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Mother's Day Concert: Saturday, May 13

posted Apr 21, 2017, 8:24 AM by Mark Smith   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

Our annual Mother's Day show is Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless Township, Pennsylvania. Tickets can be purchased from our Square store. We hope to see you there!

A Christmas Concert: December 18, 2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 9:05 PM by Mark Smith   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 9:18 PM ]

We've had a marvelous year of music! Thank you so much to everyone who has attended our shows this year! We have really enjoyed performing for you. 

This holiday season brings a lot of classics and several new pieces written and/or arranged by our music directory, Charley Rappaport. Our only public show this season is December 18, so we would love to see you there. Tickets are available online or at the door. We expect this show to sell out, so please do not hesitate to buy your tickets in advance! 

Autumn 2016 Concert: October 8

posted Sep 29, 2016, 8:51 PM by Mark Smith   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 8:56 PM ]

We've been pretty busy this summer with new music and playing a few venues we've visited before over the years. We hope you'll join us on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 for our annual autumn concert featuring some old friends. Remember that you can always buy tickets online, as we expect this show will fill up fast.

Pittsburgh Mandolin Society Concert October 8 2016 at 7:00 PM at St. John/s Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless Township.

Mother's Day Concert: Saturday, May 7, 2016

posted Apr 30, 2016, 6:15 PM by Mark Smith

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra is very proud to present its annual Mother's Day Concert! Come see us in the gorgeous Highland Hall at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in McCandless Township, just a short drive from downtown Pittsburgh.

General Admission: $10
Seniors (60+): $7
Under 12: free

Tickets available at the door or in advance at:

This show will certainly sell out!

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra
Gary Burdick, vocals
Joe Svonavec, banjo
Charley Rappaport, conducting

With Special Guests: 
The Russian Balalaika Orchestra of Pittsburgh
The Bluegrass Company

2015 Christmas Concerts

posted Dec 2, 2015, 8:46 PM by Mark Smith   [ updated Dec 2, 2015, 9:06 PM ]

Join us for our annual Christmas concerts!

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Christmas concerts poster.
Sunday, December 13
3:00 PM

Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church
905 Mifflin Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

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Sunday, December 20
2:00 PM

St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland
311 Cumberland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Tickets for both concerts are $7.00 general admission. Seniors (60+) pay just $5.00. Children under 14 are admitted free of charge.

Purchase tickets at the door or purchase tickets online!

Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra Earns Ink and Eyeballs!

posted Dec 3, 2014, 5:46 PM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 5:47 PM ]

The December 2014 issue of North Hills Monthly magazine features a colorful story on the Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra. 20,000 printed copies of the magazine are distributed throughout North Hills communities. In addition, the story appears on the magazine's website, complete with a slideshow of our performers and events. Click here to see it

McKeesport International Village, Wednesday August 3, at 9pm

posted Aug 3, 2014, 11:32 AM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 11:33 AM ]

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra will again be performing at the McKeesport International Village on Wednesday August 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM. Come out and hear us!!  See attached flyer for details.

You’ll find more than a dozen booths selling freshly-made ethnic foods from around the world, continuous live entertainment, live music for dancing, crafts, community information and games, and short educational sessions about world cultures. This has been a Pittsburgh-area tradition for more than a half-century.


Christmas Concerts 2013

posted Jan 7, 2014, 9:43 AM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 9:48 AM ]

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society had a very busy holiday season.  The Pittsburgh Mandolin Orchestra was invited to join Mark Milovats for his holiday show at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh.  This annual event is a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the orchestra was glad to add their talents to the show, titled “Christmas in Hawaii”.  The holiday season also brought the orchestra back to some of our favorite venues, including Mars Presbyterian Church, Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church, and our rehearsal home, St. Johns Lutheran Church of Highland.  The orchestra played holiday favorites from around the world, including “Feliz Navidad”, “Czarna Madonna”, and “Maoz Tsur”.  Gary sang Elvis’s “Blue Christmas”, and then led the audience in singing some traditional favorites.  The Avjar Tamburitza Orkestar, consisting of Ron, Lois, Abby, Carl, Jason, Dick and Charley, traded their mandolins in to perform a traditional tamburitza number for the audiences.  And the PMO Bluegrass Company, consisting of Valerie, Jason, Charley, Mark, and guest banjo player Jason Buzan, wowed the audience with their rendition of the Bill Monroe classic, “Christmastimes A’Comin”.

