kalamazoo mandolin and guitar orchestra

C. Lieurance

Both top-notch soloists in their own right, Evan Marshall and Brian Oberlin enjoy coming up with musical duo arrangements that test their abilities and span many styles, from Italian classical to bluegrass and beyond. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will present the duo in a 7 pm concert at First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo. They'll feature selections from their new CD, Twin Mandolin Slingers.

In a session with Cara Lieurance, recorded by sound engineer Martin Klemm, Oberlin and Marshall tell stories about their experiences as musicians who bridge genres, and they play a variety of tunes, original and adapted, for two mandolins.


The Kalamazoo Mandolin Orchestra performing at the Kalamazoo Public Library downtown in 2008.
The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra

The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra will play Friday during the Art Hop at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. I talked with the group’s founding members Jackie Zito and Miles Kusik to find out a little bit more about the mandolin and its ties to Kalamazoo.