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The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra (LMO) was organized in 1988 to offer local area musicians an opportunity to participate in an orchestral ensemble of plucked instruments. the Lmo is comprised of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass, similar to the instrumentation of a traditional string orchestra, and is a carry-over from the mandolin orchestra tradition popular at the turn of this century.

The LMO has achieved a wide reputation during its brief existence and has appeared at the the Kentucky center for the arts, as part of of the Lonesome Pine special series, in a program called “mando magnificat.” this show has been televised to a worldwide audience and has been added to the permanent collection of the smithsonian institute. Besides numerous appearances in the region, the Lmo has participated in international festivals in Germany, France and spain and received high critical acclaim.


released October 7, 1997

Jim Bates, conductor

As conducTor of The Louisville Mandolin Orchestra, Jim Bates is able to draw upon a variety of musical experiences as teacher, performer and clinician. mr. Bates was a string educator in the Jefferson county Public schools from 1983 to 1989.

Mr. Bates served as guest conductor in 1992 and 1993 for the classical mandolin society's national convention. in 1994 mr. Bates presented workshops at the Bundes deutscher Zupfmusicker Fest in Germany and led the Lmo in much acclaimed performances. Besides currently serving as music director the Louisville Youth orchestra, music director for the Louisville mandolin orchestra and bass instructor at the university of Louisville. mr. Bates satisfies his interest and love for early music, especially the music of the Baroque, by studying the viola da gamba and other historic instruments.



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