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2010 CMSA Convention

By Martin Stillion - Seattle Mandolin Orchestra
August 11, 2010 - 8:30 am

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2010 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention, hosted by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

2010 Classical Mandolin Society of America Convention, hosted by the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Seattle, Wash. — The Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA) presents its 2010 Annual Convention, Oct. 13-17, at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 S. 176th St., Seattle. In addition to public concerts, the convention features workshops, vendors, a raffle, a playing contest, a gala banquet and other activities for participants.

Dedicated to promoting mandolin ensemble music in America, the CMSA represents members of more than 60 performing groups in the United States and Canada.

Guest artists:

A virtuoso whose playing is as imaginative and adventurous as it is technically thrilling, Mike Marshall swings gracefully from jazz to classical to bluegrass to Latin styles, putting his own stamp on everything he plays with an unusually potent blend of intellect, humor and emotion. He has performed and recorded with many of the top names in acoustic music, including David Grisman, Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Chris Thile, Stephane Grappelli, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Darol Anger and classical violin virtuoso Joshua Bell. He recently released an album of classical duets with German mandolin virtuosa Catarina Lichtenberg. Among his many achievements, Marshall founded the Modern Mandolin Quartet, which released four recordings for Windham Hill Records and received a "Meet the Composer" grant from the Lila Wallace Foundation. He also established the prestigious annual Mandolin Symposium at the University of California in Santa Cruz, where five of the greatest mandolinists teach over 150 mandolin students from around the world.

Chris Acquavella studied classical mandolin with British virtuosa Alison Stephens at Trinity College of Music in London, graduating with First Class Honors. He won the Wolfsan Foundation Music Award in 2004 and was awarded the TCM Trust Silver Medal for String Studies in 2006. He has performed at major venues across the UK, Europe and America both in a solo and chamber music capacity. He currently performs with guitarist Nathan Jarrell in Duo LaRè, a chamber music project blending classical and jazz sensibilities. Chris's career has covered a wide range of musical styles, including several years as a bass guitarist in a hardcore punk rock band. He has performed with Blackheath Halls Orchestra (UK), Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), Trinity String Ensemble (UK), E.G.M.A. (DE), New City Sinfonia (USA), Cashel Entertainment (USA) and the San Diego Symphony (USA). Chris is also a guitar/mandolin instructor at Old Time Music in San Diego and Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad and will lead the convention's Mandolin Instructors Workshop.

Bulgaria's rich musical traditions meet Germany's cutting-edge mandolin technique in the Seasons Quartet. Founded in 1996, the quartet (Joanna Dimitrova and Evdokia Bobotsova, mandolins; Nikolaj Petrov, mandola; Slavcho Nikolov, guitar) plays everything from Vivaldi and Mozart to new works. They have performed across Europe and Japan, appeared in two specials on Bulgarian national TV and captured festival prizes in Spain and Croatia. In 2009 the group released its second recording, A Story for the Balkan Mountains, about which The Mandolin Journal raved: "The best programmed classical mandolin CD that I have ever heard... captures the pure vibrant essence of a classical mandolin quartet performing contemporary literature." Seasons will make their American debut at the CMSA 2010 convention.

A Board member of the Classical Mandolin Society of America, John Goodin is a librarian and associate professor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has played guitar and mandolin in a variety of styles since shortly after seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show, and has tirelessly promoted the mandolin as a researcher, composer and journalist. John's mandolin orchestra compositions have been performed around the world and recorded in Germany, Australia, Greece and the United States. He performs with Contratopia, an Upper Midwest contra dance band, and is the author of Blueberries to Boston, a collection of original fiddle tunes, published by Plucked String, Inc. John is the Composer in Residence at the 2010 convention.

Jim Bates is director of orchestral activities and an assistant professor of music at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. Formerly the music director of the Louisville, Ky. Youth Orchestras, Jim co-directs the summer Junior Orchestra program and Junior String Institute at Interlochen Center for the Arts. In addition, he is assistant conductor and principal bassist of the Westerville Symphony, as well as an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor in 13 states. Jim is a member of The Early Interval, Columbus' professional early music performance ensemble. He holds a bachelor's degree in musical education from the University of Louisville, a master's in double bass performance from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Kentucky. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of the Classical Mandolin Society of America. He will conduct the convention's En Masse Orchestra of more than 120 mandolin-family instruments.

Public concerts

Thurs., Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. Mandolin Orchestras over Lunch Free
Fri., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m. Mike Marshall, Duo LaRè, Seasons Quartet $15
Sat., Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. Mike Marshall, Duo LaRè, Seasons Quartet, En Masse Orchestra $15

The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra serves as the host for this year's convention. Founded in 1968, the orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing America's mandolin ensemble tradition. Featuring the entire mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass, the group performs throughout the Seattle area. Its repertoire encompasses classical, folk and international selections. Mandolin players of all skill levels are welcome to join.

To register or for more information:
Classical Mandolin Society of America
Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

Click map pin for directions to the Seattle Airport Marriott, 3201 S. 176th St., Seattle, Washington.


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