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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The term “prodigy” has followed bluegrass singer-songwriter Sierra Hull for more than half her life. How could it not, when Alison Krauss invited her onto the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 11, and the respected Rounder Records released her debut album at 16? If she was under pressure then, Hull was enjoying too many new experiences to notice, she said on the phone last week from her home in Nashville, Tenn. “At that point, you don't really think too much about everything everyone is saying.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The term “prodigy” has followed bluegrass singer-songwriter Sierra Hull for more than half her life. How could it not, when Alison Krauss invited her onto the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 11, and the respected Rounder Records released her debut album at 16? If she was under pressure then, Hull was enjoying too many new experiences to notice, she said on the phone last week from her home in Nashville, Tenn. “At that point, you don't really think too much about everything everyone is saying.
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February 28, 2007
PAAL concert -- The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum will present the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. The concert will feature soprano Beatrice Gilbert and celebrate the era of mandolins in America. Tickets are $20 for general admission and free for students. The center is handicapped-accessible and has free parking. 410-859-3308 or www.paalconcerts.org.
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By Jennifer Choi | January 31, 2008
The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, a 30-member group consisting of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar players, will perform Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The group plays a variety of music, including classical, show tunes and marches. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15. The venue is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call 410-280-5640 or go to marylandhall.org.
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By Thomas Kintner and Thomas Kintner,HARTFORD COURANT | October 28, 2004
The young trio Nickel Creek has brought new fans to bluegrass music by bending the genre in fresh directions, exhibiting a commitment to diversity that suits its 23-year-old mandolin savant Chris Thile. Thile is the sole songwriter and performer on Deceiver, a varied, if occasionally unfocused, journey through a diverse sonic landscape. Thile heists atmosphere and attitude from any number of Beatles patterns as he builds from light piano lilt to acidic electric guitar sizzle on "The Wrong Idea," and achieves similarly offbeat variety when he shifts gears from a whippoorwill mandolin line to a rock-style crescendo in "On Ice."
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | November 2, 2006
The pews are full in the house of picking and strumming. So is every folding chair. Unlike a symphony orchestra, where seating is rigidly enforced, no one at the Good Deale Bluegrass Shop gives a hoot whether the dobro player sits next to a like-fingered musician or whether a fellow packs up his fiddle and picks up a mandolin. ON THE WEB For a multimedia slide show of Friday-night jams at the Good Deale Bluegrass Shop, go to baltimoresun.com/bluegrass.
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By Jon Pareles and Jon Pareles,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 10, 1996
Bill Monroe, who laid the foundation of country music as the universally recognized father of bluegrass, died yesterday at Northcrest Home and Hospice Center in Springfield, Tenn. He was 84.He had suffered a stroke earlier this year, said his booking agent, Tony Conway.Monroe, who played mandolin and sang in a high, plaintive tenor voice, created one of the most durable idioms in American music.Bluegrass, named after his band, the Blue Grass Boys, was a fusion of American music: gospel harmonies and Celtic fiddling, blues and folk songs, Tin Pan Alley pop and jazz-tinged improvisations.
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By KATY O'DONNELL | November 22, 2007
A ROUNDUP OF REGIONAL FREEBIES ART OF SHOPPING WHAT / / Bazaart: Artful Holiday Shopping Extravaganza WHEN / / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday WHERE / / Jim Rouse Visionary Center, American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway WHY / / Because you can check out the works of more than 50 regional craftspeople and artists. CONTACT / / Call 410-244-1900 .................... FREE "Moon Voyage" is by Erika Rubel, one of the artists whose work will be featured at AVAM's Bazaart. [COURTESY AVAM]
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By Tricia Bishop | June 22, 2000
Using vocal harmony, sign language and a range of instruments - including guitar, harmonica and mandolin - folk duo Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzer) celebrate the diversity of life on Earth through stories and songs. "It's a get-involved type of show," says Leonino of "Living Planet," the program she and Artzer will perform Tuesday at the Bel Air Branch Library. With the help of songs from their 1990 CD of the same name, the husband-and-wife team snag kids' attention by encouraging them to participate with their bodies as well as their voices.
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By Judith Green and Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 15, 1998
Just as their college counterparts of today do for spring break, Spanish university students of the 19th century celebrated the pre-Lenten carnival season -- which signaled the onset of their end-of-term exams -- with song, drink and pranks. The only difference was garb: Where today's students wear T-shirts and patched jeans, the estudiantes dressed up in medieval garb.So for the Washington Opera's production of "Dona Francisquita," a zarzuela or Spanish folk opera, which takes place on Mardi Gras, who better to play the onstage ensemble of student musicians than student musicians?