The Society’s small ensembles were very busy too.  Riversong String Ensemble, consisting of Ron, Jan, Carol, Dave, Mark and Gary, made return appearances at some private holiday parties this year.  They performed traditional holiday tunes, and beautiful adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.  Gary wowed the audiences with his rendition of “Ave Maria”.  Mostly Mandolins, consisting of Joan, Joyce, Abby and Dave, made an appearance at Phipps Conservatory.  Decorated for the holidays, the Conservatory drew thousands of visitors who could hear their beautiful music as they wandered through the exhibits.

Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

PMO Bluegrass Company

The Avjar Tamburitza Orkestar

Summer & Fall Concerts

posted Jan 7, 2014, 9:41 AM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 9:41 AM ]

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society did some unusual events during the summer and fall of 2013.  The Mandolin Orchestra was invited to play at the International Village in McKeesport for the first time.  This multi-ethnic festival has been drawing crowds of over 20,000 people for over 50 years, and the mandolin orchestra was very well received.  Later in August, we were invited to play at the Cumberland Woods Village.  The audience members loved the sound of the orchestra, and were thrilled by the sultry vocals of guest artist Alexandra Korshin on “Wayfaring Stranger”.   The orchestra members were happy to spot one of our original members, Mark Evans, in the audience.

Over the summer, the members of the Riversong String Ensemble found themselves needing to revisit the “animal” songs in their repertoire.  Surrounded by some furry friends at Mifflin Avenue UMC’s first ever “Blessing of the Animals”, they played Henry Mancini’s classics, “Pink Panther” and “Baby Elephant Walk”.  Staying in the “animal” theme, they also played a fund-raiser for Living in Liberty, a new shelter for abused women that allows them to bring their pets with them.

Spring Concert 2013

posted Sep 21, 2013, 8:36 PM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Sep 21, 2013, 8:38 PM ]

The Pittsburgh Mandolin Society barely had time to put their holiday repertoire to rest for next year, when we started rehearsing for a very busy spring concert schedule.

The Mars Presbyterian Church so enjoyed the appearance by the Riversong String Ensemble in December that they invited the full orchestra back to perform on March 10th.  The audience responded enthusiastically to Charley’s mesmerizing mandolin technique on the traditional “Karapet”, and many compliments were received after the show.

On April 14, the orchestra traveled to Oil City to participate in the “Arts in the Transit” Series.  Ron briefly traded his mandolin for the custom-made oud that he picked up on his recent trip to Morocco, and played a traditional Middle Eastern tune for the audience.  The Mandolinisti Italiani Quartet played traditional Italian songs on the mandolin, and Gary demonstrated his versatility by singing “O Sole Mio”, “Danny Boy”, and Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More”.

The orchestra’s traditional Mother’s Day concert was held at St. John’s Church of Highland on May 11th.  Father and daughter duo Hannah and Suguru made their first featured appearance together as soloists, playing Vivaldi’s Mandolin Concerto while the orchestra backed them.  The Gypsy Strings also played a portion of the concert, with their violinist George Batyi joining the orchestra as the soloist for “Csardas”.

The following weekend, the Riversong String Ensemble was invited to play at the National Road Festival.  Performing in a historic church in Brownsville, the audience was blown away by a very pregnant and beautiful Emily singing the traditional ballad “The Wild Goose”, and Gary singing the poignant “Misty”.  Then the instrumentalists promptly changed the mood by switching their mandolins to banjos, and playing the raucous “Jackson Stomp”.

On June 15, the Riversong String Ensemble had a return engagement at the Economy Boro Community Days.  Being a local resident, Philip sat in with the band and demonstrated his octave mandolin for his neighbors on some traditional numbers like “The Pennsylvania Polka”, “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, and “The Year of Jubilo”.

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