• 16th Annual Carlo Aonzo Manhattan Workshop

    16th Annual Carlo Aonzo Manhattan Workshop, April 14-17Carlo Aonzo returns to New York City for his 16th Annual Manhattan Workshop this April, consistently one of the top musical education experiences for classical mandolinists in the U.S.

    New York, N.Y. — Registration is now open for the 16th Annual Carlo Aonzo Manhattan Workshop in New York City, Thursday, April 14-17, 2016

    The Carlo Aonzo Manhattan Workshop is a wonderful opportunity for great musical growth for players of all mandolin-family instruments and guitars, from intermediate players through professionals.

    Enjoy the camaraderie of learning and playing with fellow mandolin enthusiasts in a warm and supportive environment and experience the wonders and pleasures of New York City.

    Carlo Aonzo, one of the greatest classical mandolinists alive today, has a well deserved reputation for warmth, patience, and extraordinary teaching skills. Attendees are unanimous in their praise of Carlo, and for the quality of experience offered at this highly regarded workshop.

    Aonzo will again be joined again by his duo partner, Cuban virtuoso guitarist Rene Izquierdo. Rene is a world class performer and an experienced teacher. He graduated from Yale University School of Music. He is currently a professor of classical guitar at Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and the Musical Director of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra. He shares his enthusiasm with workshop attendees and greatly enhances our musical experience.

    This workshop will be four full days devoted to mandolin orchestra. Exercises and techniques will be integrated into the orchestra sessions.

    Each year the workshop plays music from a variety of eras and styles. The music encompasses a range of opportunities for musical growth for all levels. It is sent out to participants months in advance of the workshop, on receipt of payment, and is ready now. Pre-workshop rehearsals beginning in January are available for attendees in the New York City area.

    This year's music includes two fugues from Art of the Fugue by J.S. Bach and a flute concerto by CPE Bach, one movement of a piece by Stamitz (1745-1801), a romantic Italian era piece by Bracco, a contemporary rag by the great composer James Kellaris, and a collection of beautiful early music pieces by Holborne.

    A limited number of places are available, so don’t miss out on this opportunity.

    Feedback from participants

    "The best part of the workshop was playing some new (to me) and beautiful mandolin orchestra pieces with dedicated people and with Carlo's direction. It is a rare treat to hear classical mandolin playing of the calibre of Carlo. It is inspiring and expands our minds to the possibilities of the instrument as well as being so very beautiful."

    "Somehow Carlo always finds ways to make it a whole new experience each year. What a pleasure to play such wonderful music at this level with such devoted aficionados of our instrument."

    "The challenge and the sense of accomplishment were very rewarding."

    "Highest-quality mando orchestra I've had the pleasure to play with."

    "I loved working with Carlo. His skill and feeling for the music were very inspiring. Also, the musicianship of the other workshop members, combined with a feeling of camaraderie, was very special."

    "I really appreciated how well-organized the event was, and how even the smallest details were anticipated and handled."

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    1. JRG's Avatar
      JRG -
      Anybody know when and where Carlo is playing in MO.?
    1. Antonio S's Avatar
      Antonio S -
      Quote Originally Posted by JRG View Post
      Anybody know when and where Carlo is playing in MO.?
      Carlo Aonzo will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a student chamber orchestra. This free performance will be on Saturday April 9, 2016 at 4:00 PM, in the Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall, at Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri. Carlo will be playing the solo violin part on the mandolin.