Jun
18
11:30 am11:30

Lakefront Festival of the Arts

  • Milwaukee Art Museum - LFOA

One of our favorite summertime gigs.  Come out to support the fabulous artists and sculptors, and listen to some great music as well.

Apr
1
4:00 pm16:00

Spring Concert

  • St. Sebastian's Catholic Church

The concert will feature some of the great repertoire from our mandolin-orchestra archives, including "Sweet Marjorie", which we haven't played in a while.

Also, we'll have the MMO premiere of some Spanish, Italian, and Japanese music.

From Spain: La Oracion del Torero (The Prayer of the Bullfighter), by Joaquin Turina

From Italy: Benvenuto (Welcome), by Johan B Kok

From Japan: the US premiere of Seiichi Suzuki's Harbor Bells.  The MMO hopes to tour Japan one day with this piece.

Tickets are $16 (plus service fees) in advance; $20 at the door.

Oct
30
4:00 pm16:00

Fall Concert - Vivaldi's Four Seasons

  • UWM Recital Hall

Carlo Aonzo will join the orchestra for a reading of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  A treat not to be missed.

In addition, the Carlo Aonzo trio will start off the concert with their intriguing mix of classical, jazz, Brazilian, and other music.  Jaw dropping - and simply a lot of fun.

Tickets are available at mando4.bpt.me

Carlo Aonzo

Carlo Aonzo

Sep
24
1:00 pm13:00

Urban Forest Fest

  • Lynden Sculpture Garden

The Lynden Sculpture Garden - one of Milwaukee's most beautiful sites, with music from Milwaukee's oldest orchestra.

Jul
27
6:00 pm18:00

Shorewood Music Series

  • Hubbard Park

A night of great mandolin music, featuring the incomparable Robin Pluer, vocalist on any number of Tin Pan Alley tunes.  It's a great combination!

May
15
4:00 pm16:00

The MMO at UW-Milwaukee Recital Hall

  • UW-M Recital Hall

The MMO returns to UW-M's Recital Hall, one of our favorite venues because of its clean sightlines and wonderful sound.

Tickets are available here and are $16 in advance (plus processing fees, or $20 at the door.

This recital features two of our favorite collaborators, Elina Chekan and Robin Pluer.

True to our roots as a 116-year-old orchestra, we will be playing repertoire from the heyday of the Mandolin Orchestras, 1890 to 1930.

PLUS: Elina Chekan, our frequent guest conductor, will be our featured soloist.  We will be playing the Guitar Concerto No 1 in D, by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, arranged specifically for the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra.

 

AND: We get to have the incomparable Robin Pluer join us for some tin-pan-alley classics.  Nobody brings quite the same level of class to those standards as the wonderful Ms. Pluer.  

Ticket information.

Nov
21
7:30 pm19:30

The MMO in Waukesha

  • St. Matthias Episcopal Church

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The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, along with guest artist Evan Marshall, presents a concert featuring Mozart, Hummel, Brahms, and Telemann, along with several favorite tunes from the traditional mandolin orchestra repertoire. 

Evan Marshall, a resident of California, is internationally known for his virtuosity on the mandolin.  His performances with symphony orchestras across the country have won him such accolades as:

"An amazing tour de force" - Grand Rapids Press
"I have never [before] heard a mandolin produce such rich, multi-dimensional sounds." - San Antonio Express News
"Brilliant!" - Fort Worth Star Telegram
"Music that set the place on fire!"
Similarly, his solo performances have been met with: "He sounded at times like the Boston Symphony!" (Providence Journal Bulletin) and "The audience was dazzled by his virtuosity." (Pasadena Star News)

Under the musical direction of celebrated classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is thrilled to bring to its Southeast Wisconsin audiences a program of orchestral works, solo mandolin with orchestra accompaniment, and the amazing solo performance of Evan Marshall.  Now celebrating its 115th anniversary, the orchestra regularly performs at music festivals and concert halls around Wisconsin. Twice, the MMO was honored to have appeared live on Garrison Keillor's internationally broadcast radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion".

Tickets are $16 (plus service fee) / $20 at the door.

Jul
6
6:30 pm18:30

Musical Mondays - Lake Park

  • Lake Park

WEATHER NOTE:

As of 4:20pm on July 6, the concert is still scheduled to be outdoors.  We should have a window of nice weather before the rain comes again at 9:00p.  

 In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Marcia Coles Community Room, which is in the lower level of the Lake Park Pavilion, beneath the Lake Park Bistro Restaurant (3133 E. Newberry Blvd.).

 

The MMO is pleased to kick off the 18th season of concerts at Lake Park's Summer Stage.

Join the MMO and our esteemed conductor Rene Izquierdo as we play:

  • some of our favorite music from the mandolin orchestra repertoire
  • a selection of patriotic tunes 
  • Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 (a stunning crowd-pleaser last concert)
  • a Vivaldi concerto for mandolin and orchestra, featuring our talented Assistant Director Katy Vandenberg  

It'll be a wonderful night of free music. 

More details about the Musical Monday lineup is here

Concerts will go on, rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Marcia Coles Community Room, which is in the lower level of the Lake Park Pavilion, beneath the Lake Park Bistro Restaurant (3133 E. Newberry Blvd.).

