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Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra Observes 80th Anniversary With Concert

By Mandolin Cafe
November 7, 2005 - 8:15 pm

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The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra will present its 80th anniversary concert on Saturday, November 12, at 3:00 PM at Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane, Baltimore (Towson), Maryland. Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra

The BMO was founded in 1924 and gave what was billed as its first annual concert on November 12, 1925--exactly 80 years ago to the day. They will reprise a couple of pieces played by the original orchestra at that 1925 concert, including a mandolin solo by the BMO's director, David Evans, that the original orchestra's founder and first director, Conrad Gebelein, also played at that first concert.

The program will also include a march composed by Conrad Gebelein himself. There will be several lovely pieces by various Italian composers such as Carlo Munier, Giovanni Martini, and Giuseppe Milanesi, and a marvelous foxtrot called "Some Jazz Blues" by M. L. Lake. First mandolinist Don Tison will solo on trumpet for that piece. Don recently retired from the Baltimore Symphony here he had been their principal trumpeter for 31 years.

Don's mandolin cross-picking skills will be showcased in a medley of traditional tunes he arranged. The BMO's resident soprano, Beatrice Gilbert, will also demonstrate her considerable vocal talents on di Capua's "Serenade Of The Roses" and Lara's "Granada."

A reception will follow the concert. Please join the orchestra for light refreshments and the opportunity to meet and chat with the players.

Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra web site

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