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Mike Marshall & Darol Anger to Appear with Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra

By Patricia Tanner
April 7, 2004 - 7:00 pm

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(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Mike Marshall/Darol Anger and The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra will take the stage at the Carnegie Lecture Hall on April 17, 8PM, for an evening of exploratory fiddling and neo-classical mandolin and guitar.

Marshall and Anger have been charting new paths in acoustic music for over 20 years, in the David Grisman Quintet, the jazz-oriented Turtle Island String Quartet, the Grammy-nominated folk-jazz group The Montreux Band, and such "Chambergrass" groups as Newgrange and Psychograss. They have also shared stages with everyone from Bela Fleck to Bonnie Raitt to String Cheese Incident.

Having developed an instrumental fusion of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and jam-band music, Mike Marshall and Darol Anger have for years been on the forefront of the most influential new acoustic music. They have reinvented string-band music, crossing the lines between jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. Dirty Linen Magazine says, "(They) tread in that somewhat dangerous genre-bending territory twixt bluegrass and jazz, tiptoeing just into classical. They breathe fresh life into music with enthusiastic virtuosity."

Opening act for Mike Marshall and Darol Anger is the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra, founded in the fall of 2002 by mandolinist Alan Epstein. Starting with a handful of players, the group has now grown to an orchestra of over twenty members from Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. Using mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass, a typical program includes selections from Ravel, Fox Trots from the 20's, Italian waltzes, American fiddle tunes, and even a few Beatles tunes.

Mike Marshall/Darol Anger and The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra will take the stage at the Carnegie Lecture Hall on April 17, 8PM. Tickets are $23 (advance), $25 (door), and $13 (student rush). Contact ProArts Ticket Service at 412-394-3353 or order online.

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