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The Bridger Waltz

by The Montana Mandolin Society

A passionate and eclectic sound of strings that was named on National Public Radio as "The Montana Sound".
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. New York Ideal March
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2. Canisp
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3. O'Carolan's Frolic
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4. Heart of the Heartland
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5. Saratoga Blues
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6. Beethoven's Favorite
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7. Acordai Doncela/Chorinho
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8. Texas Fox Trot
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9. Far East/Petunia's Jig
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10. Misty
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11. The Bridger Waltz
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12. Rhondo-Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
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13. Augusta at Midnight
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Known for their own particular sound and style "THE MONTANA SOUND", this internationally famous mandolin ensemble represents Montana as musical ambassadors in places such as The Kennedy Center, National Public Radio, and on thier recent tour of Japan. The positive energy is evident both on and off stage!


Mandolins, Mandola, MandoCello, Octave Mandolin, Violin, Guitar, Banjo, Cello, Hammer Dulcimer

Unique beginnings, a brief history:
A surprising chain of events brought forth The Montana Mandolin Society. Dennis White, director, came upon a rare photo taken in 1902. The photo showed the Bozeman Mandolin and Guitar Club made up of Bozeman's early founders;local businessmen, college students, cattle ranchers, and cowboys. The photo of the old time group led to the formation of the Society.

In October of 2000, The Montana Mandolin Society released thier first CD, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE which spans a musical time line of mandolin history representative of tunes from the seventeenth century to the twenty first century. The music reflects tones as bright and sharp as Montana's Mountains.

The Society was nominated by both State Senators and subsequently performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C..

NPR Featured the Society in an All Things Considered interview with Linda Wertheimer.

In 2002 the Society released a second CD entitled THE BRIDGER WALTZ, a collection that illustrates the gifts of profound inspiration we get from the unforgettable Rocky Mountains.

In the summer of 2002, by invitation, The Montana Mandolin Society performed a two week Japanese Musical Ambassador tour. Highlights of that tour were the 13th annual Kanto Mandolin Festival in Tokyo Japan, a concert at Roccoman hall in Kobe, and the Kumamoto Sister City Celebration in Kumamoto Japan.

The ensemble works as individuals to contribute their interpretation of the music and blend it with the rest of the ensemble into their own particular sound and style.

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Audience Comments

"Wonderful Evening-I'm making my reservations for the next concert now."

"This is the second concert we've attended. We love this music and the variety of tunes included in the program-everything from Mozart to the Beatles!"

"Thanks for the Sunday afternoon gift of music and history. Purely enjoyable!"

"We appreciate the friendly atmosphere at the concert. The commentary adds an interesting historical component to the concert."

"The music and repertoire are delightful, easy listening, energetic and a joy to listen to."

"I love this music! The diversity of it, the tightness of the group, and fact that the history is so deeply involved."

"Totally enjoyable-well worth the two hour drive!"

"Exhilarating performance!"

"An outstanding balance and interesting performance mixing authentic period pieces and modern composition."

"I wish my son were here to listen to you play."

"Bravo! Come back soon."

"A unique and fabulous presentation."

"Fantastic concert. The commentary really enhanced the overall presentation. I'm looking forward to more."

"This is the most professional group of musicians and performers next to Yanni."

"The bright sound of the mandolins is so refreshing."

"You guys ROCK!"


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Joe Ross

Pleasurable aural experience that evokes nostalgic images of a better day gone b
Total playing time – 45:08 -- Imagine yourself in your Sunday best, sitting comfortably in a parlor, enjoying an eclectic blend of instrumental string music from around the world. Together since 1999, the Montana Mandolin Society is a resurrection of the Bozeman Mandolin and Guitar Club, which performed at the turn of the century during the heyday of the mandolin family orchestra. The music of this latest reincarnation of the historic group is a very pleasurable aural experience that evokes nostalgic images of a better day gone by, with a touch of pioneer character and vision that one might only find in the rugged hills of Montana. This album opens with a spirited New York Ideal March, written by Samuel Siegel about a hundred years ago. The Montana Mandolin Society then expertly moves through Scottish, Irish, Sluzduz, Blues, Classical, Ballroom Dance, Brazilian, Jazz, and Old-Time numbers. The Scottish waltz, Canisp, is a showpiece for violinist Sara Williams. O’Carolan’s Frolic is a bouncy and rhythmic number that was written by the blind Irish harper, Turlough O’Carolan, who lived from 1670-1738. The cello (played by Jesse Ahmann) and classical guitar (Steve Marty) add a nice touch to 16-year-old Megan Waldum’s clear and bright mandolin notes and tremolos on Heart of the Heartland, an expressive tune penned by Peter Ostroushko. The guitar medley Acordai Doncela/Chorindo in La Mineur by Celso Machado features the twin classical guitars of Steve Marty and Kris Ellingsen. The medley, Far East/Petunia’s Jig, is a highlight of the album with its arrangement featuring Dennis White’s five-string banjo and Lindsay Turner’s hammered dulcimer, along with mandolin, mandola, guitar and shaker. Misty is always a crowd-pleaser, especially when one can hear a rawboned version with mandola, guitar and bass.

The album’s title cut, The Bridger Waltz, inspired by Montana’s Bridger Mountain Range, and written by Dennis White, has an old-time flavor and is a clear indication of the heights that this professional group is aspiring to with their musical talents and perseverance. In its short time together, the Society has played small and large venues, historic settings, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and has toured Japan. With their highly arranged and eclectic repertoire of historic and original compositions, the Montana Mandolin Society is succeeding in its mission to preserve and promote the rich musical heritage of America, with its many international influences. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Lavern E. Hill

The 3 tunes that stand out to me,in order of preference is Misty,Bridger Waltz, Far East/Petunia's Jig with the 5 string banjo! All the others were ok, but I would like to here these Guys Live, I think that might change my opinion of the other songs.