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Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Celebrates 5th Anniversary

By Mandolin Cafe
September 29, 2007 - 9:30 am

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Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra

Oakland, Penn. — The 40-member Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra will present its 5th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bellefield Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Avenue on the University of Pittsburgh Campus in Oakland.

Alan Epstein, Founder of the orchestra and Mandolin Soloist, will return from his home town of Brighton, Michigan to head up the list of guest performers. Epstein will perform Breathe, a jazz improvisation for solo mandolin and orchestra by American composer Don Julin. Also appearing will be Pittsburgh's own 3 Rivers Mandolin Consort and the renowned duo, The Great American Gypsies from northwestern Pennsylvania. The orchestra will be conducted by Charley Rappaport, music director.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Acoustic Music Works, 2142 Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill. Tickets and information are available by contacting (412) 257-0670.

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra was founded by Alan Epstein in September, 2002. The Orchestra is dedicated to the preservation and proliferation of the great tradition of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobasses, guitars and basses performing in concert, to create a lush orchestral sound. The group draws its repertoire from early 20th century pieces especially composed for mandolin orchestra, light classical music, ethnic music of countries where the mandolin is central in the folk tradition, experimental pieces written by contemporary composers and American folk music. Members range in age from 12 to 88 years old.

The 3 Rivers Mandolin Consort was formed in 2004 by a group of friends all passionately devoted to the playing of polyphonic music on fretted instruments. The ensemble pursues this passion by choosing from a wide variety of repertoire of world music, classics and folk music, aiming for the highest level of musical performance.

The Great American Gypsies are Charley Rappaport, mandolinist and Joe Kovach, guitarist. Based in northwestern Pennsylvania they have performed widely in concerts across the United States. Their own brand of Gypsy music is legendary and has brought them acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Their latest CD, on Caravan Records, is Before I Had A Red Tomato.

Additional information:
Contact: Dave Agnew at (412) 369-8717

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