Monadnock Center for History and Culture

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Monadnock Center for History and Culture hosts German music duo

Mare Duo, a highly-acclaimed classical music duo, will perform in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture on Sept. 22 at 3 p.m.

Featuring Annika Hinsche on mandolin and Fabian Hinsche on guitar, the couple has won more than 20 prizes in international competitions across all of Europe. Their concert career has spanned Europe, Japan, South America and the U.S.

The Hinsches are also well-regarded as teachers, both internationally and within Germany’s well-developed system of youth and community mandolin-guitar orchestras. In 2009, their NorthRhein Westfalia Zupforchester appeared at the Peterborough Townhouse.

Appearing with the Mare Duo will be the New England Mandolin Ensemble, a quartet directed by August Watters, professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The group also features Ted Mann, Charles Moser and John Zevos.

The mandolin was a popular instrument in Europe during the Baroque and Romantic eras. Eventually it became used more in folk music, and its use as a classical instrument declined. While Americans today are more apt to associate the mandolin with bluegrass music, musicians like Mare Duo are demonstrating the richness, variety and innovative possibilities in the classical arena as well.

Admission to the concert is $15 and $12 for seniors, students, and members of the Monadnock Center. Reservations may be made by calling 924-3235 or online at

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