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The Ciao Philadelphia Mandolin Orchestra Performs Music from Classic…

For the forth edition of Ciao Philadelphia a big mandolin orchestra played a concert dedicated to the music of classic Italian films. Videos form this concert are now available at youtube.

The following video is a compilation of the best melodies from the concert:

Members from 10 mandolin and guitar orchestras from across Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Washington DC gathered to form the 60-piece Ciao Philadelphia Mandolin Orchestra. The ensemble prepared and performed a program of music from classic Italian films. On Nov. 5, 2017, the orchestra, under the direction of Mark Linkins, performed to a packed house at the Rotwitt Theater on the campus of Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. The orchestra shared the program with renown Italian mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and his trio (including Lorenzo Piccone, guitar, and Luciano Puppo, bass). They performed works from their CD “A Mandolin Journey.” Photo credits: Chris Swisher.

Playlist Ciao Philadelphia Mandolin Orchestra

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Greater Philadelphia boasts one of the largest, and most accomplished, Italian-American communities in the United States. The birthplace of the United States of America, Philadelphia is a city deeply connected to Italian values and the Italian way of life, exemplified by the rich universities, museums, art centers, and neighborhoods and contributions of Italian Heritage. I am proud to announce that the Consulate General of Italy – in partnership with area civic, academic, cultural and business leaders – is launching the fourth edition of Ciao Philadelphia in October 2017 after the success of its previous editions in 2016, 2015, and 2014.


Bobby Osborne “Original” – A Great Bluegrass CD by…

Bobby Osborne has recorded his new CD “Original” at an age of 85. When I listened to this album I was immediatly fascinated by the songs and arrangements. The album has been made available as streaming on the website The Bluegrass Situation.

The CD was produced by Alison Brown. The project has been supported by the FreshGrass Foundation. Without this support this recording would not have been possible. Bobby Osborne was joined by several younger musicians:

The new album features an all star cast of pickers and singers collaborating with Bobby on an eclectic set of songs. Relative newcomers Sierra Hull and Trey Hensley team up with stalwarts Stuart Duncan and Todd Phillips on grass’d up versions of Paint Your Wagon’s “They Call The Wind Maria” and the Bee Gees’ “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” The never before recorded Darrell Scott song “Kentucky Morning,” featuring Rob Ickes, gives a nod to Bobby’s heritage while the cover of “Make the World Go Away” with the lush twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs evokes Music Row circa 1962. Bobby’s touring band the Rocky Top X-Press, with sons Wynn, Robby and Bobby Osborne Jr., deliver an updated version of the Osborne Brothers’ classic “Pathway of Teardrops” while Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, together with Josh Williams and Missy Raines, collaborate on a version of the obscure Mel Tillis song “Goodbye Wheeling.” Additional performers include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury, Darrell Scott, David Mayfield, Molly Tuttle, Bryan McDowell, and Kenny Malone.

For the recording Bobby Osborne made his very first music video, a great video that presents all the other artists of this project.

Playliste Bobby Osborne – Original – Konzerte

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You can stream the album  “Original” by Bobby Osborne on the website The Bluegrass Situation:

Now 85, Bobby Osborne recently shot a music video — his first — for “Message,” the album’s lead single. In the video, he’s dressed in a pinstripe suit and strumming his mandolin while flanked by an all-star band of bluegrass musicians who played on the song, including Brown, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Claire Lynch, Todd Phillips and Rob Ickes.

You can buy the album from Amazon (Partnerlink)

Original – Bobby Osborne

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Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory – Piazzolla,…

I have recently discovered the domra and guitar duet 9 String Theory from Atlanta, USA. They have just gievn an interview to present their next concert. It is available on the website of WABE

9 String Theory is not just a catchy name but also a straightforward calculation. It’s a musical duo featuring Angelina Galashenkova on the domra, which has three strings, and John Huston on classical guitar, which has six strings.

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9 String Theory

Playlist 9 String Theory – Domra and Classical Guitar


  • Romanian Folk Dances (Bela Bartok)
  • Sonata (Nicolo Paganini)
  • Libertango, Cafe, Bordello 1900 (Astor Piazzolla)
  • Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos)
  • Liebesfreud (G. Kreisler)
  • Czardasz
  • Sonata (Scarlatti)

Enjoy the Domra and Guitar Duo 9 String Theory!

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“The highest open string on the guitar is the lowest note on the domra,” Huston said. “It lends itself as an expanded guitar or the guitar a very deep and harmonized domra.”

Galashenkova and Huston released a self-titled CD, which features tradition Russian folk songs, Manuel de Falla, George Gershwin, Béla Bartók and several pieces by Astor Piazzolla.


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Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra – Since 1900 – Ragtime, Vivaldi,…

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!

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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.