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String Quartet

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (350kb)
Canon in D (360kb)
Air from Water Music (314kb)
Spring from Four Seasons (298kb)
Ave Maria (555kb)
Liebesfreud (409kb)

Salon Orchestra

Ain't She Sweet? (350kb)
Make Believe (311kb)

Strolling Strings

Autumn Leaves (498kb)
Getting to Know You (400kb)

Continental Trio
Under Paris Skies (350kb)

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John Tenney helped us focus in on the type of music we wanted for our ceremony. Not being musically oriented, we can't stress enough how helpful this was. Everything was well planned thanks to John's help. Even with all the duties and stresses that go with a wedding, we were always able to hear the soothing music. The musicians were prompt, courteous and personable. And like John said from the beginning, they simply love to play. Take it from us, it shows.

--Lauren and Nick Doko, 2001.

Photo: Golden Gate Ensembles (Quartet) The Golden Gate Ensembles: Music for Strings

When you want the very best in music, experience is the key. The four members of the Golden Gate String Quartet, led by John Tenney, have more than 125 years of combined experience, and have played music of every kind all over the world. The other six core members of the Ensembles add another 175 years, give or take a couple of decades. Such seasoned musicians can give you exactly what you need, be it for a wedding, corporate event or elegant party.

Besides the traditional string quartet (also trio, duo and solo), the Ensembles offer a Salon Orchestra, playing lush arrangements from the 1890s to the 1940s, the golden age of popular music. Gershwin, Berlin, Porter... it's all here, along with waltzes, rumbas, rags and more. There are also Strolling Strings--you can have as many as you want, from a soloist to a full orchestra--that add more modern songs to the "golden age" repertoire.

Another strong point is our flexibility. You can have two or more groups that sound completely different, for little more than the price of one, just by adding one or two musicians. When you combine versatility with careful attention to the details of every event, you can be sure of a superior performance. As Niki Ballard said of her 2002 wedding at Sausalito's Alta Mira Hotel, "You and your group were wonderful and provided us with everything we wanted--how often does THAT happen?"

Click here to request the Golden Gate Ensembles for your event!

The Golden Gates Ensembles have performed at:

  • Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
  • Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco & Half Moon Bay
  • Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley
  • Inn at Spanish Bay, Carmel
  • Sheraton-Palace, San Francisco
  • Stanford Court, San Francisco
  • French Laundry, Napa Valley
  • Lark Creek Inn, Larkspur
  • Kohl Mansion, Burlingame
  • Ralston Hall, Belmont
  • Flood Mansion, San Francisco
  • Gordon Getty Residence, San Francisco
  • Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco
  • U.C. Berkeley Faculty Club
  • Silverado Country Club, Napa Valley
  • Burlingame Country Club
  • Beaulieu Gardens, Napa Valley
  • Dunsmuir House, Oakland
  • Viansa Winery, Sonoma
  • Clos Pegase, Napa Valley
  • Academy of Science, San Francisco
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • San Francisco City Hall

... and hundreds of additional quality establishments throughout the Bay Area.

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  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik--Mozart
  • Four Seasons--Vivaldi
  • Canon in D--Pachelbel
  • Air for the G String--Bach
  • Ave Maria--Schubert
  • Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring--Bach
  • Trumpet Voluntary--Clarke
  • Ode To Joy--Beethoven
  • Water Music--Handel
  • Habanera--Bizet
  • Queen Of Sheba--Handel
  • Sheep May Safely Graze--Bach
  • As Time Goes By
  • Embraceable You
  • Misty
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Siboney
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Yesterday
  • All I Ask Of You
  • One Hand, One Heart
  • Sunrise, Sunset
  • Dodi Li
  • Mazel Tov
  • Blue Danube Waltz

... and many, many more. Including the other groups in the Ensembles, we perform well over a thousand songs.

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