Otherwise Strings

Classical Duo from Redlands, CA - Will travel up to 500 miles
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$500 - $5000 per event
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About
Otherwise Strings, founded in 1999 by Mark and Mari McConnell, started as a guitar and violin duo. We are now a network of professional musicians that perform regularly. We have performed with musicians such as Smokey Robinson, Peter Cetera, Josh Groban, Micheal Buble, Barry Manilow, and many, many others!

We cater the ensemble to fit your needs, from string duos, trios, and quartets to several combinations that make your event memorable. Our repertoire includes Classical standards, Jazz, Broadway showtunes, arrangements of popular tunes and much, much, more. Ask us about arrangements of 80's love songs for string ensemble! To round out your music needs for your event, contact Mark McConnell to book the highly acclaimed Otherwise Jazz. This is your one-stop-shop for music!

For a life-long memory, special music can be composed for your event, with advance notice.

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50+ GigMasters Bookings
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
2018 - Top Classical Duo

Wedding Ceremony

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"Otherwise Strings" are a joy to work with. Their performance at my son's wedding exceeded my expectations; they were well-prepared, highly talented, professional in dress and attitude, but also very warm, friendly, and easy to be with. They also helped us, very last minute, when the DJ for the reception was delayed. When asked, they readily agreed to play longer than the original planned cocktail hour, and "stepped into the gap" beautifully. None of the guests even knew there was a problem. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting lovely music, performed with class, for a special event.

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We hired Mari for a violin and cello duo during our wedding ceremony, they were excellent. We had a few uncommon pieces we asked Mari to play, she was very accommodating and played the pieces very beautifully. I'm so happy we went with otherwise strings, they made the ceremony very special.

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Otherwise Strings was great! We requested special specific music for our wedding (pieces not normally requested) and they played each piece with a high caliber of musicianship. We had several guests comment on how wonderful the strings were as an addition to our wedding ceremony.The group was dressed professionally, arrived on time, played exactly what we asked for, and choose appropriate music to fill the time prior to the ceremony. My husband and I are so glad we choose Mari and Otherwise Strings to be part of our special day!

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Mari and everyone in the Otherwise Strings trio was a FABULOUS addition to our wedding. They arrived early, played beautifully and even learned a new song for the ceremony (U2’s Beautiful Day). Otherwise Strings was beyond professional and my guests loved them during cocktail hour after the ceremony, If you are looking for a group that will bring romance, class, jazz and a memorable vibe to your event, Otherwise Strings is it! Our wedding guests are still raving about the overall ambience due in most part to the amazing musicians we hired.

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Otherwise strings was everything we wanted in our wedding ceremony music. Their ability to adjust and go with the flow of the day was extremely valuable! We highly recommend them.

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They played all of the music I requested and I would recommend them.

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Otherwise Strings provided such elegant and beautiful music during our wedding ceremony. All of our wedding guests were very impressed by their talent and outstanding performance. Because we were so busy preparing for the wedding, we did not have time to make all of the music selections for the ceremony -- Otherwise Strings made wonderful selections for us, that perfectly conveyed the mood and enriched the atmosphere within the church.

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The music made the wedding even more perfect! The music was lovely and complemented the wedding. I definitely recommend otherwise strings. They are the perfect addition for any formal event!

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Temple Event

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Responsive, responsible, talented, pleasant. I would use again.

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Very helpful and accomodating. Highly recommend Otherwise Strings to others.

