You might still be thinking about BBQs and ballgames, but the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra already is getting ready for an exciting holiday season set to end in a thunderous crescendo. In addition to putting on three public concerts, the OMO also has been engaged to deliver two private performances for community groups, packing the orchestra’s schedule.
OMO Chamber Ensemble Opening for the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra. In the first public recital, a run-up to Thanksgiving, the OMO Chamber Ensemble will deliver a prelude performance before a Nov. 22 concert by the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra.
The Grotto Festival of Lights. The full orchestra will take a turn on center stage Dec. 4 during The Grotto’s Festival of Lights in Northeast Portland, to help celebrate the advent of Christmas.
Annual Holiday Concert. The orchestra’s 10th annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 13 will feature special guest artist Michelle Alany at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Alany, an accomplished vocalist and violinist, draws heavily from Sephardic musical traditions to broaden a program already filled with familiar holiday favorites. Get your icket in advance:
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The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to bringing the beauty of mandolin music to audiences while providing opportunities for local musicians to perform.
The mandolin was the most popular instrument in America in the early 1900s. That love affair fully bloomed when mandolin orchestras sprang up in cities across the country, enchanting concert-goers with a distinctive collective tinkle of musical rain.
Although tastes shifted over the years, appreciation of the mandolin was rekindled during the Folk Revival of the 60s. This set the stage for the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, which was founded by Brian Oberlin and Elizabeth Farrell in 2010.
Today, the nonprofit, all-volunteer Oregon Mandolin Orchestra counts two dozen dues-paying members who play mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass – all the varied voices of the mandolin instrument family. Acoustic guitars and upright string basses occasionally round out the mix.
Christian McKee, Musical Director, has made music since childhood, playing Suzuki violin as a youngster, and singing in choirs until the age of eighteen. Since then, Christian has toured and performed on the West coast in multiple ensembles on mandolin, mandola and mandocello.
Christian believes that at its best, music is a true conversation amongst the musicians that is shared with the audience and guided by the vision of the composer. Best of all, like any good conversation live music is pleasantly unpredictable and different each time. Christian brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his role as the Orchestra’s musical director, and invites everyone in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy this beautiful music along with us.
If you are interested in performing with the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra, contact Christian at email@example.com.