The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will perform with L’Orchestra dell’Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino and world renowned soloists–Carlo Aonzo, Enrico Granafei, Vitali Imereli and John T. LaBarbera–on Tuesday, March 15th at 7pm in Montclair,NJ.
Cover $15 pp. $10 students.
MONTCLAIR ? Tuesday, March 15 7:00 PM. L?Orchestra dell?Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino, Stefano Squarzina, conductor, will collaborate with the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, Enrico Granafei, conductor, in a rare combined mandolin orchestra performance. The program, entitled An International Mandolin Summit, will feature a concerto of Antonio Vivaldi and other classical and popular Italian works, and showcase soloists Carlo Aonzo, mandolinist, Enrico Granafei, classical guitarist, Vitali Imereli, violinist, and John La Barbera, guitarist/mandolinist. First United Methodist Church, 24 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair. Tickets are $15 General Admission and $10 Students with ID. For tickets, call BMO President Carol Franz 973-746-3203 or e-mail BMOmandolin@gmail.com. Also, visit www.bloomfieldmandolinorchestra.org.
The International Mandolin Academy Orchestra (L?Orchestra dell?Accademia Internazionale di Mandolino) is an ensemble made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan and Canada. It was formed in 2009, issuing from the International Mandolin Academy, a course founded and directed by Maestro Carlo Aonzo which draws musicians from all over the world. From the wish to further the intercultural enrichment resulting from this experience, in which music is transformed into a universal language, the idea came into being of creating a fixed ensemble, whose task it is to promote and diffuse contemporary repertoire for plucked instruments. Currently twenty four members, the orchestra will perform four concerts in the United Stated during the month of March 2011.
The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is comprised of twenty three volunteer musicians from northern and central New Jersey and New York State. Current orchestra membership spans three generations and represents a vast cross section of backgrounds and careers. Under Gabriel L. Nevola’s direction for thirty seven years, the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra amassed an extensive repertoire, which includes traditional Italian and American songs, opera and Broadway selections, classical and jazz pieces, and original compositions. The orchestra has also received a dedicated work by Italian American composer Mario Grasso as well as works by Bloomfield, New Jersey composer Bill Simon. Conductor Gabriel L. Nevola specially arranged many musical selections, which are amongst his orchestra members’ favorites. The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra has been privileged to work with and to feature the greatest mandolin and guitar virtuosi of the twentieth century, including Tamara Volskaya, “The Paganini of the Domra,” Anatoly Trofimov, bayanist, and the Russian Carnival Ensemble, Duo Capriccioso (Getrud Troster, mandolinist, and Michael Troster, guitarist), Carlo Aonzo, mandolinist, and Barry Mitterhoff, mandolinist.
In 2009, the orchestra welcomed its new maestro Enrico Granafei. Mr. Granafei is an accomplished guitarist and jazz harmonica player and current owner and musical director of Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ. Since leading the orchestra, Maestro Granafei has added new works to the orchestra?s repertoire, including arrangements by Tom Lleshaj and Daniela Brenca.
The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is the last remaining of this genre in the state of New Jersey. The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is dedicated to preserving the tradition of mandolin playing and welcomes players of all levels to join. Rehearsals, which are open to the public, take place every Tuesday evening from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. in the basement of the Bloomfield Civic Center, located at 84 Broad Street. Rehearsals start the first week of September and end the second week of May. In particular, the orchestra is looking for additional players of the lower instruments of the mandolin family (mandola and mandocello) and acoustic guitar. For more information on how to join the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra, please contact Maestro Enrico Granafei at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra is sponsored by the Bloomfield Federation of Music under the auspices of the Bloomfield Recreation Commission, Anthony Nesto, Director, and is a recognized member of the CSMA (Classical Mandolin Society of America).