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The Hamilton Strings



The Hamilton Strings is available to perform at weddings and other special events throughout The Bay Area. From sacred wedding ceremony music to live jazz during cocktail hour, to holiday celebrations, the Hamilton Strings will provide the perfect live music for your upcoming occasion. We offer classical chamber music, jazz, popular, holiday and world music.

Our ensembles are time and time again being praised for their ability to transform a beautiful occasion into something truly wonderful. We truly look forward to working with you as you plan your special event.

Planning your Event
Your music coordinator provides free unlimited assistance to aid you in the process of selecting music for your event. We are happy to provide you with suggestions as to what music we feel is best suitable. If you have specific selections that you would like performed, please let us know ahead of time so that we can have adequate time to locate the music. We will arrive at your venue before the scheduled time of performance to coordinate walking cues for the processional and receive ceremony and recessional cues from your officiate. In the case of other types of events, we are experienced in working with function staff during dinners, receptions, parties, and other special occasions, paying the closest attention to every detail as to make your event a success!


Some of our Music...


Tomaso Albinoni


Johann Sebastian Bach

Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3, D Major

Arioso, G Major

Brandenburg Concertos, Nos. 1-6

Double Violin Concerto, d minor

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

Minuet in G (Anna Magdalena)

Sheep May Safely Graze

Sleepers Awake


Ave Maria

Samuel Barber

Adadio for Strings

Ludwig von Beethoven

Adagio from the Pathetique Sonata

Fur Elise

Ode to Joy

String Quartet No. 1, F Major, Op. 18

Early String Quartets

Middle String Quartets

Late String Quartets

Georges Bizet

Aragonaise from Carmen

Prelude from Carmen

Habanera from Carmen

Flower Song from Carmen

Les Toreadors from Carmen

Carillon from L’Arlesienne Suite

Luigi Boccherini


Alexander Borodin

Polovetsian Dances

String Quartet No. 2

Johannes Brahms

Hungarian Dances

Jeremiah Clarke

Trumpet Voluntary

Claude Debussy

Clair de Lune

Golliwog’s Cake-Walk

Leo Delibes

Flower Duet Song from Lakme

Antonin Dvorak

String Quartet No. 6, Op. 96 “American”


Slavonic Dances

 Edward Elgar

Chanson de Matin

Salut d’Amour

Gabriel Faure


Cesar Frank

Panis Angelicus

Georg Frideric Handel

Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon

Hallelujah from The Messiah

Largo from Xerxes


Royal Fireworks Music

Water Music Suites

Josef Haydn

Early String Quartets

Middle String Quartets

Late String Quartets




Scott Joplin (RAGTIME MUSIC)
Bethena (Concert Waltz)
Country Club
Euphonic Sounds
Maple Leaf Rag
Paragon Rag
Pineapple Rag
Pleasant Moments
Roseleaf Rag

Scott Joplin's New Rag

The Easy Winners

The Entertainer

Franz Lehar

Waltz from The Merry Widow

Felix Mendelssohn

Complete String Quartets

Wedding March

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Alleluia from Exultante Jubilante

Divertimento in D, K.136

Divertimento in E, K. 137

Divertimento in F, K. 138

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Le Nozze di Figaro

Magic Flute Overture

Rondo in Turkish Style

Complete String Quartets

Jean-Joseph Mouret

Rondeau from Masterpiece Theater

Johann Pachelbel

Canon in D Major

Jacques Offenbach

Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman

Giacomo Puccini


Mi Chiamano Mimi from La Boheme

Quando Me’n Vo’ (Musetta’s Waltz) from La Boheme

O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi

Maurice Ravel


Menuet from Le Tombeau de Couperin

Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte

 Franz Schubert

Ave Maria

Musical Moment No. 3


Robert Schumann


Eric Satie

Three Gymnopedies

Johann Strauss, Jr.

Artist’s Life Waltz

Blue Danube Waltz

Wine, Women, and Song

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1

Serenade for Strings

Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker

Giuseppe Verdi

La Donna e’ mobile from Rigoletto

Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto for 2 Violins, a-minor

Concerto Grosso in d minor, No. 11, Op. 3

The Four Seasons

Richard Wagner

Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin



Most wedding ceremonies are divided into three parts: the prelude, the service, and the postlude. The prelude is played as the guests are gathering. It is usually fifteen minutes long. It concludes with the processionals for the parents, ushers and bridesmaids, and bride. The processional music can be one piece or three separate pieces.

Depending on the religious status of the ceremony, there can be musical interludes between readings, at the lighting of a unity candle, or during communion. The service closes with a recessional for the entire wedding party. This is followed by a 10-minute postlude played as the guests leave the sanctuary. Brides should feel free to choose traditional, classical, contemporary, or a mixture of musical styles for their service.

You will receive our wedding music worksheet to help with selecting the music for your ceremony and to provide us with information pertaining to your specific wedding program. You'll be able to choose from standard pieces for each part of the ceremony, as well as list any special requests or instructions that you might have including any non-traditional music requests. As your wedding day nears, we will contact you again to confirm your selections and ceremony program, and to address any questions you might have.

At any time, we are available for consultation by phone or e-mail to answer your questions or offer musical advice. If you are working with a wedding coordinator or music director at your place of worship, we'd be happy to coordinate with them as well.


Beyond the ceremony
Our ensembles are available and are often booked for the cocktail hour or first hour of the reception immediately following the ceremony. This creates a very elegant bridge of live music up until your band or DJ takes over, continuing the celebratory mood of your ceremony with upbeat classical music, jazz standards, or your own requests! Please contact us with specific questions or to inquire about availability


Planning a reception or Corporate Event
The Hamilton Strings performs for many corporate events, including award dinners, banquets, holiday parties, and store openings. Although each event is unique, all involve similar planning questions.

Ensemble Selection
The size of the ensemble can be balanced with the size of the gathering. In general, estimate at least one musician for every 35 to 50 guests. The ratio can be adjusted depending on amplification and location. This allows the guests to converse freely while the music is being played. A violin-flute duet is perfect for a dinner of 100 guests. A building open house attracting several hundred guests could be highlighted with a piano quintet.

Repertoire Selection
Most receptions feature lighter classical music. Some blend in popular selections as the event continues.

Indoor Events
Traffic flow is crucial at indoor events. Calculate 4' x 4' of floor space per musician. Place the musicians at opposite ends of the room from a bar or food stations. Allow ten feet between the first seated guests and the musicians. This leaves room for serving staff to move freely around the tables.

Outdoor Events
The musicians need to play in shaded areas and out of the wind. Placing them on a patio, riser, or other hard surface helps in sound production. A wall or side of a tent projects the music toward the guests. Because of damage to their instruments, most musicians cannot play in weather below 60 degrees.

Other Considerations
Dress code for our musicians is black tuxedo or concert attire, unless otherwise requested. There may be electrical requirements for lighting and amplification needs. Sometimes speeches and toasts need to be coordinated in advance. The Hamilton Strings is happy to assist you with any questions.


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