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Sonatina String Trio/Duocleveland wedding strings

By Leigh

On 22, Oct 2014 | In | By Leigh

Sonatina String Trio/Duo

The Sonatina Strings are available as a trio or as The Sapphire Duo, consisting of flute/violin or cello/violin. Each ensemble provides beautiful music from a wide repertoire stretching from Classical to Contemporary, and will honor most requests.

The groups are founded by violinist Mary Beth Ions. Mary Beth plays in the Opera Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Orchestra, RED {an orchestra}, and Playhouse Square productions of touring Broadway shows, such as Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, and South Pacific.

Mary Beth has also created an educational program, Violin-Up Close and Personal, for schools and parties. In the program she reviews the history and makeup of violins from the wood to the bow and its strings. She takes her audience through the ages of the violin from Bach to present day violins in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller and back-up music for American Idols like Clay Aiken.

  • Celebration: 80th Birthday Party

    Mary Beth was versatile and great as usual. Reading the audience she kept everyone’s interest and even in some sing alongs all participated. Applause was overwhelming …

    Stanley F. Koss
    Jul 28, 2019
    Red Tail Golf Club in Avon, Nagel Road

    Excellent experience with Cleveland Music Group

    Cleveland Music Group was easy to work with, trustworthy, and responsible. Sonata Strings Trio for ceremony and Jonathan Hooper on piano for cocktail hour were beautiful. DJ Dan Cormier made Brian and I feel very involved in the music selection process and honored our recommendations during the wedding reception. Dan even provided us with a CD of our musical selections as a keepsake. Would definitely recommend CMG to others for their events!

    Jenna Mastrobuono and Brian Daugherty
    Jan 12, 2019
    Union Club


    Sonata Strings did an amazing job at our son’s wedding. The guests said it was the best sound and music they have heard at a wedding. Thanks to Scott for organizing everything. Cleveland Music Group is the best Cleveland can offer for music. We have used them several times.

    Diane Preston
    Sep 24, 2016
    St. Angela Merici Catholic Church

    Mary Beth Ions is personable, energetic and talented. What a combination in an entertainer!

    Cudell Events LLC
    Jun 16, 2012
    Clifton Arts Festival

    The Sapphire Duo’s violin + cello music was the perfect touch for our romantic outdoor wedding. DJ DC (Dan Cormier) did a great job hosting the reception party as both DJ and emcee. He took great care to properly pronounce everyone’s name, and with my family that is no easy task!

    Eric Pecherkiewicz & Kaitlyn Kline
    Jun 16, 2012

    From ceremony music, to the cocktail hour and reception all artists exceeded expectations and made our wedding absolutely perfect!!!

    Janna Lyman & Chase Vlad
    Sep 4, 2011
    Marriott Key Center

    Sapphire Duo did an amazing job at our wedding. The music was fantastic and the musicians were professional.

    Ronnica Dull & David Fenstermaker
    Jun 19, 2010
    Thorncreek Winery

    Thanks to you and the rest of the ensemble. We received several compliments about the beautiful music. Thanks for making our wedding ceremony so special.

    Gerry & Jenny Muloney
    Dec 20, 2008
    Glidden House

    The music was wonderful, and Mary Beth was great to work with. After speaking with her before the wedding, we knew everything was going to be great with no problems.

    Eric & Karen (Faulkner) Rumley
    Jul 25, 2008
    Sheraton Suites Cuyahoga Falls