Servicing the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, classical music ensemble Sage String Quartet specializes in providing elegant, timeless live wedding music. In its first five years of service alone, the music ensemble played for over 500 weddings. Sage String Quartet includes such accomplished musicians as Kyung LeBlanc, Regino Madrid, and Armine Graham, among others.
Sage String Quartet tirelessly endeavors to plan and oversee every musical detail of its clients’ wedding events. The music ensemble’s library includes over 300 musical pieces of varying styles. For couples who have a particular piece in mind that is not in the library, Sage String Quartet is happy to find or arrange a string quartet version of your selected piece. The ensemble can accommodate wedding ceremonies, cocktail hours, rehearsal dinners, and receptions. All of the music ensemble’s musicians are accomplished in playing a wide variety of instruments, including the piano, cello, harp, saxophone, and violin. Depending on the needs of your wedding, the Sage String Quartet also provides the following services:
Recommended by 100% of couples
Karl · Married on 05/29/2010
This quartet is spectacular. I grew up playing the violin and piano, played in orchestras all through college, and still play chamber music very frequently. We hired a quartet to play during our cocktail hour (90 minutes, actually), and I had very specific ideas about the kind of music I wanted -- classical, but also music with longer lyrical lines, rather than the more lively stuff (outer movements of Mozart and Haydn quartets, etc.) that's sometimes played. I also was very concerned about finding a quartet that would be really and truly good. I hoped for musicians that would, at least, play in tune; then I thought if their tone was full and not thin, that'd be even better; and if they had some musicianship, that'd be icing on the cake.
The Sage quartet blew all these expectation out of the water. At the cocktails they sounded spectacular -- they were of course in tune (which I think probably sets them apart from every other quartet I've heard at a wedding). They also had a beautiful and strong sound, and were tight and together and very musical. We had several professional musicians as guests, and they were all kind of shocked and totally impressed at how good the quartet was. Indeed, some sat down by the quartet to listen instead of mingling! I really cannot overstate how surprised and pleased we were by how good this quartet is.
As for the logistics and so forth, they were also beyond reproach. Kyung was very very responsive, frequently writing back within minutes. We had a very long and extended exchange about the repertoire, with my sending suggestions and even pdfs of sheet music, and she was patient and responsive, letting me set the play list I wanted, but also offering her judgment about things that wouldn't work. (A couple of the arrangement I sent, for example, she thought weren't good, which I'm sure was the correct judgment.) That said, for someone who wanted to be less involved in the details of the music, I'm sure the quartet could just take care of it -- they have a great repertoire. I left to their discretion the order in which they'd play the various pieces, and I think they did a great job mixing things up appropriately, and avoiding any jarring transitions. They were also incredibly professional when they got there -- on time (appropriately early), and looked great.
For all of this, they are an absolute bargain. I cannot recommend them highly enough. If there were 10 stars that's what they'd get.
Courtney · Married on 09/29/2018
Sage was the very first vendor we booked for our wedding this past weekend, and we waited eagerly all year to get to hear them after obsessively listening to their entire library of samples over and over during the planning process. They more than delivered with absolutely gorgeous music for our ceremony and cocktail hour, playing a mix of classic wedding songs, pop hits, and video game music that our guests raved about!! (A friend currently planning her own wedding requested their contact info the next day because she wanted to hire them, too!) They were super responsive and friendly and made the planning process very easy. Enormous song library and incredible talent -- can't recommend them enough!!!
Chelsea · Married on 09/29/2018
Excellent communication, talent
We hired the Sage Jazz Trio with sax, keys, bass. This group's staff (I emailed and spoke with Sean) is one of the best teams I communicated with while wedding planning. My questions were always answered clearly, he called ME to make sure things were squared away in the weeks ahead (not vice versa, as was usually the case), and had some really good ideas for things when I wasn't sure on song selection or instrumentation. On the actual day, the musicians were great and entirely self-sufficient (and talented!). I didn't need to think about them or their set-up at all, and everyone enjoyed the music. Thank you!
I recently worked with Sage String Quartet - specifically Regino, one of their violinists. His music was BEAUTIFUL!!! His rendering of Ravel's Sonata created such an elegant setting for my bride to walk down the aisle. Plus, Sage String Quartet is highly professional - so save yourself some worry, and put yourself in the good hands of Sage String Quartet!
Sage is fantastic!
I should say up front that I'm a huge fan of string quartets. I listen to them often, and my standards are high. Sage String Quartet is one of the best I have had the pleasure of hearing. They are a true ensemble, not just four musicians playing together. They are well rehearsed, working seamlessly together, and have a classic, sophisticated sound that blends perfectly. At the wedding we worked together their music selection was ideal - every piece was perfectly suited for the event, and performed expertly in a sequence that flowed well. Tone, dynamics, tempo, interpretation, expression, and execution were all superb. As you might expect, the ensemble conducted themselves with exemplary professionalism. I'm definitely looking forward to working with them again.