November 12, 2011 (Saturday)
The PMO played a concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church in the South Hillls as part of their Westminster Music & Arts series. In this concert, with the request of the organizer, we performed music from different cultural traditions, including Germany, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, Czech, Poland, Russia, Italy, Israel, Eastern Europe.
In this performance, we had a great opportunity to perform with special guest artists, Zeke Hutchison (Mandolin) and Dean Shumaker (Guitar). They played “Mood Indigo” and “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington. For their last piece, our member Gordon joined them and performed a medley of three bluegrass tunes—“Apple Blossom,” “Forked Deer,” and “Big Mon.”
This concert also features two small ensembles that consist of our orchestra members. The Riversong String Ensemble (Carol, Cheryl, David C., John, Judy, Mark and Ted) played three traditional pieces: “Scotland the Brave,” After the Battle of Aughrim,” “Shores of Ireland.” David T. and Jason—Mandolin-Mandola Duo—played “Lord Inchiquin” by Turlough O’Carolan.
Charley and Gordon also played “Shall I Go Down to the Stream” on Domras with the orchestra.
The entire concert was a great success. We are really grateful for the opportunity to play this concert for the Westminster Music & Arts series.