Wow. After performing for hundreds of wedding ceremonies over the span of fifteen years, Quartet Parapluie has never had the honor of playing for a Vow Renewal service. Thanks to Dawn and Chris, who renewed their vows on their 20th anniversary (wow again!), our track record is finally broken.We can’t tell you how fun it is to be part of such a happy event — the perfect reminder to celebrate the good things in life and surround yourself with your nearest and dearest. Just look at the love and happiness on everyone’s faces!
Nothing says classic like a wedding at the Drake Hotel. Opened in 1920, this landmark hotel set the standard for opulence and elegance — in the roaring twenties and today. It goes without saying that the Drake is an iconic hotel in Chicago, hosting everyone from Hollywood celebrities to British Royals. So, it makes sense then, that so many couples jump at the chance to get married here. Quartet Parapluie had the great honor of performing for Me’Chele and Sean’s wedding ceremony this June, and it was simply divine.
We love playing classical music. After all, we’re classically-trained musicians. But, it’s real fun to step outside of our world occasionally. And most of us in Quartet Parapluie have stepped out of our classical boxes quite a bit over the years, having toured and performed with rock groups extensively. Continue reading
Last week, Quartet Parapluie was honored to play a role in the Luminarts Cultural Foundation’s annual fundraising gala at the Union League Club of Chicago. Luminarts Brilliance: A Feast for the Senses was an evening designed to entertain, and of course raise funds!
We were humbled to share the stage with Luminarts Fellows, including soprano Tracy Cantin, tenor Jesse Donner, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, trumpeter Marquis Hill (winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz competition), violinist Jung Tsai, pianist Chen Sehn-Fan, alto-saxaphonist Natalie Lande, and drummer Robert Dicke, who showcased the evening of entertainment. And our hats go off to the host of the evening, Frank DeVincentis, and his fellow auctioneer, Emily Betts Susanin! Job well done, people!!
The best part of the evening is knowing that our performance helped to raise funds for an incredible organization, one that supports something very near and dear to us: art and culture!
As the 2016 wedding season kicks off, we find ourselves reminiscing back to previous weddings. Each event that we perform holds a special place in our hearts, but performing for Jen and Heath’s wedding reception at Sepia Restaurant in Chicago really stands out in our memories.
Their reception at Sepia was small and sophisticated, incredibly elegant and very classy. And since Jen and Heath didn’t want the reception to turn into a dance party, Quartet Parapluie got to entertain the crowd for the entire evening. Wanting to stay true to the contemporary theme of the evening, Jen and Heath requested that we perform modern music, ranging from jazz standards to rock/pop hits. The playlist was wide, ranging from classic Beatles tunes to AC/DC’s Back in Black, and from the Pixies’ Here Comes Your Man to Ray LaMontagne’s You Are The Best Thing.
The biggest honor of the evening? Getting to perform Jen and Heath’s First Dance. Continue reading
What did you do this past Thursday?
Quartet Parapluie’s cellist, Melissa Bach, spent the evening with the lovely ladies of Tabula Tua, in Lincoln Park, for their Luxury Bridal Event. What an amazing evening! Tabula Tua curated a seriously classy open house. Brides-to-be were invited to come in and get ideas for their big day. It was cold and wet outside, but the atmosphere inside was warm and festive!
We have so much going on in our heads, from random thoughts to musical tidbits playing on repeat. Not all of those thoughts are worthy of sharing, so we’ll try and pare them down a bit. Mostly, we just want to keep in touch with our clients, both present and past, and with the spectacular vendors that we work with. So stay tuned. We’ll share some details about the lovely events we perform at. And we’ll pass on the latest trends we see.