These concerts are FREE and open to the public. These enjoyable concerts are presented in cooperation with Milwaukee County Parks, with a generous donation from the Coles Family Foundation.

All concerts take place at the new Lake Park Summer Stage, just south of the playground and tennis courts.

Jun
24
7:30 pm19:30

Patio Pops

  • Milwaukee Catholic Home

A free concert on the patio of the lovely Catholic Family Home.

Jun
21
11:30 am11:30

Lakefront Festival of the Arts

  • Milwaukee Art Museum

Our annual appearance at the Milwaukee Art Museum's fantastic festival.  We love playing here.  

Join us for an hour of mandolin orchestra favorites from the '20's and '30's, as well as a selection of Italian tunes.

Admission to the Festival gets you free admission to our concert.

May
8
7:30 pm19:30

The MMO and an evening of Russian Domra and Bayan (Button Accordion)

  • UWM Recital Hall - adjacent to the Music Building

This could be our most eclectic concert ever.  You'll probably want to buy your tickets right now!

With virtuoso guitarist Rene Izquierdo conducting, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is heading in a more ambitious direction while proudly remaining champions of the American mandolin tradition.

We found that carefully chosen music from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras blends remarkably well with ragtime tunes and mandolin orchestra music composed by local composers from 100 years ago.

In the upcoming concert program, featuring the amazing duo of virtuosos Stas Venglevski and Mikhail Litvin, Izquierdo will take this event where no other mandolin orchestra concert in Milwaukee has ever gone before.

About Our Soloists

In 2000, Mikhail Litvin, a virtuoso mandolinist / domra player from Belarus, came to Milwaukee with a desire to live in America and work as a classically trained musician. He is a beneficiary of the former Soviet Union’s musical education system. In past years, Mikhail was the MMO’s regular soloist. More recently, he has been touring North America and Europe with his performing partner, Stas Venglevski.


In most parts of the world, some types of the accordion are symbols of a nation’s musical identity. The button accordion Bayan is as Russian as the balalaika and the Bolshoi Ballet. Stas Venglevski is a two-time first prize winner of Bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova.  Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music.

Stas has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion.

Stas and Mischa on YouTube.


Following our guest virtuosos, the MMO will bring you the best of mandolin orchestra music, with a surprising addition: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3.  The orchestra has had a blast getting this piece ready to debut - holy cow, it's fun!

 

Tickets

$16 (plus service charge) - available here.

$20 at the door.

Dec
31
10:00 pm22:00

FirstNight - Evanston Illinois

  • Nichols Concert Hall - Music Institute of Chicago

FirstNight Evanston is a New Year's Eve celebration in Evanston (Illinois) that brings together a great community.

You'll hear an incredible range of music from some of the world's finest musicians, including this year a fine ensemble pulled from the ranks of the MMO.

The Milwaukee Mandolin Ensemble will be performing at 10:00pm on Dec 31, 2014.

More details are available at the FirstNight website.

Nov
2
3:00 pm15:00

MMO in Concert - Mandolin Music from Italy, Belarus, and Brazil

  • UWM Recital Hall - adjacent to the Music Building

Map to UW-Milwaukee Recital Hall

The Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra returns to the UWM Recital Hall on Sunday November 2, at 3:00pm, with musical director and acclaimed classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo.

The concert features:

  • Carlo Aonzo, a stunning virtuoso mandolinist, is a native of Savona, Italy, where he grew up immersed in music. Carlo can count several performances with the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra among his many accomplishments.

    Carlo directs several classical mandolin workshops annually across America, leads mandolin orchestras and the International Mandolin Academy near his home in Italy,has recorded with David Grisman and is considered one of the top interpreters of Antonio Vivaldi’s music. 

    The MMO’s Music Director, Rene Izquierdo, will join Carlo to play classical duets for mandolin and guitar.  Carlo and Rene have toured together extensively, recorded a collection of Paganini’s music and this year released a live concert performance.

  • Linda Binder, violinist and mandolinist, was the Music Director of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra for many years and is an in-demand player with several ensembles throughout the Midwest.  A skilled and soulful player on the 10-string Brazilian bandolim, she was praised by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel critic Tom Strini for  "...her silvery sound and supple phrasing."

    Linda and her guitarist husband Jeffrey Binder will play a selection of Brazilian Choro music. Choro is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint.

  • Milwaukeean Mikhail Litvin is a Belarussian mandolin virtuoso. He joined the MMO in 2001 and his mandolin solo playing has been featured at several MMO concerts and on our latest recording.

    Mischa tours Europe several times a year as a soloist with various Russian ensembles and with his countryman Stas Venglevski, the "bayan" virtuoso.

The MMO was founded in 1900 and plays music arranged for 1st and 2nd mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, mando-bass, guitar, percussion and voice. The MMO has appeared twice on "Prairie Home Companion" and plays at music festivals and concert halls throughout the Midwest.

 

Sep
20
5:00 pm17:00

MMO at Shorewood Plein Air

  • Shorewood Library

Plein Air is Shorewood's celebration of the arts - with over fifty artists painting outside, throughout Shorewood, for four days, Sept 17-20.

Plein Air ends with the Awards ceremony - and the MMO will be welcoming all artists and visitors to the gala celebration.

More information on Plein Air is available here.