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2019
Dec
28
Birthday Party (Adult)
Rancho Mirage, CA
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Sep
12
Private Party
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Dec
23
Church Service
Indian Wells, CA
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
2018
Dec
7
Wedding Ceremony
Corona del Mar, CA
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
2018
Nov
20
Wedding
Palm Desert, CA
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
2018
Oct
16
Corporate Function
Palm Springs, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2018
Oct
6
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Dana Point, CA
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Sep
2
Wedding Ceremony
Santa Barbara, CA
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2018
Feb
24
Wedding Ceremony
Palm Springs, CA
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Feb
5
Corporate Function
San Diego, CA
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Nov
18
Wedding
Palm Springs, CA
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Dec
17
Christmas Party
Riverside, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Nov
4
Anniversary Party
Westlake Village, CA
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Adagio from "Xerxes"
Handel
A Foggy Day
Gershwin G. & Ira
Air
Dowland John
Air from Suite No.5
Handel George Friedrich
Air 'on G string'
Bach J.S.
Allegretto from Divertimenti Notturni Op.86 No.4
Guliani Mauro
Allegro from Partita No.2
Teleman G. Ph.
Allegro in D
Mozart W.A
Allergretto
Haydn Franz Joseph
Alman
Johnson Robert
All Of Me
Simons & Marks
All The Things You Are
Kern Jerome
All The Way
Van Heusen J
Amazing Grace
Traditional
And the Glory of the Lord
Religious
Andante
Diabell Antonio
Andante from Sonata No. 16
K.V. 545
Andante from Sonatina
Op 36
As Time Goes By
Hupfeld Herman
Autumn in New York Duke
Vernon
Autumn Leaves
Mercer Johnny
Arrival Of the Queen Of Sheba
Handel George Friedrich
Ave Maria
Bach – Gounod
Ave Maria
Schubert Franz
Ave Verum Corpus
Mozart W.A
Aylesford' Gavotte
Handel George Friedrich
Bagatelle
Beethoven L. van
Be Thou With Me
Bach J.S.
Berceuse
Faure G.
Black Orpheus
Bonfa Louis
Bouree
Bach J.S.
Bouree
Praetorius Michael
Brandenburg Concertos
Bach
Canon in D
Pachelbel Johann
Contradanzas Habaneras
Samuell/Bareiro
Czardas
Monty Vittorio
Desde El Alma
Melo Rosita
Dodi Li
Jewish Traditional
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Ellington Duke
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart W.A
El Hurican
Samuell/Bareiro
El Majo Discreto
Granados E.
Entr'acte
Bizet George
Evening Prayer
Humperdinck Engelbert
Gavotte
Gossec F.
Greensleeves
Traditional
Gymnopedie I
Satie Erik
Hard Days Night
Lennon/McCartney
Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus from 'Loengrin')
Wagner Richard
Hey Jude
Lennon/McCartney
Hornpipe and Air
Purcell Henry
Hornpipe from Water Music
Handel George Friedrich
Invention No.10
Bach J.S.
Italian Air from Suite in a minor
Telemann G. Ph.
Jesu
Joy of Man’s Desiring
La Caridad
Samuell/Bareiro
La Dengosa
Samuell/Bareiro
La Quejosita
Samuell/Bareiro
La Rejouissance
Handel George Friedrich
La Virtuosa
Samuell/Bareiro
Larghetto from Divertimenti Notturni Op.86 No.4
Guliani Mauro
Largo from “Xerxes”
Handel George Friedrich
Le Marc-Antoine
Blavet Michel
Le Tambourin
Leclair Jean Marie
Le Tambourin
Rameau Jean Philippe
Lento
Telemann G. Ph.
Let the Bright Seraphim
Handel George Friedrich
Libertango
Piazzolla Astor
Little Italian Song from 'Album for the Young'
Tchaikovsky P.I.
Little Song
Kabalevsky Dmitri
Love Story
Lai F.
March
Bach J.S.
March from “The Marriage of Figaro”
Mozart W.A
March from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Bach J.S.
