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Who: The El Dorado County Community Concert Association
Where: Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado
When: Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
Information: Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218
The El Dorado County Community Concert Association is presenting the Modern Mandolin Quartet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 as its fourth concert of the season.
Modern Mandolin Quartet’s February appearance at the Theater at the Mine at Union Mine High School, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado promises a melange of music — from Bach to bluegrass — drawn from seven CD releases plus other things picked up along the way (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, Villa Lobos, Edgar Meyer, Jacob do Bandolim, Tchaikovsky, etc.).
In the mid-1980s, Dana Rath and Mike Marshall, in a moment of insanity, created a quartet of mandolin family instruments (two mandolins, mondola, mandocello) bringing back the mandolin ensemble tradition of the early 1900s. The repertoire was to achieve the standards of the great classical string quartets but also include bluegrass and other styles — just because it could be done.
Originally created for the performers’ personal enjoyment, the group rapidly achieved success with four albums on Windham Hill Records and concert tours throughout the United States and Europe. Two additional albums followed on independent labels.
Now, the Modern Mandolin Quartet returns with a vengeance. With the release of “Americana,” a collection of American music on Sono Luminus, the group is once again thrilling listeners around the world.
The 2013-14 El Dorado County Community Concerts membership card includes six outstanding performances for $60 (averaging $10 per concert). Student memberships are just $20.
To obtain tickets for the Modern Mandolin Quartet concert at $25 each, call Normadene Carpenter at 530-622-4218.
Visit eldoradocommunityconcerts.com/ to learn more about the El Dorado County Community Concert Association and its upcoming season.