Mandolin Orange made their symphony orchestra debut alongside the Colorado Symphony on Friday night at the sold-out Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, CO.

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The North Carolina-based duo, comprised of singer-songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz, were backed by the Colorado Symphony as they ran through a host of originals throughout the evening. In addition to Marlin’s comedic banter throughout the show, he played several instruments including an acoustic guitar and mandolin. Frantz played several instruments as well, including guitar and violin. At one point during the show, Marlin exclaimed that he “had never played First Mandolin in an orchestra before”, which garnered laughter from the crowd.

Before “The Hawk is a Mule”, Marlin told a story that inspired the tune, which involved the duo being unable to bring joints into Canada and how they wished they could get a hawk to fly them over the border. Following the last song of the set, “Wildfire”, the crowd gave an enormous standing ovation before a short encore.

Below, check out a gallery of photos courtesy of photographer Colin McKinley in addition to some fan-shot videos of the show.

Mandolin Orange continues a lengthy winter tour tonight in Salina, KS at The Stiefel Theatre before heading to Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK on January 19th. From there, they will head to Texas for several shows before heading to Louisianna, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan leading up to Avett Brothers at the Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Visit the band’s official website for tickets and more tour information.

Mandolin Orange – 1/17/20


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Mandolin Orange – 1/17/20

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