Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra performed at the 25th CMSA Convention in Baltimore on Friday night, October 14th. Alan Epstein, a PMO founder, played with the orchestra during this performance. His wife Bonnie was in the audience. It was a great pleasure for the newer orchestra members to meet him. Alan had a good time playing with the orchestra and felt the orchestra’s performances have improved with time.
There was a good showing of 22 PMO members who made the trip to Baltimore and the show was very well received. Jim Bates, the conductor of the large Convention Orchestra, said we were "Great!" and Lou Chouinard, the President of the CMSA, offered his appreciation as well. This highly knowledgeable group recognized the way in which our program builds during a performance and loved that. They also mentioned that the national character of the British Isles Suite was clear to them, and that the vocal work was outstanding. The audience loved the PMO show and responded with an enthusiastic standing ovation.
The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra had four participants for the whole week of the convention. Gordon, David R., Charley, and Doug were in attendance. Gordon won second place in the 10th Annual Norman Levine CMSA Playing Contest. His performance piece was of a Charley Rappaport arrangement.
Gordon and Charley also performed at the open mic night. Charley played fretless mandolin and Gordon and Charley performed a rousing Domra number. Finally, Gordon played many of the cadenza solos in the en masse orchestra piece, "Czardas d'Amour" which was a highlight of the enmasse concert. Congratulations, Gordon on another step toward your mandolin career.
Read our member Doug’s Journal from the convention!