PITTSBURGH MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA PRESENTS A GALA CONCERT
The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra and Conductor Charley Rappaport will celebrate 10 years of collaboration with a gala concert featuring the vocal stylings of Gary Burdick, special guests and former directors Alan Epstein and Don Maue, and The Great American Gypsies Reunion ensemble with Charley Rappaport conducting. The program features folk, classical,and world music, and compositions by modern composers written specifically for the mandolin family of instruments. About the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra was founded by Alan Epstein in 2002. It is now one of the most dynamic mandolin orchestras in the United States. 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. About the Orchestra Director Conductor Charley Rappaport is celebrating 55 years as a professional musician in 2016. It is his 10th year a conductor of the orchestra. In 2004 he was named a Master Folk-Musician by the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts in conjunction with a grant for teaching and in 2014 received the Tradition Bearer Award by The Rivers of Steel. In addition to being an acclaimed mandolinist, he is a composer and teaches mandolin in Pittsburgh. Tickets available online or at the door.
Date & Time
October 8, 2016