San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra

Organization Oshman Family JCC
Date/Time Tuesday 4/25/2017 12p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Peninsula - Palo Alto
Cost $20
Age Range Mixed Ages
Categories Music

Enjoy the music of the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra (SFMO) at our Monthly Music at Noon concert.

SFMO is comprised of 15 to 20 players of instruments in the mandolin family-mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin and mandocello-in addition to guitar and double bass. They play Baroque, Italian, classical, Renaissance, American, contemporary and modern music, plus original tunes.

The orchestra has played at some of the best-known local concert venues and presented workshops and concerts at the San Francisco Folk Festival and the San Francisco Mandolin Festival. They performed pieces from the competition to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2012. Past soloists include alto Twila Ehmcke, soprano Susan Gundunas, lutenist Alex Jenne, mandolin virtuoso Carlo Aonzo and mandolinist David Grisman.

Raised in Milan, Italy, Conductor and Artistic Director Achille Bocus studied mandolin, double bass, electric bass, composition and conducting. He played double bass with some of the finest symphonic, operatic and chamber music orchestras in Italy, performing throughout Europe. From 2005 to 2008 he was conductor of the Orchestra a Plettro Citta di Milano. In 2009, Achille moved to the Bay Area, where he began teaching mandolin to students with his "Il Tremolo" method and took up the baton for the SFMO. Achille also performs as a soloist and arranges music for ensembles.

Monthly Music at Noon concerts include a delicious hot buffet lunch before the concert. Funded in part by the Maimonides Fund of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. Contact Betty Saad at or (650) 223-8741 by Thursday morning the week before the event. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

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