Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra Concert at DCA Sunday

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David Evans will be a featured soloist at the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra concert at the Dorchester Center for the Arts on Sunday.

The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra (BMO), under the direction of Kristin Turner, will appear at the Dorchester Center for the Arts on Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $12 for DCA members, $15 for nonmembers, and children 12 and under are free, if accompanied by an adult with a paid admission.

The BMO will perform an international mix of compositions and arrangements for mandolin orchestra, including a Schubert piece originally written for piano, an American rag, a Spanish guitar piece, a movement from a Vivaldi concerto, a Brazilian folk tune, a Swiss gavotte, an Italian romantic piece, and others. Mandolin soloist and former director of the BMO, David Evans, will play an Italian musical dance called “Saltarello” by Raffaele Calace.

Refreshments will be served after the concert where audience members will have the opportunity to talk with the orchestra members.

Mandolin orchestras are essentially the plucked-string equivalent of normal string orchestras. But the strings of 30 mandolins produce a noticeably different musical sound. Among the members of the orchestra will be young people. These are the advanced students of the BMO’s youth program in classical mandolin instruction called “Mando for Kids.”

BMO concertmistress Laura Norris founded Mando for Kids in 2010, and she currently has 80 kids in the program.

To charge tickets by phone, call 410-228-7782.

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