We emerged from our pandemic pause with four August performances and two premieres.
Thanks to our fans for showing up in droves cheering us on through ur public shows at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, the Lake Harriet Bandshell, and the Dock and Paddle at the Como Lake Pavilion. Seeing couples and children dancing to our music validates hours of rehearsal.
The staff of Friendship Village generously hosted us at the very end of August. Our audience there always greets the end of the performance with cheer and questions about our instruments, music, and performance history.
This August we were fortunate to premiere two new works, The Gloria Suite by Sherry Ladig and The Raven by Benjamin Gieseke. Sherry has graciously penned music for us to play each year for many years. This year's opus honors her late sister Gloria depicting her humor and love of music and dance. You can view our distanced recordings the suite on our samples page.
You probably recognize the composer of the Raven from the front row of our first mandolin section. The Raven is Ben's first orchestral composition and it sounds like the prelude of something big. The piece builds in layers providing a minor-key landscape of things to come. Listen for the eerie harmonics from the seconds.
While we have few shows left this year, we've already begun working on new material for next season's rotation. Sherry has even hinted about a theme for an upcoming work....
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Hi everyone - we can fit the whole orchestra in the living room of the building at Valentine by moving the furniture away to another room, so rather than suffer in the heat we can enjoy the AC indoors.
The first full mandolin orchestra rehearsal of 2021 is scheduled for Monday, June 7, 7:00 pm, outdoors at 2412 West Valentine Avenue in Saint Paul. Take your own chair. If it's raining on June 7, the rehearsal will be on June 8 instead. We'll play music from the summer concert set lists.
Lon made new parts for the Glora Suite Rêverie for flute, mandolin 1, mandolin 2, mandocello, and guitar. The new parts are in Dropbox and have files names that include "gloria-8." Please update your notebooks with the new parts if you play one of those instruments.
Lon has been populating the Dropbox 2021 season "videos" folder with play-along files for people to use when practicing at home. The folder has 14 ".web" files, mostly links to YouTube videos. For the other pieces in the summer repertoire, the guide tracks we used in making videos are good for play-along practice.
Since we're not all able to meet in person, yet, those practice files, along with small regional rehearsals, will help us get ready for the August concerts.
If you have any questions about the music, send them to Lon.