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Louisville Mandolin Orchestra

Louisville Mandolin Orchestra The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra is made up of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars, and bass, similar to the instrumentation of a traditional string orchestra, and is a carry-over from the mandolin orchestra tradition popular in the early 1900s.

Louisville Mandolin Orchestra The orchestra has achieved a wide reputation during its brief existence. The LMO appeared in a Lonesome Pine Specials concert at the Kentucky Center for the Arts called “Mando Magnificat” that was taped for television and has aired worldwide. “Mando Magnificat” is now part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institution, making the LMO the first mandolin orchestra to be so enshrined.

Besides numerous appearances in the region, the LMO has participated in international festivals in Germany and France. In 1994, it became the first American mandolin orchestra to be invited to the Bundesmusikfest held in Germany every four years. The LMO received critical acclaim for its performances at that prestigious festival and, in 1995, was invited to participate in another international festival held in Remiremont, France. Other countries participating in that festival included Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Program 430

Dancer/choreographer Delilah Smyth, the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, and a look at the first group of inductees into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (#430)

Program 449

A program highlighting song and dance features Delilah Smyth of the Louisville Ballet, the music of the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, and a peak at the inaugural induction ceremony for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. (#449)


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