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By KATY O'DONNELL | November 22, 2007
A ROUNDUP OF REGIONAL FREEBIES ART OF SHOPPING WHAT / / Bazaart: Artful Holiday Shopping Extravaganza WHEN / / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday WHERE / / Jim Rouse Visionary Center, American Visionary Arts Museum, 800 Key Highway WHY / / Because you can check out the works of more than 50 regional craftspeople and artists. CONTACT / / Call 410-244-1900 .................... FREE "Moon Voyage" is by Erika Rubel, one of the artists whose work will be featured at AVAM's Bazaart. [COURTESY AVAM]
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By Geoff Gehman and Geoff Gehman,Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call | October 28, 2007
NAZARETH, Pa. -- Ten reasons for liking the Martin Guitar Museum, a marvelous raft over a three-century-old river of acoustic music: 10. The inviting atmosphere Visitors are greeted by a two-way display case shaped like a guitar sound hole and a wall quote from Martin acolyte Eric Clapton saying that he'd like to be resurrected as an OM-45. The feeling of a homey history factory, an idea lair, is accentuated by warm lights and comfortable colors, zigzagging display cases and intriguing coves (a re-creation of an old workshop, a pickin' parlor for playing instruments)
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February 28, 2007
PAAL concert -- The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum will present the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. The concert will feature soprano Beatrice Gilbert and celebrate the era of mandolins in America. Tickets are $20 for general admission and free for students. The center is handicapped-accessible and has free parking. 410-859-3308 or www.paalconcerts.org.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,Sun reporter | November 2, 2006
The pews are full in the house of picking and strumming. So is every folding chair. Unlike a symphony orchestra, where seating is rigidly enforced, no one at the Good Deale Bluegrass Shop gives a hoot whether the dobro player sits next to a like-fingered musician or whether a fellow packs up his fiddle and picks up a mandolin. ON THE WEB For a multimedia slide show of Friday-night jams at the Good Deale Bluegrass Shop, go to baltimoresun.com/bluegrass.
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By MARC SHAPIRO and MARC SHAPIRO,SUN REPORTER | July 6, 2006
The music is rocking. Everybody in the place is dancing, and the floor is literally bouncing. You would think you just walked into a dance club, not a concert at the 8x10. But that's the kind of vibe you can expect from funky groove band the Bridge. "It's really hard to step into the room when we're playing and not party," said Kenny Liner, the band's mandolin player and beatboxer. With a capacity of only 400, it's hard to find a spot in the club that's more than a few feet from the band.
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By Thomas Kintner and Thomas Kintner,HARTFORD COURANT | October 28, 2004
The young trio Nickel Creek has brought new fans to bluegrass music by bending the genre in fresh directions, exhibiting a commitment to diversity that suits its 23-year-old mandolin savant Chris Thile. Thile is the sole songwriter and performer on Deceiver, a varied, if occasionally unfocused, journey through a diverse sonic landscape. Thile heists atmosphere and attitude from any number of Beatles patterns as he builds from light piano lilt to acidic electric guitar sizzle on "The Wrong Idea," and achieves similarly offbeat variety when he shifts gears from a whippoorwill mandolin line to a rock-style crescendo in "On Ice."
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By MARC SHAPIRO and MARC SHAPIRO,SUN REPORTER | July 6, 2006
The music is rocking. Everybody in the place is dancing, and the floor is literally bouncing. You would think you just walked into a dance club, not a concert at the 8x10. But that's the kind of vibe you can expect from funky groove band the Bridge. "It's really hard to step into the room when we're playing and not party," said Kenny Liner, the band's mandolin player and beatboxer. With a capacity of only 400, it's hard to find a spot in the club that's more than a few feet from the band.
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By Jennifer Choi | January 31, 2008
The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra, a 30-member group consisting of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, mandobass and classical guitar players, will perform Saturday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The group plays a variety of music, including classical, show tunes and marches. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15. The venue is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call 410-280-5640 or go to marylandhall.org.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 17, 2001
Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a big picture with a piercing beauty. Although it's in the same genre as The English Patient, it's a vastly better movie - more surprising and original, more rigorous and sympathetic. This film is oddly shaped. It is also heartbreaking and exhilarating. Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia during World War II, it hinges on the love affair between pert, intelligent Pelagia (Penelope Cruz), the daughter of the island doctor (John Hurt), and the robust, musical Captain Corelli (Nicolas Cage)
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By Tricia Bishop | June 22, 2000
Using vocal harmony, sign language and a range of instruments - including guitar, harmonica and mandolin - folk duo Magpie (Terry Leonino and Greg Artzer) celebrate the diversity of life on Earth through stories and songs. "It's a get-involved type of show," says Leonino of "Living Planet," the program she and Artzer will perform Tuesday at the Bel Air Branch Library. With the help of songs from their 1990 CD of the same name, the husband-and-wife team snag kids' attention by encouraging them to participate with their bodies as well as their voices.
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