The Sydney Mandolin Orchestra presents Mosaic
The string orchestra that shimmers and pulsates!
Celebrating its 90th anniversary with a sold out performance at ACO’s The Neilson at Pier 2-3 in October 2022, the 25+ piece Sydney Mandolin Orchestra (SMO) is thrilled to bring its delicate and bold sounds to The Joan. Experience the rare, distinctively expressive blend of mandolins, mandolas, guitars and double bass performed by Australia’s longest running mandolin orchestra in this ‘not to be missed’ concert.
Traversing classical to contemporary works, especially written and arranged for mandolin orchestra by composers from Australia, Europe and Asia, the program features prolific Blue Mountains singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ann Palumbo playing a delightful Double Bass Concerto by Dittersdorf. Ann will also join SMO as vocalist in a wonderful collection of Australian folk songs titled Songs of Old Australia. Penrith’s own Jacob Wielgosz performs Siegfried Behrend’s stunning Spanish Impressions for Guitar.
Other highlights of the program are renowned Sydney composers Richard Charlton (The Adventures of the Duyfken) & Dr. Stephen Lalor’s A Bridge Across Time. This exquisitely rendered musical mosaic showcases the orchestra’s rich musical heritage and was commissioned by SMO for its 90th anniversary,
“I love playing mandolin music, the listeners love hearing mandolin music and we all love The Sydney Mandolin Orchestra” Julie Simmonds, Presenter 2MBS Fine Music Sydney.
“SMO plays with great energy, rhythmic precision, tight ensemble, wide dynamic range, and beautiful tone”. Robert Margo, Classical Mandolin Society of America, New American Mandolin Ensemble
More information and music samples are available at sydneymandolinorchestra.com.au
SMO gratefully acknowledges the support of the New South Wales government through its Create NSW program.
Cast & Creatives
Werner Ruecker / Conductor
Fiona Horbach / Principal First Mandolin
Ann Palumbo / Double bass, Vocals
Jacob Wielgosz / Classical Guitar