Planning a wedding?
Learn how we can help you plan your ceremony music and plan music and hosting for your reception party. Your wedding should be a joyous occasionand planning your wedding should not be stressful. We help organize the process and make it easy.
Planning a corporate event?
Learn how we can help you choose and plan the best entertainment options for your event.
The art of strings projects sophistication and irrepressible elegance to any event, and this is especially true for weddings. Whether you are considering a soloist, strolling violin, a string duo, a trio of flute/violin/cello, a quartet, or chamber ensemble, Michael Cascio Orchestra can produce a string ensemble that is perfect for your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour or dinner reception. We have a balanced variety of music for you to choose as wellyou might be a classical aficionado, or may also consider requesting contemporary arrangements performed on these historic instruments. Perhaps a Nora Jones, Sting, or Beatles song with strings?
Our most popular option is a standard quartet comprised of two violins, viola and cello. MCO is proud to introduce Regina Leslie as our string quartet coordinator, and leader of the Bravi Quartet. For the past two decades she has led an exciting and eclectic career performing with various Chicago orchestras and off-broadway musicals. Regina brings a high level of professionalism that you can trust for your event.
Our solo pianists are consummate professionals who create an elegant ambiance Whether performing at a cocktail or dinner reception event where guests are socializing, theme party or concert hall, intimate or large scale, our versatile pianists always cater to the dynamics of the event playing popular standards, love songs, broadway show tunes, classical music, jazz standards made popular by such artist as Sinatra, jazz rag time, latin styles, and contemporary.
Our eclectic jazz pianist Kevin Disch knows how to light up a room with sophisticated, soulful jazz standards. Chicago's very own Gregg Opelka is a nationally known performer and composerhis vibrant personality shines through in his playing. His renditions and arrangements of classical repertoire and broadway standards are tasteful dramatic and exciting. UpBeat's R&B, and Blues pianist John Talmadge is also a soulful vocal stylistJohn is an one of Chicago's top standards if you are considering a singing pianist. John's versatile song list spans from 'The Way You Look Tonight' (Sinatra) to 'Piano Man' (Billy Joel) John often closes his performance with everyone at the party singing along with the 'Piano Man'.
The addition of brass can project a magnificent and dignified ambience to your wedding ceremony. Our most popular option is trumpet with string quartet. Other ensemble options include solo trumpet, trumpet and organ, trumpet and piano, two or more trumpets with organ or piano, trumpet with brass ensemble (brass quintet, quartet, trio, duo).
MCO is proud to present our trumpet ceremony coordinator and brass ensemble leader Phil Feo. Phil has performed with many of Chicago's top orchestras including the Ravinia Festival Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and Maestro Eric Kunzel. Phil has worked as a music editor, copyist, consultant and librarian for a variety of music legends, including Sir George Solti, Leonad Bernstein, Daniel Barenboem, Luciano Pavoratti, and Celine Dion.
Phil Feo's Herald Trumpeters is a five piece brass ensemble which performs for a multitude of grand eventsvarious corporate events, such as Ford Motor Co., and venue grand openings, celebrations, etc.
Penny Currier is one of Chicago's top flight Harpists, both as a soloist and with various ensembles. She has worked for scores of corporations, and hundreds of brides and grooms have chosen to depend on her training and years of experience for their wedding celebrations. Her extensive repertoire sensibly includes a broad range of musical styles, suitable to all tastes, which encompass popular melodies, show tunes, standards, classical, love songs, and much more.
“If music be the food of love, play on” William Shakespeare.
We are proud of our string, trumpet, piano and harp performers. Thank you for considering our musicians!
Photography by Joanna Kozek
Photography by Joanna Kozek
Photography by Jennifer Girard