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Carlo Aonzo with the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra

By Mandolin Cafe
February 25, 2010 - 1:00 pm

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Elena Buttiero and Carlo Aonzo

Elena Buttiero and Carlo Aonzo

Pittsburg, Pa. — The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society in cooperation with the Duquesne University Center for International Relations and the Honorary Consulate of Italy of Pittsburgh will present a concert featuring Carlo Aonzo, mandolin virtuoso from Savona, Italy, and Elena Buttiero, renowned Italian pianist. The concert will be at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at The Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig Street (at 5th Avenue).

Also performing will be the 40-piece Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra conducted by Charley Rappaport. A reception will follow the concert in the Assembly Room of the Synod Hall.

Tickets are $15 ($12 with Student ID). On Sunday, March 14, Carlo Aonzo will present a Musical Workshop, which is open to everyone from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. at The Allegheny Elks Lodge, 400 Cedar Avenue, Pittsburgh, in the Northside. Admission $25. For tickets to both the concert and the workshop call (412) 257-0670. Tickets are also available at Acoustic Music Works, 2142 Murray Ave. in quirel Hill, (412) 422-0710 and at the door.

Carlo Aonzo has received world-wide acclaim for his interpretations of Italian and Classical mandolin repertoire and has just released a new CD with Elena Buttiero entitled Fantasia Poetica - The Italian Romantic Mandolin. He performs regularly in Europe and the United States, where he has established himself as a principal proponent of the classical mandolin. He was the winner of the 27th Annual Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas, in 1997. He also teaches each year at the Steve Kaufman Bluegrass Camp in Tennessee. Elena Buttiero has also appeared throughout Europe on the concert stage and on radio to rave revues.

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra was founded in 2002 and has appeared widely in the Pittsburgh Region. It is made up of mandolin family instruments including mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and includes guitars, woodwinds and percussion. Vocal soloist Gary Burdick will be featured in renditions of Neapolitan songs and the orchestra will play unique arrangements of Italian folk music and light classical music. The PMO has a CD entitled The March, released in 2004.

Additional information:
Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra
Carlo Aonzo
Carlo and Elena on MySpace


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