AMGuSS Winter Orchestra Weekend, February 2010

AMGuSS IS BACK IN FEBRUARY~ The ever-delightful American Mandolin & Guitar Suitcase Seminars will be holding the 2nd annual Winter Orchestra Week-end, on February 26-28, 2010, on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol RI. Workshops on musical form and technique will combine with orchestra rehearsals and sectionals, and culminate in a public concert by the American Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra (yes, that includes all students and faculty) that will be held in the Mary Tefft White Center on the RWU campus. Classes and rehearsals will be held in the beautiful newly-opened Global Heritage Hall on campus, and we’ll begin with an orchestra rehearsal on Friday night, February 26. Join Ralph Costanza, Bob Sullivan, Bob Martel, and me for a fun weekend dedicated to the fine art of playing in a conducted ensemble of plucked strings. Tuition for the week-end is $100. Contact Ralph Costanza @ email hidden; JavaScript is required for details on how to register and pay. Orchestra music, which will include 2 new Australian pieces for mandolin orchestra as well as some old favorites, will be emailed out at the end of January.

Participants can once again arrange to stay at the lovely waterfront Bristol Harbor Inn. We have reserved a group of rooms for the event. ( Be sure to ask for the special rate for the RWU Mandolin/Guitar Seminar. Meals will be available on campus and in nearby Bristol.

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