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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.