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Seattle Mandolin Orchestra In Concert with Julie Finch and Emerald City Mandolin Quartet

By Martin Stillion
November 8, 2007 - 9:00 am

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Seattle, Wash. — ArtsWest presents the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra with special guests Julie Finch, soprano, and the Emerald City Mandolin Quartet, Saturday, November 17, 2007, 7:30 p.m. at ArtsWest, 4711 California Ave SW.

Seattle Mandolin Orchestra
Seattle Mandolin Orchestra

The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra returns to ArtsWest for "Eclectic Plectra," an evening of international favorites. Celebrate the mandolin's diverse heritage with music from Russia, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Americas. Special guests include coloratura soprano Julie Finch and the Emerald City Mandolin Quartet.

Founded in 1968, the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing the mandolin ensemble, a tradition established during the "Golden Age of the Mandolin" in the United States (18801924), when hundreds of mandolin orchestras sprang up around the country.

The orchestra showcases the entire mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, mandola, mandocello, and mandobass, and its repertoire encompasses many styles, including classical, jazz, and folk.

The Emerald City Mandolin Quartet was founded in 1996. Their distinctive tremolo approach to mandolin instrument family technique and interpretation blends the expressive concepts of the traditional violin-family string quartet with the sounds of plucked string ensembles. The quartet's playing style is based on the expressive tremolo technique of New York mandolin virtuoso Sol Goichberg, who strove to establish the mandolin as a legitimate classical instrument in America. The quartet's debut CD, Night Music, is now available.

Julie Finch has appeared as soloist with Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, the Bellevue Chamber Singers and Ballet Bellevue, The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra, and has been heard live on Classic KING FM Radio. She is a past winner of the Seattle Civic Opera Association competition, the Helen Crowe Snelling competition, and the Mary Levine Career Grant Scholarship. In July 2004, Julie was a National Semi-finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singers Artist Award (NATSAA) competition held in New Orleans, where she received the Karl Trump Award. Ms. Finch studies in Seattle with Marianne Weltmann and Geoffrey Boers, and is a frequent recitalist throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Purchase tickets: ArtsWest or call box office at (206) 938-0339

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