Join us in Milwaukee, October 25-29, 2017!

As hosts for the 2017 CMSA convention, the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra is excited to showcase our great city. The convention will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel, in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, and we are so looking forward to welcoming you. Put it on your calendar now – Oct 25-29, 2017!

Guest Artists

CMSA welcomes guest artists Julien Martineau and Alon Sariel, with composer-in-residence Victor Kioulaphides and conductor Jim Bates.

The Wednesday evening Welcome Party will feature music by the Don Stiernberg Trio. On Thursday, Julien and Rene Izquierdo (Milwaukee’s own classical guitar virtuoso) will perform as well as Alon and Elina Chekan (Milwaukee’s other classical guitar virtuoso and wife to Rene). The Friday evening concert will feature the Milwaukee duo of Mischa Litvin (domra) and Stas Venglevski (accordion) and the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra, the convention hosts. Both Julien and Alon will also have solo performances.

Julien Martineau is a much-sought-after concert mandolinist and recording artist who performs as a soloist in the world’s leading concert halls and festivals. He is professor at the Conservatoire de Toulouse, and has recorded the complete Preludes by Raffaele Calace, and has recently performed live on national TV in France at Victoires de la Musique Classique.

Julien will give a master class on Wednesday, October 25th as part of a pre-convention activity. Each musician in the master class will prepare a piece of their choice to perform in front of Julien and an intimate audience. Julien will use the piece to explain music, using specific parts in the piece and a general overview.

Alon Sariel, mandolinist, lutenist, and conductor, is at home in the fields of both early and new music. He was born and raised in Beersheba and now lives in Hanover. He is musical director of Concerto-Foscari, an international Baroque orchestra, and one of the founding members of PRISMA. He tours as a soloist and member of various ensembles throughout Europe, the US and Mexico, and the Middle and Far East. Alon will be hosting a pre-convention activity as well–a technique class on the evening of the 24th and the morning of the 25th.



Milwaukee is served by General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). Southwest has direct flights to MKE, and it’s served by United, American, and a number of other airlines.

In addition, Milwaukee is about 90 miles from Chicago. You could fly into O’Hare (ORD) or Midway (MDW). It’s an easy 90 minute drive outside of rush hour traffic.

If you fly in to one of the Chicago airports, you can take a coach bus to downtown Milwaukee.  Departures are relatively frequent.

Airport Transportation

Mitchell Airport has the standard set of car rental agencies, all of which have in-airport counters.

Taxis are available outside Baggage Claim 3. Uber and Lyft are available outside Baggage Claim 2.

Public Transportation is available through the Green Line bus, outside Baggage Claim 1. The stop at Water St and Kilbourn is the closest to the convention hotel. As of Jan 2017, fares are $2.25 one way; however, with the pre-purchased M-Card, one-way fares are $1.75. You can buy a one-day or seven-day pass, or simply add cash to the card.  More details about the M-Card here.

Check the MKE airport website for the most up-to-date information about ground transportation.


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