The Chuo University Mandolin Club (CUMC) has given its 121 subscription concert on Dec. 25, 2021 as a streaming concert.
The mandolin orchestra was founded in 1939. From 1965 it was conducted by mandolinist and composer Seiichi Suzuki. The mandolin orchestra has played many premieres of compositions by Seiichi Suzuki and other Japanese composers. More information can find on the website of the CUMC.
The German Bundesjugendzupforchester – The Youth Mandolin Orchestra of Germany – had it’s third meeting in August 2021. The Bundesjugenzupforchester was founded in 2019 by three young mandolin players from Germany: Laura Engelmann, Charlotte Kaiser und Clara Weise
The orchestra is composed of the best young mandolin, mandola and guitar players in Germany. The orchestra is conduced by Lisa Hummel. After several days of hard work the orchestra played two concerts, the second concert was also streamed live at youtube and is available as a video on the youtube channel of the Bundesjugendzupforchester:
In the youtube channel you can as well find videos of the performances of the first two years.
The Program – Das Konzertprogramm 2021
The program of this year was dedicated to female composers, with the exception of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto. I have taken some screenshots from the performance video to illustrate my post.
Maria Anna Martinez (1744 – 1812) Continuo: Sophie Schlaubitz Sinfonie in C-Dur 1. Allegro con spirito 2. Andante ma non troppo 3. Allegro spirituoso
Kerstin Draken was awarded a special prize – the invitation to the Bundesjugendzupforchester and the performance of the mandolin concerto by Daigo Marumoto – for the best performance at the 2021 competition Jugend musiziert.
Clara Schumann (1819 – 1886) Bearbeitung: Lisa Hummel Drei Fugen über Themen von J. S. Bach 1. Fuge Es – Dur 2. Fuge E – Dur 3. Fuge g – Moll
Miwa Naito (* 1964) Okinawa – Suite Tagelied Matsuri Lullaby for Momo
Louise Farrenc (1804 – 1875) Bearbeitung: Christopher Grafschmidt Symphonie Nr. 1 op. 32 Andante sostenuto – Allegro
In February 2020 the 4th Mandolin Festival in Goa, India took place.
At the festival the Warna Girls Mandolin Orchestra performed two pieces. The orchestra is composed of 12 young girls playing mandolins. Some girls are playing chords, the other girls play the melodie and other parts. They performed without printed music.
Traditional Folk Song from Goa
Obviously this song is a popular song, the audience started to clap hands and sing with the orchestra. You can also see Carlo Aonzo in the audience. He was invited to this mandolin festival and gave workshops and played in several concerts.
In the second video the orchestra plays a piece that reminds me to “My love is blue”.