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Mandolin Orchestra Plucks Along in NWA

By Jose Lopez Bribiesca |

The Mandolin Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, circa 2014. Front row, from left: Jean Whelchel, Daniel Lancaster, Liz Finan. Back row, from left: Mark Lancaster, Inez Lancaster, Farren Mayfield, Max McCullough, Francie Fite, (visitor, name unknown), Linda Peck, Richard Stevens.

The Mandolin Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas is keeping the plucked string traditions of nations like Russia, Italy and Greece alive and modern in this community. The collective of more than a dozen accomplished and amateur musicians displays the power of the mandolin by playing arrangements in the public domain, along with standards from The Beatles,…