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4/7/2017 - ACC continues its Applause Series with The New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME) presenting a program of contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments


Performance of contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments will reflect folk, jazz, and world music influences

The ensemble, seen here in concert at the Museo Würth La Rioja in Spain, consists of, from left: Mark Davis; Mark Levesque; Robert Margo; Bob Asprinio; Beverly Davis; and Judy Handler.

The New American Mandolin Ensemble (NAME) will present a program of contemporary classical music for plucked string instruments on Friday, April 7, 2017 as part of the thirteenth season of the Agawam Cultural Council’s popular Applause Series. The concert will take place at 7:00 pm at the Agawam Senior Center.

The only group of its kind in the country, the ensemble will perform musical selections ranging in style from 21st century compositions, to blue-grass inflected pieces, to arrangements of bossa novas by Antônio Carlos Jobim.

The members of NAME — Mark Davis, director, Bob Asprinio, Beverly Davis, Judy Handler, Mark Levesque, and Robert Margo — are all professional musicians: performers; teachers; composers; and arrangers; who perform on the various members of the mandolin family: mandolin; mandola; liuto cantabile; mandocello; as well as classical guitar and bass.

Internationally renowned mandolinist Mike Marshall said of NAME: “They shine a fresh light on the Mandolin Orchestra tradition and are not afraid to draw from the variety of styles that the mandolin has been part of on this continent. The group plays wonderful new music and creates fresh textures, rhythms, and sentiments which will no doubt become a standard in the mandolin groups of tomorrow.”

In addition to performing throughout New England, NAME has performed at international festivals in Spain (August 2016) and Germany (June 2014) as well as in Portugal, the Netherlands, and as featured performers at the 2014 Convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America in Portland, Oregon.

The Agawam Senior Center is located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 821-0604. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org. 

The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.