"The highlight of our Monterey
/ Carmel Tour was having a fabulous lunch at the Monterey Plaza
enhanced by the sounds of the Monterey String Quartet. Being in
the wedding and special event industry for over forty years, you
definitely rate a ten plus. You created the perfect ambiance and
elegance to our day. I would not hesitate to recommend you to any
of our clients. You are the perfect touch for any special occasion."
Ann Nola, Founder/Director
and Honorary Chairperson, Association of Certified Professional
"...work of strength, precision, understanding, passion and a thoroughly
surprising musical intelligence."
The Monterey County Herald
"We received many comments from
our guests about how much they enjoyed you. You did a wonderful
selection of songs for the reception! Your music really made the
bride/groom and father/daughter dances extra special! Thanks for
Stacy and Danen
"A quick note with a big thank you to the Monterey String Quartet
for their superb music at the wedding of Sara & Dean. By the time
they reached the 3rd or 4th bar of their first piece, I felt my
blood pressure & anxiety drop at least 50%. They were wonderful!
Better than a stiff drink in calming nerves. Thank you."
Letter from mother of
Since 1983 the Monterey String Quartet
has been providing beautiful string music for receptions, weddings,
corporate functions and formal concerts.
The Monterey String Quartet's wide range of styles and tasteful
selections create the perfect atmosphere for any occasion.
Their commitment to the finest quality makes this group the most
popular string ensemble on the Central California Coast.
Also available as the Monterey String Trio (two violins and cello)
and Monterey String Duo (violin and cello).
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information on MSQ
The Juli Alexander Trio is another lovely option. Composed of Dave
Dally (violin) and Margie Dally (cello) of The Monterey String Quartet,
along with harpist Juli
Alexander, this group provides a unique twist on the classic
string trio and is both acoustically and visually appealing. Also
available as a harp and cello duo.
Dave Dally is the first violinist, manager, arranger and a founder
of the Monterey String Quartet. He conducts the String Ensemble
at Monterey Peninsula College, is the Concertmaster for I Cantori
and Ensemble Monterey, and has been Concertmaster of the Monterey
Bay Symphony, Hidden Valley Operas, and Monterey Opera. Dave played
first violin with San Jose and Monterey County Symphonies, and also
plays violin and trumpet with Mike Marotta Jr. in the Marotta
Band and the Monterey
International Trio. Dave also performs in a violin/guitar duo,
Moon. He has participated in the Aspen and Tanglewood Music
Festivals and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.
Margie Dally (Cello) is a founding member of the Monterey String
Quartet. She has performed with the Santa Cruz and Monterey County
Symphonies, Monterey Bay Symphony, I Cantori di Carmel, Monterey
Opera Company, Hidden Valley Operas, the Monterey Peninsula Choral
Society, and Ensemble Monterey. Margie also performs with the fiddle
band Heartstrings, and maintains a private teaching studio.
Laura Burian (Violin) has played violin since the age of 5. She
was Concertmaster of the Duke University Symphony Orchestra, and
taught chamber and orchestral music throughout college at the Duke
University String School. She has performed a wide range of styles
ranging from orchestral to chamber to fiddle music with a wide range
of musical groups, in the US, Taiwan, and China. Laura has been
with the Monterey String Quartet and Heartstrings since 2001.
Arlyn Knapic (Viola & Violin) received her BA from University of
California Santa Barbara, and an MA in Violin Performance from San
Jose State University, where she served as concertmaster of the
University Symphony. Enjoying various styles of playing, Ms. Knapic
has performed with local chamber groups, orchestras, singer/songwriters
and bluegrass bands. She maintains a private studio at the Monterey
Peninsula Academy of Music and teaches at Santa Catalina School.
Her principal teachers include Mildred Kline, Ronald Copes (Juilliard
String Quartet), Cecily Ward (Cypress String Quartet) and Diane
Nicholeris (San Francisco Symphony).
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