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Ethel Altman and Sylvia Gross
Ethel Altman and Sylvia Gross

Ethel Altman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Miami with her family in 1940. Ethel's father taught her to play the mandolin at age 7, and she had an early career as a performing musician. As a teen, however, her life moved away from the stage. Now retired in Sarasota, she tells her friend Sylvia Gross that sometimes the music just won’t let you go.

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Ethel's Mandolin
Watch a slideshow about Ethel's lifelong love affair with her 1924 Gibson American mandolin.

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Overture from The Magic Flute, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arr. by Modern Mandolin Quartet, The Nutcracker Suite, Windham Hill Records

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