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OMO Spring 2017 Three-City Tour

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra opens its 8th season with a 2017 Spring Concert Tour of Portland, the Oregon Coast and Southwest Washington, April 21-23.

24 instruments from the mandolin family and directed by Portland’s leading mandolinist, Brian Oberlin, will perform movements from Mozart’s 3rd and 4th Violin Concertos and Hummel’s Mandolin Concerto, as well as folk music from the Americas.

special guest, mandolin luminary Evan Marshall. (www.evanjmarshall.com) Evan will perform mandolin solos in the Mozart and Hummel Concertos. In a special performance, Evan will join forces with Brian Oberlin to play swing, bluegrass and classical as part of their crowd-pleasing duet, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

Founded in 2010, the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra has successfully revived the tradition of community mandolin orchestras popular in cities across North America during the early 20th century.  Today, the all-volunteer, Portland-based Orchestra boasts 24 members who play mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass to create a warm, distinctive sound something like musical rain.  The Orchestra has performed in Portland, Salem, Hillsboro, Hood River, Pendleton and Vancouver, Wash.

About the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra and its Mission

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra was founded by Elizabeth and Brian Oberlin in an effort to revive the beauty and popularity of the traditional mandolin orchestra, which was mainstream in the United States around the turn of the 20th Century. At that time, the mandolin orchestras were highly popular throughout the United States with most cities and high schools having their own.

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Holiday Concert 2016

Plan to join the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra and their special Guests "The Swinging Doors" for a Holiday and Country Swing Concert at the Walters Arts Center in Hillsboro Oregon on Friday, December 16th at 7:30 pm.

Tickest are availabe at the Walters Arts Center and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Live 2010 -- CD

In December of 2010, the Orchestra released its first CD, Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Live 2010. The album is a compilation of live recordings from the first season of concerts (April 9th, June 25th, and September 24th performances at the Walters Cultural Arts Center) and includes tunes played by duo bass+mandolin (www.bassmandolin.com), Brian Oberlin on mandolin and Josh Feinberg on bass, as well as several songs conducted by guest conductor Allan Halbert of the Starlight Symphony. The music is a delightful mix, spanning the ages and genres from classics by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi to Italian folk music to show tunes to jazz, and includes a stunningly beautiful rendition of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings that will make any mandolinist proud. The CD is available on CDBaby.

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End of the 2016 Season - Start of the 2017 Season

The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra capped its exciting 2016 season with a holiday concert before a packed house at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. The orchestra is looking forward to launching its eighth season in April, featuring an all-new spring concert program. Details are still to come, so keep checking back for updates!

Brian Oberlin, Music DirectorBrian Oberlin, Music Director
Brian brings with him many years of experience as a professional musician, composer, instructor, and now conductor. He has toured the U.S., performing with several different ensembles, and has taught thousands of students to play mandolin. Brian's perspective on music, composing, performing, and teaching is always fresh and full of energy. If you are interested in performing with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, contact Brian at .

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