Classical

Want to add an elegant touch to your upcoming event? Our list of classical musicians can perform the classics to hit songs. 


Rebecca Zapen

Rebecca Zapen

Versatile violinist, vocalist, and songwriter Rebecca Zapen's first musical memory was that of sitting under the baby grand piano as a toddler, her ears filled by the sounds of her mother playing Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Her college years were filled with opera, orchestra, chamber music, and late night jazz jams. The journey continued to twist and unfold, rich in varied musical experiences: Tom Waits tunes via CB radio and Celtic harp, a four-year trip to the Old World in Klezmania, spoken word with eclectic folk, Gypsy jazz.

She walks her present path as a performer of range and depth: a classically-trained violinist, a jazz crooner/violinist in quartet ZapStar, and an award-winning songwriter/composer. Rebecca's dreamy, ethereal vocals swoon and sweep atop sublime melodies and infectiously charming lyrics, instantly hypnotic and effortlessly charming.

Accompanying herself on ukulele, guitar, and violin, and joined by double bass, string section, and dobro, Zapen's music is mellow, creative, happy, and smart.


Richard Stratton

Richard Stratton was born in Westfield, NJ but grew up in Atlanta, GA starting age nine. That’s when he began playing the guitar. He studied music at the University of Georgia, where he received his bachelor’s (1980, cum laude) and master’s degrees (1981) in music composition. He attended the doctoral program in music composition at the University of Iowa 1981-1984.

Besides being a freelance musician he worked as a jingle writer for regional midwestern radio advertisers (1982-84), owned a guitar store/school in Iowa City, Iowa (1984-1995) and a fine dining restaurant on Amelia Island Florida (2000-2003).

See Robert's Agent Friendly website for more information and to listen to a sample of his music.

Below is a list of Acts Available:

Jazz Trio

Richard Stratton - Guitar & Vocals
Billy Thornton - Upright Bass
Peter Miles - Drums

Jazz Quarter/Quintet

Richard Stratton - Guitar & Vocals
Barry Kelsey - Flute/Sax
Doug Matthews - Piano
Scott Smith - Upright Bass
Steve Clark - Drums

Solo Guitar & Vocals -Richard Stratton
Solo Classical Guitar - Richard Stratton

Guitar Trio

Richard Stratton
Dan Caraway
John Roberts


'Trio Dolce' & 'Duo Dolce'

Richard Stratton was born in Westfield, NJ but grew up in Atlanta, GA starting age nine. That’s when he began playing the guitar. He studied music at the University of Georgia, where he received his bachelor’s (1980, cum laude) and master’s degrees (1981) in music composition. He attended the doctoral program in music composition at the University of Iowa 1981-1984.

Besides being a freelance musician he worked as a jingle writer for regional midwestern radio advertisers (1982-84), owned a guitar store/school in Iowa City, Iowa (1984-1995) and a fine dining restaurant on Amelia Island Florida (2000-2003).

Visit Richard's Agent Friendly website and Hear A Sample Of His Music.

"Trio Dolce" Members

Richard Stratton - Guitar
Peggie Ealum - Flute
Kyle Wehner - Violin

"Duo Dolce" Members

Richard Stratton - Guitar
Peggie Ealum - Flute