At last there is an ensemble as sophisticated and with as much character and variety as San Francisco itself. From their elegant gowns, white ties and tails, to their extensive repertoire from Classical to Motown and beyond, the musicians of the Golden Gate Strings are unsurpassed. Come and hear the Golden Gate Strings and see how this exciting new ensemble can add incomparable elegance to receptions, fundraisers, weddings and corporate events.
Golden Gate Strings was created in 2004 by longtime San Francisco musician, Su Buchignani. Over the years, she has seen the return to elegance in Bay Area events and realized that San Francisco deserved a musical group to complement this renewed elegance. Assembling an extraordinary ensemble of concertmasters and principal players from the greater Bay Area’s finest symphony orchestras and creating exclusive arrangements for the ensemble in many styles from Classical to R & B, Motown and well beyond, Golden Gate Strings was born.
The Golden Gate Sound is truly unique. Unlike any ensemble in Northern California, the group is equally at home performing a full Classical concert or stretching out with Motown on the steps of the rotunda of San Francisco City Hall. Nowhere else can you find a group whose song list extends from Vivaldi’s Spring to I Heard It Through The Grapevine with scores of selections in between.
In the few short months since its inception, Golden Gate Strings has created quite a stir and the respect of both agents and clients. The ensemble has performed as a classical string orchestra for the 2005 National Convocation of the American College of Physicians, as a popular group for 2000 guests of Accenture at San Francisco City Hall, for a fairy tale wedding and more. Each performance is uniquely designed to reflect the client’s individual taste and style.
No other string ensemble can offer Golden Gate Strings’ variety of styles and quality of arrangements. In addition to a full repertoire of Classical favorites, the ensemble performs scores of exclusive arrangements of R & B, Motown, Funk, Jazz, Musical Theater, Movie Themes and Pop favorites. Each piece is carefully selected and arranged to capture its authentic style and to feature the group’s virtuosity. We are constantly adding selections in response to our clients’ requests and custom arrangements are available for special theme events.
BEATLES – Eleanor Rigby, Day Tripper, She’s Leaving Home, Penny Lane, Good Day Sunshine, With A Little Help From My Friends, Yesterday, She’s A Woman, Something, Let It Be, Here There And Everywhere, Drive My Car, Get Back, Got To Get You Back In My Life, Oh Darlin, Money (That’s What I Want), (They Say) It’s Your Birthday
MOTOWN, FUNK, R & B – You Really Got A Hold On Me, My Girl, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Good Good Lovin’, Night Train, At Last, Play That Funky Music White Boy, Killin’ Floor, Pick Up The Pieces, Take Me To The River, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Walkin’ The Dog, Tell It Like It Is, Spinnin’ Wheel
CLASSIC ROCK – Nights In White Satin, Heart Of Rock And Roll, White Rabbit, Born To Be Wild, Whiter Shade Of Pale, Truckin’, Summer In The City, Old Time Rock And Roll, Pretty Woman, I Only Have Eyes For You, Memphis Tennessee, Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown, Lucille, Blue Velvet
LATIN HITS – Libertango, Gitarra Romana, Brisas Portenas, Jalousie, Siboney, Habanera from Carmen, Overture to Carmen, Quando Quando, El Choclo
MOVIE THEMES AND SHOW TUNES- Gone With The Wind, Laura, The Magnificent Seven, Gigi, The Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Unchained Melody (Ghost), Moon River (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), Cry Me A River (The Girl Can’t Help It), Bring Him Home (Les Miserables), All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera), Masquerade (Phantom of the Opera), I Do I Do I Do (Mamma Mia), When You Wish Upon A Star (Pinnochio), Masquerade (Phantom of the Opera) All I Ask Of You (Phantom of the Opera), A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes, Cavatina (The Deer Hunter), Gigi, The Godfather Waltz, Think Of Me (Phantom Of The Opera)
EASY LISTENING – All The Way, It Had To Be You, Con te partiro, You Send Me, What A Wonderful World, Georgia On My Mind, Blue Velvet, All I Ask Of You, I Left My Heart In San Francisco, All The Things You Are, Misty, My Funny Valentine, Isn’t It Romantic, Brindisi (Drinking Song), And The Angels Sing, Heart And Soul, Shadow Waltz, Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Summertime, Splash Galop, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Skaters Waltz, Palladio, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Way You Look Tonight
Plus scores of Classical favorites.