Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra – Since 1900 – Ragtime, Vivaldi, Fats Waller, La Traviata and Bach

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has continuously existed since 1900 – that’s more than 100 years. It is the longest existing mandolin orchestra in the USA and certainly one of the longest existing mandolin orchestras in the world. Early in the 20th century up to eight mandolin orchestras existed in Milwaukee, there were composers for mandolin orchestras and luthiers who built mandolins, mandolas and guitars. Today the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is the only one that has survived.

In recent years the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was very active again and this year the Classical Mandolin Society of America will hold the yearly convention in Milwaukee.

I have compiled a playlist of videos with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra below. On the youtube channel you can find the following short introduction video:

Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Introduction Video

Pictures from more than 100 years of Mandolin Music in Milwaukee

Playlist Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

Enjoy the playlist with Ragtimes, Fats Waller songs, musical and opera melodies and classical selections by Antonio Vivaldi or Johann Sebastian Bach!

 

Additional Information

Wilwaukee Mandolin Orchestra at youtube

Website Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

The Bonne Amie Musical Circle, under the performance name “Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (MMO),” is the oldest fretted-instrument music organization in the United States.

The Orchestra plays music arranged for 1st and 2nd mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, guitar, flute, mando-bass, percussion and voice. The MMO was organized in Milwaukee in 1900 and has been in continuous operation in this city since that time.

Led by Music Director Rene Izquierdo, the MMO’s repertoire centers on the best in traditional American mandolin orchestra music (waltzes, tangos, marches and polkas) plus light classical, modern, Italian and Latin numbers. We regularly perform our unique repertoire at music festivals and concert halls around Wisconsin and occasionally outside the State of Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra Plays On, 114 Years Later

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra has been making music since 1900. It is the oldest fretted instrument organization in the country.

In the 114 years of its existence, the orchestra has performed countless times – including twice on the very popular public radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

Summer Sound: Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra and The Painted Caves

But the 15 or so players in the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra—the number varies by performance based on players’ availability—don’t all play mandolins. According to manager (and mandolinist) Ruth Williams, the group also includes mandola, mando-cello, guitar, bass, and voice. At the farmers market this month, local baritone Rick Kieffer will sing a number of songs with the group.

Their repertoire, as you might expect from a group called the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, is mostly classical and traditional compositions written or arranged for mandolin orchestra. In particular, they’ll be playing some Italian pieces featuring Kieffer.

European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra (EGMYO) – Workshop and Concerts 2016

Last summer the EGMYO (European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra) has met in Germany for a workshop and two concerts.

The workshop was organized by the Bund Deutscher Zupfmusiker (German plucked strings association). Now a set of videos about the workshop and the concerts is available. The workshop took place from July 30 to August 8 in the European Academy Otzenhausen (EAO) in Saarland in Germany.

The participants were about 50 young mandolin and guitar players from whole Europe, from Portugal in the south to Scotland in the north of Europe.

EGMYO 2016 – The Movie presentsthe participants, the team, the accordion-soloist Daniel Roth, the organisation, the rehearsals and the program in detail. The composer Marcel Wengler explains his composition “Konstellationen” which some of the players named the most interesting composition of the program.

The second playlist EGMYO 2016 contains the complete videos of the final concert on August 7, 2016 which took place in the Academy in Otzenhausen. The concert from August 6 in Echternach is also availabe as a video.

The program was composed of some very interesting compositions for plucked strings orchestra, including two pieces with accordion solo.

  • Norbert Sprongl (1892-1983) – Tanz-Suite op.103
  • Marcel Wengler (*1946) – Konstellationen and Wedding Dance
  • Luigi Salamon – Latin Bridge
  • Kenji Suehiro (*1979) – Meteorshower
  • Hiromitsu Kagajo (*1961) – Black Out
  • Bernard van Beurden: 4 Movements for Accordion and Mandolin and Guitar
  • Astor Piazzolla: Oblivion for accordion ansd plucked strings orchestra
  • Dominik Hackner: Danza Cubana
  • Giuseppe Manente: Reverie du Poète (arr. Dominik Hackner)
  • Armin Kaufmann: Mitoka Dragomirna op.62 (arr Vinzenz Hladky)

 

Playliste EGMYO 2016 – The Movie

 

Playliste EGMYO 2016 – The Concert

This playlist contains videos of all the compositions performed at the final concert of the EGMYO (European Guitar and Mandolin Youth Orchestra) under conductor Dominik Hackner at the European Academy in Otzenhausen on September 7th, 2016.

