Hiring a string quartet to play outdoors in Colorado can be a bit risky. String instruments are very expensive and often very old wood. They cannot be exposed to cold, heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Even though we play many events outdoors occasionally we must move indoors due to weather conditions. We ask that every outdoor event have an indoor back up plan. Some events are moved entirely indoors. On some occasions, a last-minute decision will be made to have part of the event outdoors even though the conditions are not safe for the string instruments. We would still not to be indoors. We recently played an event in Denver where a last minute decision was made to have the wedding ceremony outside. The temperature was 30 degrees and dangerous to our instruments. We were able to set up in the reception hall and use microphones to broadcast our music to the freezing crowd outside.
We want your event to be amazing! To avoid the "October Surprise" we have come up with some guidelines:
1. The temperature at performance time must be between 60F and 95F.
2. The group must be fully in the shade and protected from any rain, snow, sleet, etc.
3. The performers will sit on chairs on a flat, dry, surface
4. A back-up space will be provided in the event of bad weather
Keep in mind that the weather in Colorado changes quickly and can greatly affect your outdoor event.
There is a risk. You will need a back up plan!