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concert

40 Years Mülheimer Zupforchester – Anniversary Concert

The Mülheimer Zupforchestra is one of the best mandolin orchestras in Germany. The anniversary concert for 40 years has been filmed and is available as a youtube video.

The orchestra is conducted by Dominik Hackner.

The program included well known compositions like the suite Für Wolfgang by Leopold Mozart and the Song of the Japanese Autumn by Yasuo Kuwahara, but also many knew works and premieres.

Leopold Mozart (1719-1787) Für Wolfgang – Suite Nr. VIII d-Moll – (03:23) 1. Angloise 2. Menuett I 3. Fantasia 4. Menuett II 5. Mourqui

Owen Hartford (ca. *1950) Urban Sketches – (11:18) 1. Circuits 2. Underground 3. Walk About 4. Fast Lane

Jürgen Klose (*1946) Summertrip für Zupforchester – (19:47) 1. Rondo 2. Ostinato 3. Tatry

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) HELLAS – Suite alla greca – (34:05) „Für meine Zupferfamilie, das Mülheimer Zupforchester, zum 40-jährigen Bestehen“ I. Hymnos II. Syrtaki III. Zeimbekiko IV. Kalamatianos URAUFFÜHRUNG Dirigent: Karsten Richter

PAUSE

Aris Alexander Blettenberg (*1994) und Dominik Hackner (*1968) Suite aus der Zaubermandoline – (46:36)

Dominik Hackner (*1968) Asrael – (55:31) op. 69 URAUFFÜHRUNG

Stefan Hippe (*1966) SMS zum Jubilee – (1:06:11) „Dem Mülheimer Zupforchester zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum 2020 und Dominik Hackner eine SMS (Short Music Story)“ URAUFFÜHRUNG

Yasuo Kuwahara (*1946) Song of Japanese Autumn (Shoshu-no-Uta) – (1:09:47)

ZUGABEN – (1:23:30)


Some pieces from the concert are also available as single youtube videos.

More information about the orchestra and its activities can be found on the website of the orchestra.

choro

East Coast Mandolin Orchestra with Marilyn Mair

New videos from a concert of the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra have been published on youtube. The concert “Brazilian Journey” was given on May 15, 2022 at Gratz College, in Elkins Park, PA.

The concert included performances by Marilynn Mair with Paul Dressel (guitar), the Marilynn Mair’s Choro Ensemble and the East Coast Mandolin Chamber Ensemble.

A nice selection of Choro music!

The East Coast Mandolin Orchestra performs “Choro das Estrelas”
East Coast Mandolin Chamber Ensemble performs “Lamentos”
Marilynn Mair and Paul Dressel perform Eu Quero Sossego
Marilynn Mair’s Choro Ensemble performs Three Choros

About the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra
The East Coast Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra is the brainchild of Mr. Mark Linkins, who currently serves as the Music Director of both the Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA and the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra in Baltimore MD.

A Celebration of Brazilian Mandolin Music 2022 – A Celebration of Brazilian Mandolin Music
The 46 member ECMO will return in 2022 after two seasons of isolation and will feature an all-Brazilian program, with works by Hector Villa-Lobos and Antonio Carlos Jobim and guest starring Marilynn Mair, accomplished master of the choro style.

More videos of this concert can be found in the youtube channel brunomandos.

composer

Eugenio Giudici – Works for Mandolin Orchestra

Eugenio Giudici was an Italian composer for mandolin orchestra.

Four compositions for mandolin orchestra by Eugenio Giudici can be found in the Nakano collection:

Madrigale per Mandoloncello e Orchestra a Plettro

Marcia Sinfonica

Partita a Scacchi – Gavotta

Serenata Veneziana

I have found several videos of the compositions by Eugenio Giudici and compiled a playlist.

Playlist Eugenio Giudici

history

The Oldest Mandolin Orchestras – Worldwide (Paul Ruppa)

Paul Ruppa has written the following article for the Mandolin Journal of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA). To make this article available for the mandolin community he asked me to publish it in my blog.


Using the internet three years ago, I began to build a list of the oldest active mandolin orchestras around the world.  Initially, because I did not know the best way to search for the relevant information, the results were not very good. Even asking friends outside the United States for the names of the oldest active orchestras in their homelands was not very successful. After several years of starts and stops in the research, the list included only about thirty names.

With some time on my hands in 2020, expanding the list of the world’s oldest mandolin orchestras seemed like a timely and important project. A motivating factor behind the project was the fact that my group, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra was a well-documented 120 years old. It seemed unlikely that a mandolin orchestra in the Dairy State could be the home of the oldest such ensemble in the world. Thanks to generous members of the internet’s mandolin community, we now know that there are at least a half dozen similar and older groups in Europe and many others with long histories.

The project took off on the “Mandolin World” Facebook page with a call for information about active mandolin ensembles that formed prior to 1971. There were a surprising number of responses. One of the best parts of the exercise was finding how much mandolin history has been made by devoted amateur, fretted-instrument players worldwide.

There were just 33 pre-1971 entries on the list when the project went online. In a few weeks, with the help of mandolin enthusiasts on the internet, 103 qualifying mandolin organizations were identified. In an attempt to make the list more readable, I set arbitrary milestones at 100, 50 and 30 years.

  • 36 orchestras were at least 100 years old, two in that group had a tradition going backas far as 135 years.
  • 53 in the next grouping were at least 50 years old and five began as early as 1922 (99 years ago)
  • 14 active mandolin orchestras that started operating before 1971 provided start dates between 30 and 49 years ago.
Current list of the oldest 100 year old mandolin orchestras

Mandolin orchestras from sixteen different countries were represented in the results of this project.

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