Munier Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra
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Munier thanks Chris Swisher, Elaine Peden, Jean Young and Bernice Goll for the photos!
Announcing Munier's First New Recording in 40 Years!

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For more than half a century, the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra has promoted classical mandolin music in the City of Brotherly Love. The Munier Orchestra was established in 1957, when two smaller ensembles - one from South Philly and one from Northeast Philly - united under the baton of Dr. Joseph Tiracchia. Tiracchia had a direct link with the Golden Age of the classical mandolin. His father was a student and personal acquaintance of the two foremost mandolin virtuosos and composers of that era: Raffaele Calace and Carlo Munier, for whom the orchestra is named.
For more than three decades, 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, many of which were arranged for the orchestra by Tiracchia. As one of the foremost regional ambassadors of the Italian-American cultural tradition, the Munier Orchestra maintained a high profile. 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.
When Dr. Tiracchia passed away in 1990, Chris Ianni - a mandolin and mandola virtuoso and charter member of Munier - assumed the baton. Ianni led the group until his death in 2007. Robert Henry served as Munier's conductor from 2007 until 2011. Mark Linkins currently serves as Munier's musical director.
Across the decades, the Munier Orchestra has had the privilege of hosting concert performances with the prominent international mandolin soloists of the day, including Howard Frye, Guiseppe Annedda, Carlo de Filippis, and, most recently, Chris Acquavella.
While the Munier Orchestra respects and honors its ethnic Italian origins, the ensemble is currently expanding its repertoire to celebrate the role of the mandolin (and other plucked string instruments) across diverse cultural traditions, from Brazilian choro to American Bluegrass.
The Munier Orchestra is proud to count one charter member - Elaine Peden - among its current membership.