Enjoy the music of the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra (SFMO), 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. The SFMO plays Baroque, Italian, classical, Renaissance, American, contemporary and modern music, plus original music.
The orchestra has played at some of the best-known local concert venues, including the Capp Street Community Music Center, Mission Dolores, Old First Church in San Francisco and the California Academy of Sciences. They have also presented workshops and concerts at the San Francisco Folk Festival and the San Francisco Mandolin Festival. SFMO also performed the winning pieces from the competition to create music 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 renowned mandolinist David Grisman.
Originally a teaching orchestra, the philosophy of continual learning and improving pervades the orchestra. SFMO members come from all communities in the Greater Bay Area. High School and university students are always welcome additions to the orchestra. To learn more, visit www.sfmandolin.org.
Raised in Milan, Italy, Conductor and Artistic Director Achille Bocus studied mandolin, double bass, electric bass, composition and conducting. Following his studies he went on to play 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.
Need a ride?
The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected]
or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, April 25
12:00–1:30 PM | Early admittance at 11:40 AM for those who RSVP by April 23
People without an RSVP allowed in if space permits
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$20 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]