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Spring is in the Air

We had a late winter this year but the good news is Spring is almost here.  Spring and Fall are some of the best seasons to enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer.

Wedding season is kicking into high gear and we are excited to see how many brides want violin to be part of their wedding experience.

We would like to remind you that while violin is great for weddings, it is special for so many other occasions like a surprise party, wedding proposal, corporate event, etc!

Proper Violin Repair & Maintenance

“In my violin shop, I approach each repair or restoration as a unique work of art and carefully restore the craftsmanship and musical tone of each instrument.  I am an expert in exceptional varnish repair, known as retouching, using spirit and oil base varnish.   Recognizing the type of varnish the maker used is very important, this allows me to use the correct varnish when retouching an instrument”

“In my violin shop, I approach each repair or restoration as a unique work of art and carefully restore the craftsmanship and musical tone of each instrument.
I am an expert in exceptional varnish repair, known as retouching, using spirit and oil base varnish.
Recognizing the type of varnish the maker used is very important, this allows me to use the correct varnish when retouching an instrument”

When it comes time to repair or replace your violin, go to an expert like Juan Soto.

Juan Soto is a master craftsman and is here in Las Vegas.  Juan specializes in new and antique concert instruments, as well as students instruments.

Having worked under the famed string instrument master, Robert Cauer in Los Angeles for many years. Juan learned the necessary techniques for instrument repair and restoration. Many world-class soloist and players from major orchestras entrust their priceless instruments and bows to his talents.

He specializes in varnish and rehairs, and offers professional restoration & repair of violins, violas, cellos & bows.

Juan Soto

Juan Soto ~Professional Repair and Maintenance
(702) 272-8938
www.sotoviolins.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent “Wedding Wire” Reviews

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Maria Sandoval  08/12/2013

After the wedding, I didn’t get a chance to thank you.  My guest loved how you play violin!  It added the classy touch we wanted.  Again, Tatiana,  thank you so very much!

Olivia Arellano  07/09/13

I just wanted to send a thank you note for your services and help last weekend!  You were really fantastic and everyone loved your music!
We really appreciate you guys sharing in the special day!  Hope to cross paths again!

Maxine Abellanosa 01/14/13

Tatiana, thank you so much for being part of our day.  I made sure to stop and listen to the music.  I’ve heard so many brides say that they’re so nervous they never even hear the music. The Music was beautiful and just added so much to our day.  I hope you weren’t too cold! :).

Luiz Oliveia, Sambalatte Torrefazione 1.2.13

We are very fortunate to have Tatiana play for us on weekends. She adds a magic touch of class to the environment.

Kevin Nicolson 12/29/12

Terry, Finally getting a chance to go through emails, and we both wanted to thank you for everything you did.  Your level of service was exceptional, and really made our decision to choose Tatiana an easy one.  Everything worked out great.  Thanks so much, and we’ll definitely be putting up a great review for Tanya on Wedding Wire in another email.

Roxanne Gutierrez

10/12/12    Hello Terry-

I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, Please forgive me! I actually have been meaning to contact you and your Gorgeous wife to let you know that She did the most Awesome job……So many compliments from family and friends at my daughter Shawna’s wedding. Your wife was such a great addition to my daughters Big day. You can bet we will be recommending your wife for all occasions. Thanks again and please share this with The Star.

Stacey Milner
05/12/12  Tanya, my brides love you.  You are always a hit!  You are welcome to play at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club anytime.  We all enjoy you here!

With God’s blessing and my prayers. In His Service,
Father Krier
01.08.12  Terry, Thank you for the pictures. I will definitely recommend the families contacting you for those having weddings or Quinceaneras

Rachael Green
11.28.11   Hi Terry!  I just wanted to say thank you to Tanya and let her know how much I enjoyed her playing at my wedding.  I am sorry I didn’t get to thank her personally on my wedding day, but I wanted her to know that she helped make it special, and that my guests really enjoyed it!

