Munier Mandolin featuring Ekaterina Skliar
Saturday, February 18, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$10 – $15
Munier Orchestra History
For more than six decades, the Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra has promoted classical mandolin music throughout Greater Philadelphia. Established in 1957, when two smaller ensembles united under the baton of Dr. Joseph Tiracchia, the orchestra has a direct link with the Golden Age of Italian classical mandolin. As a young child in Italy, Tiracchia studied mandolin with the ensemble’s namesake, Carlo Munier, one of the foremost mandolin virtuosos and composers of the day (along with Raffaele Calace). From 1957-1990, the Munier Orchestra flourished under the leadership of Tiracchia. The orchestra produced three LP recordings featuring a diverse musical selection, ranging from the virtuosic compositions of Munier and Calace to traditional Italian favorites. As one of the foremost regional
ambassadors of the Italian-American cultural tradition, the orchestra maintained a high profile, particularly in South Philadelphia. In 1976, Munier played a role in the nation’s Bicentennial Celebration, performing in concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra to celebrate the city^s musical heritage.
Munier Orchestra Today
While the present-day Munier orchestra continues to reflect its ethnic Italian origins, the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded to include a wide range of musical genres: from traditional Celtic to Brazilian choro, from Bluegrass to Broadway, from Argentinian tango to American jazz. Under the leadership of current musical director Mark Linkins, Munier has participated in a wide range of collaborations with Philadelphia-based ensembles and solo artists. On several occasions, the orchestra has performed Vivaldi’s masterwork “The Gloria” with regional choruses. Mandolin/domra virtuosi Ekaterina Skliar and Alexey Alexandrov – Siberian ex-pats currently based in Philadelphia – appear as frequent guest artists
with Munier. The orchestra has twice hosted the annual convention of the Classical Mandolin Society of America (2004 and 2016).
Ekaterina Skliar Domrist, Mandolinist, and 2019 Astral National Auditions Winner, Ekaterina Skliar made her debut at age 11 with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic. Since then she has been performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Russia giving solo recitals and collaborating with various chamber groups and orchestras.