The History of Mandolin Orchestras - Birthplace of Country Music

The History of Mandolin Orchestras

Gibson MandolinsTuesday, April 12 | 7:00 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist Dr. Lee Bidgood, Assistant Professor of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), will present a lecture detailing the history of mandolin orchestras, their wide repertoire, and some of the catalogs of companies like Gibson who marketed mandolin and banjo orchestras.  A performance by the ETSU Mandolin Orchestra – one of the newest ensembles within ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program – will also be part of this event.

This is a free event.

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