Albert Bellson was Minnesota's mandolin maestro

Sep 29, 2016 454

Italian immigrant Albert Bellson was considered Minnesota's master mandolin player and teacher in the 1920s and '30s, an era when big string orchestras were all the rage.

Despite his lofty stature, Bellson took time every week to walk from his downtown St. Paul instrument shop and music school to the Rondo neighborhood. That's where he coached, cajoled and conducted a group of mostly African-American girls known as Taylor's Musical Strings.

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