Galakonzert Echternach (complete concert)

August 6th, 2016; Saint Peter and Paul Church (Echternach, Luxembourg)

EGMYO – More videos and videos of previous workshops 2006 / 2011 / 2012

 

Additional Information

The History of the EGMYO: Founded in 1998 by the European Guitar and Mandolin Association (EGMA). Past projects have taken the EGMYO to various countries: Germany (1998), Spain (1999, 2008, 2011), Italy (2000, 2007, 2009), Greece (2003, 2006), Luxemburg (2005), Croatia (2010, 2012) and France (2014
The Team:
Dominik Hackner – Sinzig (Germany), Conductor and overall artistic director, Conductor, composer and musical director of the Mülheimer Zupforchester, the LandesZupfOrchester NRW „fidium concentus“ and the Zupforchester Heimersheim. Vice-president of the BDZ.
Steffen Trekel – Hamburg (Germany), Mandolin 1 and Bandurria, tutor at the Hamburg Conservatoire and musical director of the German Federation of Plucked String Musicians.
Sebastiaan de Grebber – Zwolle (Netherlands), Mandolin 2 and Bandurria, musician and teacher at the ArtEZ Conservatoire in Zwolle.
Vincent Beer-Demander – Marseille(France), Mandola/Mandoloncello and Laúd, teacher formandolin at the Conservatoire Marseille and the Mandolin-Academy Marseille, composer and member of the CMF plectrum committee.
Prof. Stefan Jenzer – Freiburg, University of Music Saarbrücken (Germany) , guitar/double bass, and artistic director of the BZVS

The best videos from the German Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

The Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 is just over.

The Bluegrass Jamboree is organized every year by Rainer Zellner who is a mandolin player by himself and who joins the bands during the session at the end of each show with his Gibson F4.

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During three weeks the three bands made a tour through Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Videos were filmed at several concerts.

I have collected the videos that were made from the concerts in Munich, Berlin, Dreieich, Bischofsmühle, Stuhr and Waldkraiburg in my playlist.

Enjoy the

  • The Honey Dewdrops
  • The Truffle Valley Boys
  • The Goodbye Girls

 

Playliste Bluegrass Jamboree 2016

Details about the Bluegrass Jamboree 2016 (German):

Additional information:

Mandolin Mountain – A Concert in Estonia – Saku Mandolin Festival

Mandolin Mountain is a mandolin orchestra founded by Jouni Koskimäki from Finland. This year they were the main act for the Saku Mandolin Festival 2016. It’s fun to watch the group perform, as you can see from the following GIFs that I have created form some of the videos:

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Mandolin Mountain has played at the Eurofestivals of the BDZ in Bruchsal, they have played in Spain in 2015 and now this year in Estonia. I have met Jouni Koskimäki several times in Trossingen and in Bruchsal.

The mandolin scene in Estonia is making great efforts to make the mandolin more popular.

Playlist Mandolin Mountain Saku Mandolin Festival

 

 

Additional Information

Mandolin Mountain – Information

MANDOLIN MOUNTAIN, alias MaMo is a Mandolin Orchestra, which was founded in autumn 2007 at the Department of Music at the University of Jyväskylä. Such a large Mandolin Orchestra has previously been seen in Finland way back in the Thirties. MaMo is Finland’s biggest, most dynamic and most beautiful Orchestra concentrating on mandolin music – MaMo captures its audiences with skillful performances and tremendous stage charisma.

Website Jouni Koskimäki

Information about the Saku mandolin orchestra from Estonia:

We are an orchestra of 33 players from Saku, Estonia (Estland).
We organize an annual mandolin festival and give many concerts with different programs.
Our FB page:
The festival FB page:
You can find many videos by searching Youtube with Saku Mandoliinid.
Next summer we will perform together with Mandolinen Orchester Bayer Leverkusen.
Estonia has a strong mandolin tradition. Other orchestras active in Estonia:
Eesti Mandoliinide Orkester
Uhtna Mandoliinid
Tapa Mandoliiniorkester
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