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The 2012 Holiday Concert Series

posted Sep 21, 2013, 8:34 PM by Suguru Ishizaki   [ updated Sep 21, 2013, 8:40 PM ]

This year marked some big changes to our traditional holiday concerts. Several members temporarily traded their mandolins for tamburitza instruments, and performed traditional European holiday carols on them. Cantor Ben sang Maoz Tsur to honor the Chanukah season, and the PMO Chorus led the audiences in singing traditional carols.  Audiences were also treated to the sound of the rarely-heard octave mandolin, when Philip sat in with the Riversong String Ensemble to play Archangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto”.  Anxious to show off all of these new and exciting works, the orchestra made three return appearances to some of our favorite venues, making for a very busy and fun holiday season in 2012. 

 On December 2nd, we performed for our good friends at the First Christian Church in Weirton, and then joined them for homemade cookies and punch after the concert.  This was an especially busy day for the members of the Riversong String Ensemble, who had also made a trip earlier that morning to the historic Mars Presbyterian Church.  They performed a beautiful adaptation of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for the parishioners there.

On December 9th, we performed at our rehearsal home, the beautiful St. John’s Lutheran Church of Highland.  This concert happened to coincide with St. John’s astonishing living recreation of the Village of Bethlehem, giving much added meaning to the day.

On December 16, we performed at Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church.  This was the first time that many of our members met their new Pastor, Kelly Smith, and the first time that she had heard a mandolin orchestra! 

On December 23, the seven members of the Riversong String Ensemble braved the inclement weather to play outdoors on a (thankfully) heated stage at the newly constructed European Village in Market Square.  The holiday shoppers were even braver – standing out in the cold to listen with rapt attention to the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and enthusiastically singing carols with Emily and Gary as the instrumentalists tried to keep their very cold fingers moving.