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Mandolin Workshop and Concert With Carlo Aonzo In Providence, Rhode Island

By Mandolin Cafe
May 31, 2006 - 1:00 pm

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Carlo Aonzo

Carlo Aonzo

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra announces a workshop and concert with special guest artist Carlo Aonzo, on June 10, 2006, in Providence, Rhode Island.

Born in Savona, Italy, Carlo Aonzo is one of the world's premier performers on mandolin. From a musical family, his first teacher was his father, and he went on to study with Ugo Orlandi at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Padua. He has received numerous awards including the Vivaldi prize of the Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize in the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas.

Aonzo has toured throughout northern Europe, Italy, and the United States as a soloist or with chamber ensembles and orchestras. He has recorded Paganini's complete works for mandolin on period instruments ("Integrale per Amandorlino e Chitarra Francese"). Other recordings with guitarist Beppe Gambetta and mandolinist David Grisman have featured the works of early twentieth century Italian composers ("Serenata" and "Traversata"). For Mel Bay Publishers he has recorded a video concert ("Carlo Aonzo: Classical Mandolin Virtuoso") and his work was also featured in "Mandolin 2000".

The workshop will be held from 1:00-3:30 PM at the WheelerSchool, Room 302 (Morgan Hall), 216 Hope Street, Providence Rhode Island. The workshop, which will focus on mandolin technique, is open to all levels of ability. The concert will be held at St. Martin's Church, 50 Orchard Avenue, Providence, (around the corner from the Wheeler School), at 8 PM. There is ample free parking on the street in the vicinity of the Wheeler School and St. Martin's Church.

The price for the workshop alone is $30 ($25 for seniors/students). Tickets for the concert alone are $15 ($10 for seniors/students). The price for the workshop and the evening concert together is $40 ($35 for seniors/students). To register in advance for the workshop or to reserve tickets for the concert, go to

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe. With well over two hundred pieces in its repertoire, the PMO features a wide range of musical styles from Renaissance dances to Baroque concertos, turn-of-the-century nostalgia, and avant-garde expressions. The group's unique tonality has inspired exciting new works by Clarice Assad, Will Ayton, Owen Hartford, Eva Kendrick, Barbara Kolb, Robert Martel, Michael Nix, Stephen Funk Pearson, and many others.

The Orchestra is under the direction of Mark Davis. Mr. Davis pursues an active career as a solo performer, educator, and conductor. Mark Davis directs a multi-level guitar ensemble program at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.

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