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

May 14, 2019, 7:30pm:
Collaboration with the University of Saint Thomas Guitar Ensemble, Brady Educational Center
Jun 1, 2019, 10am:
Saint Anthony Park Arts Festival, SAP Lutheran Church
Jul 28, 2019, 3:15pm:
Loring Park Art Festival
Aug 12, 2019, 7:00pm:
Centennial Lakes Park
Aug 19, 2019, 7:30pm:
Lake Harriet Band Shell
August 26, 2019, 7:00pm:
Como Lakeside Pavilion
December 15, 2019, 5:00pm:
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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!

Workshops of Interest

More things to do with your mandolin, guitar, or bass!
Jun 13-16, 2019:
Carlo Aonzo Mandolin Workshop
Jun 24-29, 2019:
American Mandolin & Guitar Summer School
Aug 19-25, 2019:
San Diego Classical Mandolin Camp
Oct 9-13, 2019:
Classical Mandolin Society of America

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.

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.

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!