The Cassini Ensemble is a talented and exciting chamber music group, which meets with wide acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Founded in 1979 by violinist Maria Smith and violist John Madison, the ensemble features a diverse repertoire with instrumentation ranging from duo to chamber orchestra. In addition to it's concert series in Ann Arbor, the Cassini Ensemble has toured throughout the Midwest as a piano quartet and has appeared at the Cape May (NJ) Music Festival, The Cayman International Music Festival and the Lancaster (OH) Music festival. Cassini collaborations have included performances with Sesame Street's Bob McGrath, the Co!la Family Marionettes (from Milan Italy), the Dayton Ballet and numerous composers. The Cassini Ensemble received a 1992 "Annie Award" from the Washtenaw Council for the Arts recognizing their performances, their interpretation of the music of Johannes Brahms and their commitment to exciting new works
The Cassini Ensemble, as string duo, string trio or string quartet is available for weddings, wedding receptions and various types of private affairs.
The members of The Cassini Ensemble are professional musicians that perform regularly with The Michigan Opera Theatre, The Detroit Symphony and The Toledo Symphony, and are committed to the highest quality performances.