Debbie Modoraski
10/21/2011    WOW! You blew away our guests with your violin playing.  Thank you for making our party so special.  BTW you should get some CD disks recorded to sell or give away.  Deb

Julie Springer
9/11/2011   Tatiana – We thank you for playing for us yesterday at Bellagio. Our amazing wedding was so much more thanks to your beautiful violin. I took violin in school – I wish I could play half as good as you! Tell Terry thank you for his help. You both were wonderful! Our best of luck to you. Julie

Tammy Jupello
8/1/2011 Our wedding this weekend was magical, thanks to you”! My other sister is getting married in Oct. After hearing you play at our wedding this weekend, she wants you to play violin at their wedding too! Can we get family discount? LOL

Alina Perkins
7/26/2011 Thank you so much for playing at our wedding! The ceremony was so sweet and tender because you added the special touch! Your music is amazing.
best wishes, Alina

Steven Deaner
7/7/2011 Tanya… Your music made our wedding the very best! Thank you so much for everything. Your passion and selection of music was perfect! You were the hit of the evening with everyone. Thanks again and best of luck. You are fantastic!   Steve and Sue

Brianna Deal
5/1/2011   Hi Tanya! We are getting married at the Artisan Hotel Boutique on September 10th, 2011 and we want to have a violin playing for the ceremony. I have a couple songs in mind. We would only need you for about a half hour – from 6 to 6:30 pm- can you please let me know if you are interested and available for that date and time.   Thanks in advance!!

What a wonderful world Tanya

Christmas in Russia

My people raise their voices and their fists to be heard this holiday in Russia to keep our new found freedoms alive.  Support the right of Russian people to honest elections~

During the Soviet Union, Christmas was not celebrated much. New Year was the important time.

Now Christmas is celebrated normally on the January 7th (only a few Catholics celebrate it on the 25th December). The date is different because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old 'Julian' calendar for religious celebration days. The official Christmas and New holidays in Russia lasts from 31st of December to the 10th of January.

The Russian Christmas greeting is 'S Rozhdestvom!'.

In Russia, our "Father Frost" is a character like Santa Claus.  He is usually accompanied by his Grandaugher the "Snow Maiden" or Snow Angel.  At New Years time "Ded Moroz" ( Father Frost) along with his helper, the Snow Angel, usually delivers presents to children in person. 

 The traditional greeting for Happy New Year is 'S Novym Godom'

The New Year celebrations are still very important to Russians (sometimes more than Christmas).

This is when –  'Father Frost' (known in Russian as 'Ded Moroz' or Дед Мороз) brings presents to children. He is always accompanied by his Grandaughter the Snow Angel (Snegurochka). On New Year's eve children hold hands, make a circle around the Christmas tree and call for Snegurochka or Ded Moroz. When they appear the star and other lights on the Christmas tree light up! Ded Moroz carries a big magic staff.

'Ded Moroz" is a symbol of Russian winter.  In my region near where I lived in Volgada is the  town of Veliky Ustyug in the Vologodsky Region of Northern Russia (approximately 500 miles northeast of Moscow) where in the dense forest sits the log cabin of Ded Moroz.  There, in Veliky Ustyug, Ded Moroz waits through the summer reading letters that kids from all over the country have written to him regarding the presents they wish to find under the New Year’s Tree the next January 1st.

 

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The story of Babushka

The story of Babushka is better known in Western Civilizations than in Russia.

Babushka means Grand Mother in Russian. This is the short story of an old women who met the Wise men on their way to see Jesus.

The Story of Babushka

Once in a small Russian town, there lived a women called Babushka. Babushka always had work to do sweeping, polishing, dusting and cleaning. Her house was the best kept, most tidy house in the whole village. Her garden was beautiful and her cooking was wonderful. One evening she was busy dusting and cleaning, so busy that she didn't hear all the villagers outside in the village square talking about and looking at the new star in sky.

She had heard about the new star but thought, 'All this fuss about a star! I don't even have the time to look because I'm so behind with my work. I must work all night!' So, she missed the star as it shone brightly, high overhead. She also missed the little line of twinkling lights coming down towards the village at dawn. She didn't hear the sounds of the pipes and drums. She missed the voices and whispers of the villagers wondering whether the lights were an army or a procession of some sort. She missed the sudden quiet of the villagers and even the footsteps coming up the path to her door. But the one thing that she couldn't miss was the loud knocking on her front door!

