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The Central Illinois Roots of Lloyd Loar and the Growth and Development of the Mandolin Orchestra Tradition in America . The mandolin orchestra was extremely popular at the turn of the 20th century in America. This presentation and demonstration will be about its rise and fall—and rise again—in popularity. It will also be about the Illinois roots of musical virtuoso and acoustic engineer, Lloyd Loar.

Each month, the Paul Mickey Learning Series features a different speaker and topic in the Auditorium at the Illinois State Museum.

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