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

  • UWM Recital Hall - adjacent to the Music Building 2400 E Kenwood Blvd Milwaukee, WI, 53211 United States

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.