The Orchestra

The Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed in 1991 to preserve and foster the enjoyment of mandolin music. Our repertoire includes polkas and marches from the early 20th century, transcriptions of classical music, contemporary compositions, and arrangements of popular tunes.

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The orchestra plays at festivals, senior-living facilities, and parks in the Twin-Cities area. Contact us if you have an event you'd like us to perform.

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Player Availability

Orchestra members can forward their availability to play events using our on-line RSVP system.

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Upcoming Shows

Tuesday, May 12, 7:30-9:00pm
Brady Education Center with the University of Saint Thomas Guitar Ensemble
Saturday, June 6, 11:00am-12:00pm
Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church as part of the Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival
Sunday, July 26, 3:15-4:45 pm
Loring Park Art Festival
Thursday, August 6, 6:00-7:30 pm
Music in the Gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Monday, August 17, 7:00-8:00 pm
Centennial Lakes Park in Edina
Monday, August 31, 7:30-9:00 pm
Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis

What Do I Do with My Mandolin?

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Gieseke

Why, join the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra, of course! Write to Lon Hendricks, our conductor and artistic director, for more information, or just come to any rehearsal to see if you like what we do.

We welcome guitar and bass players, too!

From time to time, subgroups of the orchestra perform themed productions. 2019 will be the second time around for BYNRIE, fielding Saturday and Sunday Saint Patrick's weekend performances at the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church.

Éire go Brách!

Saint Patty's Day, 2019

Photo courtesy of Andy Steinfeldt

BYNRIE played its second annual Saint Patty's Day show at Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church with a silent auction to support the Orchestra and Sherry Ladig. Prizes included Twins tickets, a mandolin banjo, and a BYNRIE house concert.

Landmark Center, December 2018

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Gieseke

In an unusual schedule, the orchestra played a mid-week lunch-time performance at the beautiful Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. Sound projection into such a large space is challenging but Allison, our flute soloist (and 2nd mandolin member), cut through with ghostly tone. Other solos were performed by Ben, Tate, and our conductor Lon.

Avi Avital!

Photo courtesy of Joy Parker

Avi Avital dropped by our rehearsal to practice with the Orchestra ahead of his performance at the Ordway. He discussed with us the tradition of mandolin orchestras at kibbutzim and played the Bach Chaconne for us. WOW!

The Blues

John Greyhound Maxwell schooled the Orchestra players in slide blues, demonstrating with his National resonator mandolin.

Saint Patty's Day, 2018

Photo courtesy of Allison Eklund

A subset of the orchestra members played at the Can Can Wonderland Saint Patty's Day Festival. The group, dubbed Bet-You're-Not-Really-Irish-Either, played a set of traditional Irish music with some Irish-themed additions from our friend Sherry Ladig.