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Modern Mandolin QuartetMODERN MANDOLIN QUARTET - November 2, Lincoln City

How many mandolins does it take to wow an audience on the Oregon Coast? What is a mandola? We’ll find out on Sunday, Nov. 2, when the Grammy-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet plays in Lincoln City, on the Lincoln City Cultural Center auditorium stage.

The Modern Mandolin Quartet is a chamber group using the instruments of the mandolin family (two mandolins, mandola and mando-cello) to perform classical and contemporary compositions from around the world. It was formed in the mid-1980s by Dana Rath and Mike Marshall, who “in a moment of insanity” decided to revive the mandolin ensemble tradition of the early 1900s. The repertoire was to achieve the standards of the great classical string quartets, but also to include bluegrass and other styles (just because they could).

Originally created just for the performers’ personal enjoyment, the MMQ rapidly achieved success with four albums of Windham Hill Records and concert tours throughout the United States and Europe. Two additional albums followed on independent labels.

Now, the quartet has returned with a vengeance, with the release of “Americana,” a collection of American music on the label Sono Luminus, which last year was nominated for three Grammy Awards: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Best Engineered Classical Album, and Classical Producer of the Year. On this West Coast tour, the Modern Mandolin Quartet consists of co-founder Dana Rath, along with Matt Flinner, Paul Binkley and Adam Roszkiewicz.

“’Americana’ represents an important milestone in classical music for a mandolin quartet. Their treatment of Philip Glass’ compositions is simply stunning. A must-own for any serious music fan. Exceptional playing, superb arrangements and a collection of spectacular material from the finest mandolin quartet of all time.” Scott Tichenor, mandolincafe.com
Advance tickets are just $18 and are on sale now at lincolncity-culturalcenter.com (click “Buy Tickets Online” on the left hand side). Or, they can be purchased at the LCCC Info Center from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday-Monday, and 45 minutes before show time at the east entrance of the LCCC. The box office accepts VISA, Mastercard and American Express, as well as checks and cash. For details and tickets, call 541-994-9994.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. A selection of Northwest beers and wines, My Petite Sweet cookies and bars, and Mountain Man savory snacks will be sold before the show, and during intermission. Tickets sold at the door will be $20.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is a non-profit center for community and creativity, inside the historic Delake School building, at the corner of NE Sixth St. and Hwy. 101.

LC Chowder Cookoff


The 10th Annual Chowder Cook-Off returns to Tanger Outlets in Lincoln City on November 8. Watch as professional chefs from around the Pacific Northwest battle for the best chowder. This event also features live music, local beer and win, kids activities, and a Native American Heritage celebration.

On Saturday, November 8 from 11am to 4pm, restaurants from all over the region will compete for the title of best chowder and the People's Choice Award. Attendees can vote for their favorite chowder, and winners will be announced by 4pm. Back by popular demand, enjoy live music provided by the Ivie-Meziere Trio and Mark Alan. Local beer and wine will be available Saturday from Rusty Truck Brewing and The Wine Cellar at the Eventuary.

Sunday, November 9, from 11am to 3pm bring the kids and celebrate Native American Heritage Month courtesy of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Activities include tribal dancers and drummers, hands-on Native American crafting, and a tribal storyteller. And don’t worry, there will still be plenty of chowder to sample!

Admission to the cook-off is $5 for a one-day pass, which includes a tasting size portion of each chowder and unlimited access to daily entertainment and activities. Tanger Club members receive 20% off admission if they show their card and kids 12 and under get in free. On both days, desserts and sweets are available for purchase from My Petite Sweets and Captain Dan's Pirate Pastry Shop. Local clamming expert Bill Lackner will be on-site to teach you how to catch your dinner. Door prizes will be given away and attendees can enter to win a grand prize package from Tanger Outlets.

For more information and the Chowder Cook-Off contact the Lincoln City Visitor and Convention Bureau at 800-452-2151 or visit www.oregoncoast.org


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