of The Triangle, The Carolina Ballet, The NC Opera and for the Broadway Musicals at DPAC.
LUCY GREENLEAF, violinist, has been performing and working with Arioso Strings since moving to the Raleigh area in 2014. She has an undergraduate degree in violin performance from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing with Arioso Strings, Lucy has played with the North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Fayetteville Symphony and The Carolina Philharmonic.
Arioso Strings has a variety of instrumental groups experienced in creating the perfect, elegant atmosphere for weddings and other events:
- Quartet: two violins, viola and cello
- Quintet: two violins, viola, cello and double bass
- String Trio: two violins and cello
- String Duo: violin & guitar; violin & cello, two guitars or two violins
- Solo: guitar, violin, cello, trumpet or voice
- Solo Piano (digital piano provided if needed)
- Piano with violin or cello
A Typical One Hour Wedding Includes:
- 30 minutes of prelude music as guests arrive and are seated
- Music for seating mothers and grandmothers
- Music for the bridesmaids
- Processional for the bride
- Music during candle lighting or other ceremony (optional)
- Recessional for bride and groom
- Additional music as guests exit
- Wedding ceremonies
- Cocktail hours
- Rehearsal dinners
- Dinner parties
- BirthdaysBar and Bat Mitzvahs
- Open houses for realty companies
- Business events and award ceremonies
- Funerals and memorials
Our groups can provide a variety of musical styles: classical, contemporary, Broadway, Spanish and light jazz. Visit our web site for a sample repertoire listings. We are hap[y to learn new music for your event.
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Do you want beautiful music for your ceremony? Are you unsure if strings will sound good in an outdoor setting as well as indoors? (tip - it will) Do you love beautiful music performed by professionals with true feeling and artistry? Then contact Arioso Strings and talk to them about booking their amazingly talented musicians for your wedding. I can guarantee you will be VERY glad you did.
We work almost every weekend with Arioso strings and love every minute of it! They are all gifted musician and very easy to work with. They always have a smile on their face and are genuinely glad to be there.
Having Arioso Strings play at your wedding is a delightful experience! We can not say enough about how wonderful and professional they are. We would recommend them to any couple looking to have a classy and beautiful sound at their special event celebration.
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