The Italian Club of Caldwell College

Monday, March 23rd   7:30 p.m.
Caldwell College

The Italian Club of Caldwell College
in collaboration with
The Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra,
The Center for Italian Culture 
mandolinist Carlo Aonzo and pianist Elena  Buttiero 
with a special performance of the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra

$15 music charge  
Reception after the performance

Inspired by the success of their recent tour and of their concerts throughout Italy, Carlo Aonzo
(mandolin) and Elena Buttiero (spinet) have recorded a collection of songs from their repertoire.
These selections represent some of the most important eighteenth-century music for mandolin and spinet.
This record, under the Devega label, traces the fortunes of the mandolin in Italy as well as in
Europe, during the period in which it was becoming popular as a concert instrument.
It affirms the
importance of this very Italian instrument in music history
In the second half of the century, the Neapolitan mandolin came into being as a fusion of elements
from several existing instruments. The tuning was based on that of the violin, while the bowlshaped
sound box was already a feature of other mandolin varieties. The headstock, the movable
bridge, and curved face were features of various types of guitars of the period.
The Neapolitan mandolin did not originate as a folk instrument, but rather as a concert instrument.
It also became popular in the musical training of young aristocrats and was widely played among the nobility.
The elegant inlays of surviving instruments from that period, the evidence we have from art of the
period, and the variety of original compositions all prove that the mandolin was a court instrument
and, above all, a concert instrument.
The musicians Carlo Aonzo performs regularly in Europe and the United States, where he has established himself
as a principal proponent of the classical mandolin. Graduating with honors from the conservatory in Padua,
he has played with several musical
institutions such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala
in Milan and the Nashville Chamber
Among his awards are the ?Vivaldi? first prize at the Vittorio Pitzianti National Mandolin
Competition in Venice, and first prize at the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas.
He has recorded a concert video on the history of the solo mandolin repertory for Mel Bay (Carlo
Aonzo: Classical Mandolin Virtuoso). His CDs include Serenata (Acoustic Music, Germany),
Traversata, (Acoustic Disc, USA) and Vivaldi ? Concerti per mandolino, and Kaze, with guitarist
Katsumi Nagaoka, which they performed on their concert tour of Japan in 2007.
He leads the annual Manhattan Mandolin Workshop in New York and in 2006 he began the
International Italian Academy for the Mandolin.
As a researcher, he has worked on the origins of his instrument. He has collaborated with the _ew
Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and has edited books on music for B