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Thornebridge 2017

Pictured above at Thornebridge

Back row: Lee Oliphant, Lisa Madetoja, Gordon Dong, Joan Duffy, Betty Varto, Shirley Miller, Irwin Ross, Marlene Giddens, Annette Oakes

Front row: Margreet Preston, Anne Stefanek, Medi Tarim, Catherine Sands, Hannah Govorchin. Nadia Anderson

Missing: Barbara Conrad, Carl Kober, Evelyn Kober, Mary Fraser, Barbie LaDouceur, Lala Hajdu

Our orchestra, the Melodious Mandolins, will perform anywhere from Whistler to Harrison Hot Springs, for care facilities, seniors' activity centres, private parties, or ethnic functions. We play old-time tunes and folk songs from around the world, with some occasional classical and seasonal flavour thrown in for good measure. Currently we perform two to four times per month. Contact Nadia at (604) 525-1516 for bookings. We prefer weekday evenings or weekends, since we are volunteers and some of us are still working.

Watch for our public performances at the Russian Community Centre bazaars and other ethnic festivals.

Our CD, Melodious Mandolins, was produced by Stephen Bulat of Mix Media Productions. Click here for a sample.

Orchestra news

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This year we played for Lyra Choir Seemansabend (sailor's night) despite some difficulties with snow. We also played for the grand opening of Killarney Seniors Centre June 28 and were joined on July 3 by Ernie Nicholls, a professor from Saskatchewan who now teaches mandolin out of White Rock Community Centre, to play at the Peninsula Senior Living. We finished the season playing at Berkley Care Centre in North Vancouver.

We are currently on a brief summer break but will be entertaining at St. Vincent's Langara for Grandparents Day.

.Come play with us

Playing music is a wonderful form of stress management. It requires so much concentration you have no time to worry about your problems.

Perhaps you learned mandolin as a child, or have come to it more recently? If you once played the violin, you will find it easy to play the mandolin, for the tuning is the same.

If you have never played mandolin, we have a couple of "trainer" instruments and one or two people who may be able to find time for a student. Contact the webmaster if you are interested in learning. Group or private lessons available.

We are always looking for new members, especially guitar, mandola and bass viol players. Mandolin players need to read notes, and guitar players need to be able to at least read chords in various keys. Some improvisation skills may be necessary for bass viol or mandola players, due to a lack of parts. There is a nominal charge of $10 for the music for new members. If you would like to join, or if you belong to an out of town orchestra and are visiting the lower mainland with your mandolin, call 604-433-2762 or e-mail us to find out the current practice date and location. We usually practice Wednesday nights in Burnaby or New Westminster in from 7 until 9.