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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