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Welcome to the 42nd Street Quartet web site!  We are a string quartet and a string trio.  The quartet is composed of two violins, one viola, and one cello.  The trio is one violin, one viola, and one cello.

Our members are Jackie Stanek, violin; Benjamin Munson, Violin and Viola; Donald Sieberns, Violin and Viola; and Esther Boatman, Cello. Our members are highly qualified, experienced, professional musicians, based in Des Moines, Iowa, and active in various musical groups in the area.  We are all current or former members of the Des Moines Symphony and have played together as a string quartet for over 12 years.

We are available for many of your special occasions.  Our experience includes complete ceremony music for many weddings plus dinners, receptions, and funerals. 

Our large music library contains music appropriate for various occasions and includes classical, popular, and holiday music.  We can help you to select music for your special event.

If you want music for a wedding ceremony, check out our Wedding Music.  If you need help deciding what music to use, look at our Wedding Planner

If you are looking for music for a holiday party, the Holiday Music page should give you some ideas.  And if you want something special for a cocktail party or dinner, look at the Classical Music and Popular Music pages.  For other music not in one of these categories, check out the Ethnic page.

Not everything is listed, so don't be discouraged if you don't see the piece that you just can't get married without!  We may have it but just don't have it listed on this web site.  And if we don't have it, we may be able to get it. 

The Frequently Asked Questions section answers questions that we get asked a lot.  Please contact us, either by phone or email, with other questions.

Client comments:

"Thank you for Saturday!! The music was lovely and I got nothing but great comments about the string quartet from everyone and how it was elegant and very nice. .  .  . Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys are truly amazing.
     - Jennifer

"We were extremely pleased.  The Quartet did an outstanding job at our wedding and made the event unique and memorable.  Thanks for your great communication and assistance with music selection.  I only wish I had hired you to play longer through the entire reception."     - Lana & Shawn

"The music was fantastic.  We appreciated your professionalism.  Thanks for being a part of our special day!"     -Tim

"Thank you for bringing the music of our wedding dreams to a reality.  It was beautiful."     -Lindi & Ben

"Just wanted to thank you.  Everything was beautiful.  It was worth every penny!"     - Avery

"Thanks for the beautiful music.  It set just the right tone."     - Marty

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