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The Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara

Niagara Music Awards World Group of the Year 2011

Welland Arts and Culture Award 2012 music notes

Enjoyed the great turnout for our fall concert, "Just for Fun" with McPherson's Rant.

We are thrilled to be performing in Robertson Hall in the new Performing Arts Centre St. Catharines for the Folk Arts Festival on Sunday, May 29. The MOON will close the festival with a concert starting at approximately 5:00. Closing ceremonies will follow. Admission is free, so hope you can come out and give a listen

Concert mistress Rose Stacey, along with orchestra members Olga Polywjanyi and Sharryn Oleskiw, will be performing in a trio at the Welland Rose Festival Day in the Park on Sunday, June 19. This will take place in the Rose Garden in Chippawa Park at 2:00.

The MOON is also returning to the Rose Festival World Ball, held at Casa Dante in Welland on Friday, June 24. Tickets include an excellent Italian dinner, and are available through the Welland Heritage Council for just $22.

Plans are underway for a fall concert at the Welland Wellness Complex Theatre. Stay tuned for details and date.

With the most recent increase in postage costs we are finding it quite expensive to do mailings. If you are on our mailing list and would like to be informed by phone, or email, please contact our mailing committee. We do not share our list with anyone, and send out only one mailing per concert

You may wish to check out a sample of a recent rehearsal

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About the MOON

International favourites, North American tunes, Broadway hits, Celtic music, Pops, light classics - the Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara (MOON) does it all! Under the direction of Sylvia Hlywka Brabson, this group of musicians presents a wide range of music sure to delight any audience.

The Mandolin Orchestra of Niagara, winners of the Niagara Music Awards World Group of the Year in 2011, is a modern ensemble capable of providing music to suit any mood or occasion. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at Casa Dante Hall in Welland. Although the mandolin and mandolin family instruments are the backbone of the group, an eclectic mixture of other instruments is utilized to compliment the mood and enhance the performances. The orchestra is frequently accompanied by talented guest artists.

The members of the MOON were proud to be selected for the Welland Arts and Culture Award for 2012. This is a great honour for the orchestra.

The orchestra has entertained audiences on both sides of the border. Past highlights include a Beatles Concert at Lancaster Opera House in Lancaster, New York; a guest performance with the Niagara Symphony; a Ukrainian Show at the Niagara Concert Series in Niagara Falls, Ontario; and combined concerts with the Niagara Regional Police Men's Choir, Sweet Harmony, and BroadBand.

For a sample of a MOON performance, check out "Colours" concert

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