Included as a feature article in the Summer 2003 issue of New York Observer:
“The summer always makes you think of festive parties and nothing makes a celebration more vivacious than the STARLIGHT ORCHESTRAS under the stars in the Hamptons. Valerie Romanoff, founder/CEO, and her bevy of glamorous bandleaders, have raised the bar in evening enterainment. THe Starlight women have tapped into the zeitgeist and brought their ochestras to the top of the New York social scene. Starlight had entertained for some of society’s most exciting events, including: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrity-studded wedding; private parties for entertainment mogul Clive Davis and singer Jon Bon Jovi; and many Fortune 500 companies at corporate events for Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Citibank, among others. Whether for a wedding, charity ball, gala or Bar Mitzvah, Starlight will deliver the dazzle that makes any event shine.”
Included in the Rush and Molloy section of Daily News, September 18, 2003
“Meanwhile, the rumor spread yesterday that Affleck’s former flame Gwyneth Paltrow might wed Coldplay rocker Chris Martin this weekend on Long Island, But friends say Gwynnie is attending the wedding of Julia Cuddihy, her buddy since their days at the Spence School. Gwyn is springing for the band, Starlight Orchestra.
Included in an In Style Magazine article covering the Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones wedding:
“Afterward, guest could enjoy cocktails and admire the 10-tier cake on display in the foyer until horns called everyone into the Grand Ballroom, where the Starlight Orchestra was playing. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Douglas were introduced, and then came a surprise: Gladys Knight performed “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” for their first dance, “The Way We Were” for a dance with their parents, and then four other favorites.”
Included in an article on the City Harvest Annual Gala of New York Social Diary:
“Harrison Ford was honored… He was there with Calista Flockhart. Ford has been giving his time to City Harvest in the past year and a half. Whoopi Goldberg is another dedicated supporter. The Starlight Orchestra is another big production, a show in itself. Musicians with a quartet of vocalists performing and doing backup for a series of singers who do everything from Sinatra to hard disco and do it well, really well. The dance floor was jammed, the joint was jumping.”
In a feature article and interview on wedding music, 2004 issue of Wedding Style Magazine:
“A band that gets family and friends up and dancing will be fondly recalled for a lifetime,” says Michael Lerich of the Chicago-based Michael Lerich Orchestra.
“The success of an event, and what makes a good bandleader, is being able to create an event with balanaced components,” agrees Valerie Romanoff, CEO of Starlight Orchestras in New York City. Of course, crowd appeal can’t be judged completely in advance. “It’s also intuitive reading, like poetry in motion as the event unfolds”, says Romanoff. “It’s not a concert; it’s interactive, a give-and-take between what the orchestra is putting out and what people will respond to”.
In a feature article by David Patrick Columbia’s in Quest Magazine:
Then one day a friend of mine invited me to lunch at Michael’s with a woman named Valerie Romanoff who had her own orchestra…called The Starlight Orchestras. Oh. Okay.
Now the Starlight Orchestra is doing business with some of the biggest names in New York, indeed, and in the country. They played for the Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ wedding, at private parties for Clive Davis and Bon Jovi, for many Fortune 500 companies including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup as well as charity galas such as City Harvest, Princess Grace Foundation and Society for Memorial-Sloan Kettering.
Included in the Wedding Special Index in the February 2004 issue of VOGUE magazine as one of the best bands in the country.