Who is in Linden Trio? It depends on the day. There are about a dozen musicians that play with the trio, so you might meet Bev, Alicia, Brian, Jeanette, Marco, Lianne, Amy, Adam, Beth, Laura, Ray, Hank, Lynanne...well you get the picture! The trio is owned and managed by Nancy, who is also the flutist, so you'll almost always meet her...(unless she accidentally double books with a family event again.) Having a pool of players gives the trio great flexibility, lots of fun, and insurance for those rare days when a player has a family emergency or illness. So far, that happens only about once every 4-5 years, and even then we've got you covered.
My event is outside. Do I have to rent a tent for the group?
No… but the instruments, cases and music must be protected from precipitation, direct sunlight, high winds, and temperature extremes (68° to 99° with minimal winds is best). If it is in the 60s or lower, with a brisk wind, the chill factor could crack the wood of the violin or cello. (Strings are somewhat like pyrex; you can freeze it, you can bake it, but you can't change temperatures quickly without breaking it.) In hot sunny weather, shade is critical for the strings; the varnish can be damaged by repeated exposure to sunlight, and it significantly affects the tone quality. Shade can be provided by trees, large shrubs, deck-sized umbrellas, porches, nearby buildings, or persistent clouds. Precipitation requires some sort of roof over our heads. In high winds, it is difficult to keep the music stands from blowing over- and possibly hitting the cello! In difficult weather, we have sometimes played from inside the nearest building (in front of a partially opened window), or from a covered porch. If your venue has no buildings nearby, the weather is bad, and you do not arrange for some shelter (and for heat if it is very cold), it is possible that the trio may not be able to play at all. Please consider this carefully- we would hate to disappoint you!
My event is booked from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. When will the group arrive? When will you start playing?
If we are booked 5:00 - 6:00 pm, then we start playing at 5:00 pm. We'll be there about 20 - 30 minutes before, (4:30 - 4:40 in this example), so we have time to check with your coordinator about any details.
What if my wedding runs overtime?
Ah, weddings… We understand that there may be factors beyond your control that cause you to run a little behind schedule (traffic jams, relatives-who-will-be-late-for-their-own-funeral, infants needing clothing changes…), so when booked for just the wedding ceremony (no reception afterwards) , we allow a free fifteen minute grace period. That means that if you are booked from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, and the postlude finishes at 6:15 pm, there is no additional charge. However, after that, overtime charges accrue for each quarter-hour (or portion thereof). If we are booked for another event immediately after yours, then we may have to leave after the grace period. In almost 20 years of playing for hundreds of weddings, we have never yet left an event before it finished, but we once did play the last 20 minutes as a flute-cello duet. (The limo bringing the bridal party to the wedding was almost an hour late, and the violinist had another engagement.)
What if I need to change the booking time? Or add a vocalist?
Just found out the vineyard can't start until a half-hour later than you thought? If it is at all possible to move the booking time, we will, please email as soon as you are sure.
In most cases, adding a vocalist will require a short rehearsal, typically just before the event. There is a small additional fee for the extra time. If we don't already have flute, violin, and cello parts for the accompaniment, either you could provide them, or you could request custom parts from our arranger. Important: Even if we already have parts, we need to know what key the vocalist needs a few weeks in advance of the booking, so we can ensure the parts are transposed if necessary.
Can the trio play my favorite piece even though it is a little unusual? I've been dreaming of it since I was 17.
If the music you've been dreaming of is not published for flute-violin-cello, our arranger can usually create parts for us that will capture the spirit of the music. Bear in mind that three classical instruments will not be quite the same sound as a rock band or a full orchestra - but it will be beautiful. The fee for a custom arrangement varies according to how much work is involved. If you're interested, email the title and composer and get a quote from us.