Mazurka Op.67 .No.3
Chopin Frederick
Meditation from Thais
Massenet Jules
Memory
Weber Andrew Lloyd
Menuet
Rameau Jean Philippe
Minuet
Schubert Franz
Minuet from Don Giovanni
Mozart W.A
Minuet from Eight Minuets & Trios for Pianoforte K315a
Mozart W.A
Minuet from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Mozart W.A
Minuet From Orpheus
Gluck C. W. von
Minuet from Symphony No.36
Mozart W.A
Minuet from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Bach J.S.
Minuet I & II
Purcell Henry
Minuet in G minor
Bach J.S.
Minuetto
Paganini Nicolo
Minuetto and Trios
Beethoven L. van
Minuetto and Trios from Flute Serende Op.25
Beethoven L. van
Moment Musical
Schubert Franz
Musette
Bach J.S.
Musette from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
Bach J.S.
O' Sole Mio
Di Capua
O Mio Bambino Caro
Puccini
Ode to Joy
Beethoven L. van
Organ Grinder
Schubert
Pastorale
Vivaldi Antonio
Pavane
Faure G.
Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte
Ravel Maurice
Piacer d'Amor
Martini
Playera
Granados E.
Polonaise
Mozart W.A
Prelude in E minor
Chopin Frederick
Preludio
Corelli Archangelo
Promenade from 'Chidlren's Suite' Op.65 No.2
Prokofiev Sergei
Rage Over A Lost Penny
Beethoven L. van
Recuerdos la Alhambra
Tarrega Francisco
Rejoyce from Water Music
Handel George Friedrich
Reverie
Debussy Claude
Romance from 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik'
Mozart W.A
Romance from Sonata Op.49
No.1
Rondeau
Mouret Jean Joseph
Rondo
Bach C.P.E.
Rondo
Diabelli Antonio
Rondo a Capriccio Op.129
Beethoven L. van
Rondo from Sonata Op.49 No.1
Beethoven
Rondo from Sonatina Op.20 No.1
Kuhlau Friedrick
Rondo Theme from Concerto in D Major Op.27
Boccherini Luigi
Scarborough Fair
Traditional
Serenade
Haydn Franz Joseph
Serenade
Schubert Franz
Serenade from String Quartet op. 3 No.5
Haydn Franz Joseph
Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata 208
Bach J.S.
Siciliano from II Sonata
Bach J.S.
Sicilienne
Faure G.
Sicilienne
M.T. von Paradies
Six Duets for Violin and Guitar
Paganini Nicolo
Sleepers Awake
Bach J.S.
Sonata in A
Scarlatti Domenico
Sonata Op.3 No.6
Paganini Nicolo
Sonatine in d minor
Beethoven L. van
Spring Song
K596
Swan
Dowland John
Swan the
Saent Saens Camille
Tambourine
Mouret Jean Joseph
Tango
Albeniz Isaac
The Harmoniuos Blacksmith
Handel George Friedrich
The Mechanical Doll
Schostakovich Dmitri
Theme and Variation on a Rossini Theme
Chopin Frederick
The Swan
Saint-Saens
Torna A Suriento
De Courtis
Traumerei
Schumann Robert
Tre Giorni
Pergolesi G.
Trumpet Tune
Purcell Henry
Trumpet Voluntary
Purcell Clarke
Two German Dances
No.1 & No.2
Two Landler No.1 & No.2
Op.33
Valse
Tchaikovsky P.I.
Valse Sentimentale
Schubert Franz
Waltz
Brahms Johannes
Waltz
Grieg Edward
Waltz in A minor
Chopin Frederick
Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mendelssohn F.
Wedding March from “The Marriage Of Figaro”
Mozart W.A
What a Wonderful World
Weiss/Thiele
What If I Never Spoke
Dowland John
When I'm 64
Lennon/McCartney
Winter "Largo' from the 'Four Seasons'
Vivaldi Antonio
Yesterday
Lennon/McCartney
String Quartet
Classical Duo
Jazz Duo
Chamber Music Duo
Classical Trio
Jazz Trio
Chamber Music Trio
Chamber Music Quartet
Classical Quartet
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Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note Otherwise Strings will also travel to Bryn Mawr, Loma Linda, Highland, Mentone, Patton, San Bernardino, Colton, Grand Terrace, Moreno Valley, Moreno, Yucaipa, Calimesa, Riverside, Bloomington, March Air Force Base, Rialto, Rimforest, Running Springs, Blue Jay, Crest Park, Skyforest, Twin Peaks, Cedar Glen, Crestline, Green Valley Lake, Lake Arrowhead, Fontana, Perris, Rubidoux, Cedarpines Park.
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