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SF Mandolin Orchestra concert: "American Counterpoint" (San Francisco)
Details coun·ter·point ˈ(koun(t)ərˌpoint/) Complimentary ideas, arguments, or themes that illuminate each other when encountered side by side, especially in music. Contrast is at the heart of great music. Fast and slow, loud and soft, tension and release, the “counterpoint” of voices—all are prominent in all genres of world music. American composers in particular use contrast prominently in a variety of unique musical genres. That’s why the theme of this SF Mandolin Orchestra season is “American Counterpoint.” We’ll be exploring a variety American music, and contrasting it to J.S. Bach’s “Art of Fugue,” one of the most famous works of counterpoint by one of the most popular European composers. We’ll encourage you to compare Bach’s work with these (and other) American pieces…and see what you discover: • George Gershwin’s “Prelude II” transcribed for mandolin orchestra. • “Walnut Valley Suite,” a three movement piece by award-winning mandolin player and composer Bruce Graybill. • “Happy Birthday Bill Monroe,” by Bay Area mandolin legend David Grisman. • The world premier of “Adagio Misterioso,” by our music director Achille Bocus. • Big-band legend Glenn Miller’s 1939 hit “Moonlight Serenade.” Concerts are family-friendly. Admission is $20 general, $15 student/senior, and free for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at our ticketing site:

Mission Dolores Chapel

3321 16th St · San Francisco, CA

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We're a group of guitarists and luthiers, professionals as well as amateurs, of all ages and levels, who enjoy getting together, playing for one another informally, meeting for open mics and occasionally going to concerts together. We welcome acoustic guitarists who play any music in fingerpicking style. (Image by Made Underground, from flickr)

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