By Jim Blanchard
May 22, 2004 - 1:00 pm
The annual spring concert of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra will be held on Sunday, June 6, 2004, at 4:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland. The 30-piece orchestra is conducted by Mr. David T. Evans. Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
The program will include orchestral works by Viktor Korda, Frederick Loewe, Konrad Wolki and Leroy Anderson, as well as the premiere performance of a rousing march composed in the traditional style by orchestra member Jonathan Jensen. Mr. Jensen is also a bassist and pianist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
The concert will also showcase the talents of several of the orchestra's outstanding soloists. Conductor David Evans will play a mandolin solo, Carlo Munier's "Bizzaria," to the accompaniment of Tony Norris on classical guitar. First mandolinist Don Tison, who recently retired as principal trumpet player with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will perform Leroy Anderson's "A Trumpeter's Lullaby" in an arrangement that he orchestrated for trumpet solo and mandolin orchestra.
The BMO is most fortunate to have a continuing association with another wonderful soloist: Italian-born and Peabody Conservatory-trained soprano, Beatrice Gilbert. Ms. Gilbert will sing pieces by Puccini, Bizet, Humperdinck, Offenbach and others to the accompaniment of the mandolin orchestra. She will be joined in a pair of delightful duets by soprano Laura Heydt.
Copies of the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra's CD, "City By The Sea," will be for sale at the concert. For further information about the concert, please call 410-377-6446 or visit www.baltimoremandolinorchestra.org.
Special thanks to the Mandolin Cafe's primary business partners.