Photo: © Seattle Mandolin Orchestra. Courtesy Steve Millican
Copied from their official Site (find link below): The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra exists to preserve, promote, and extend America’s mandolin ensemble tradition. Featuring the entire mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, mandola, mandocello, and mandobass, the orchestra offers an opportunity for musicians of any skill level to serve the Puget Sound community through performance, recordings, outreach, musical instruction, and publishing. The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to revitalizing the mandolin ensemble and expanding its repertoire through commissions and arrangements. The orchestra’s repertoire encompasses baroque, classical, jazz, and folk traditions.
The present group was founded in 1980 by Tom Moran. It later merged with the Seattle Mandolin Society, founded in 1968 by Jim Feroe, who recounts some of the group’s history in this 1991 article published by CMSA. There were also earlier mandolin orchestras in Seattle, during the golden age of the mandolin (1880–1925). One of these groups was led by composer, arranger, and soloist Carleton Ostrander.
The Seattle Mandolin Orchestra has hosted and presented to Northwest audiences many of the finest mandolin soloists and ensembles, including Carlo Aonzo and Elena Buttiero, Mike Marshall, Josh Pinkham, Evan Marshall, Duo LaRe (Chris Acquavella and Nate Jarrell), Joe Craven, Duo Capriccioso (Gertrud and Michael Troester), Richard Walz and Mari Tomizuka, Andre St. Clivier, Joan Martin Woodward, the Helsinki Mandoliners from Finland, and the Bavarian and Hessian state mandolin orchestras from Germany. In 2010 they hosted the 24th annual convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA).
Official Site of the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra
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