'Now what is that?' she wondered, opening the door. Babushka gaped in amazement. There were three kings at her door with one of their servants! 'My masters need a place to rest,' the servant said, 'and yours is the best house in the village.' 'You want to stay here?' asked Babushka. 'Yes, it would only be until night falls and the star appears again,' the servant replied. Babushka gulped. 'Come in, then,' she said.

The kings were very pleased when they saw all of the of the home-baked bread, pies and cakes. She dashed about, serving them, asking lots of questions. 'Have you come a long way?' 'A very long way,' sighed Caspar. 'Where are you going?' 'We're following the new star,' said Melchior. 'But where?' The kings didn't know, but they believed that it would lead the to a new-born king, a King of Earth and Heaven. 'Why don't you come with us?' asked Balthasar. 'You could bring him a gift like we do. I bring gold, and my colleagues bring spices and perfumes.' 'Oh, I'm not sure that he would welcome me,' said Babushka, 'and what could I bring for a gift? Toys! I know I could bring a toy. I've got a cupboard full of toys,' she said sadly. 'My baby son, died when he was small.' Balthasar stopped her as she went to tidy the kitchen up. 'This new king could be your king too. Come with us when the star appears tonight,' he said. 'I'll think about it,' sighed Babushka.

As the kings slept, Babushka tidied up as quietly as she could. 'What a lot of extra work there was!' she thought, 'and this new king, what a funny idea, to go off with the kings to find him.'

Babushka shook herself. There was no time for dreaming, all this washing-up and putting away had to be done. 'Anyway,' she thought, 'how long would she be away? What would she wear? What about the gift?' She sighed. 'There is so much to do. The house will have to be cleaned when they've gone. I couldn't just leave it.' Suddenly it was night-time again and the star was in the sky. 'Are you ready, Babushka?' asked Balthasar. 'I'll come tomorrow,' Babushka called, 'I must just tidy here first and find a gift.'

The kings went away sadly. Babushka ran back into her house, keen to get on with her work.

Finally, she went to the small cupboard, opened the door and gazed at all the toys. But they were very dusty. They weren't fit for a baby king. They would all need to be cleaned. She cleaned all of the toys until each one shined. Babushka looked through the window. It was morning! The star had came and gone. The kings would have found somewhere else to rest by now. She could easily catch them up, but she felt so tired. She had to sleep. The next thing she knew, she was awake and it was dark outside. She had slept all day! She quickly pulled on her cloak, packed the toys in a basket and ran down the path the kings had taken.

Everywhere she asked 'Have you seen the kings?' 'Oh yes,' everyone told her, 'we saw them. They went that way.' For day Babushka followed the trail of the kings and the villages got bigger and became towns. But Babushka never stopped. Then she came to a city. 'The palace,' she thought. 'That's where the royal baby would be born.' 'No, there is no royal baby here,' said the palace guard when she asked him. 'What about three kings?' asked Babushka. 'Oh yes, they came here, but they didn't stay long. They were soon on their journey.' 'But where to?' asked Babushka. 'Bethlehem, that was the place. I don't imagine why. It's a very poor place. That's where they went.' replied the guard. She set off towards Bethlehem. It was evening when Babushka arrived at Bethlehem and she had been travelling for a long time. She went into the local inn and asked about the kings. 'Oh yes,' said the landlord, 'the kings were here two days ago. They were very excited, but they didn't even stay the night.' 'And what about a baby?' Babushka cried. 'Yes there was.' Said the landlord. The kings asked about a baby, too.' When he saw the disappointment in Babushka's eyes, he stopped. 'If you'd like to see where the baby was,' he said quickly, 'it was across the yard there. I couldn't offer the couple anything better at the time. My inn was really full, so they had to go in the stable.'

Babushka followed him across the yard. 'Here's the stable,' he said. He left her in the stable. 'Babushka?' Someone was calling her from the doorway. He looked kindly at her. She wondered if he knew where the family had gone. She knew now that the baby king was the most important thing in the world to her. 'They have gone to Egypt, and safety,' he told Babushka. 'And the kings have returned to their countries. But one of them told me about you. I am sorry but you are too late. It was Jesus that they found, the world's Saviour.'

Babushka was very sad that she had missed Jesus and it is said that Babushka is still looking for him.

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