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Upcoming Performances

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This concert is dedicated to founding member and mandobassist
CARL AGAR
who died September 18th, 2018 at age 60


About Us

We are a group of enthusiastic mandolinists who have banded together to create a small orchestra. We gather on Sunday mornings at 11:30 at the Theatre on King, 171 King Street, Peterborough, Ontario, October to April, to practise unique arrangements of pieces from a variety of musical genres.

   




< Photo after the 2015 Spring Concert


The Mandolin Society at Sadleir House in2011

Instruments played in the orchestra are the mandolin, octave mandolin, mandocello and mandobass (that large one on the left above).

 

 

 

We gratefully acknowledge the City of Peterborough for its support in presenting us with several Community Project Grants.
 
 

< Practising at The Theatre on King

 

 

 

 

 

 

< The Mandolin Society in 2009


The Mandolin Society in 2008 ^


 

 

< The Mandolin
Society in 2004

 

 


How did the Mandolin Society come to be?

Our founder and conductor, Curtis Driedger, initiated the Mandolin Society in 2003 in the front room of his home, but it soon outgrew the available space and moved to the Peterborough Art School studio at the Charlotte Mews. Practices have been held at the Peterborough Arts Umbrella building, at Sadleir House, and, more recently, at The Theatre on King.

 

 

Who can join the Mandolin Society?

The Society is for amateur mandolin players, or professionals who have patience with same. Fairly regular attendance at Sunday morning practices is needed. We play from musical scores, so some expertise at reading music or willingness to learn is needed. Beginning readers can sometimes get by with a sound recorder and extra practice at home.

What styles of music are played?

We play a little of everything - waltzes, show tunes, reels, techno-pop, blues, even a few original compositions......and try not to take it all too seriously.

 


Past Performances

2018 Concert

2017 Concert


2016 Concert

2015 Concert

2014 Concert


2013 Concert

St. John's is located at 99 Brock Street. This is east of Water Street and one block north of Hunter in Peterborough, Ontario.

The Mandolin Society performed as part of the

Sadleir House "Open House"

751 George Street North, Peterborough, ON

Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 1:00 p. m.


The Mandolin Society participated in the

2011 In From the Cold Christmas Concert

in support of the Youth Emergency Shelter.

Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th 8:00 p.m.
Market Hall, George Street, Peterborough.


The Mandolin Society participated in two Peterborough events on July 27, 2011:

  • We entertained at a tea party at St. Joseph's at Fleming Long Term Care Home in the afternoon.
  • In the evening we took part in Music on the Lawn at Sadleir House (751 George Street).


 
 

 

The Mandolin Society participated in the 11th annual

In From the Cold Concert
in support of the
Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 10, 2010, at
Showplace




The Mandolin Society's 5th annual Spring Concert
Friday, June 4th, 2010

with SPECIAL GUESTS:
Davey Jones' Locker
Peterborough's own
Conch Shell Ensemble directed by Justin Hiscox

St. John's Anglican Church Guild Hall


The Mandolin Society participated in the 10th annual

In From the Cold Concert
in support of the
Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 10 & 11, 2009, at the
Market Hall on George Street


 

     


MANDOMONIUM
June 5, 2009
at Beth Israel Synagogue,
775 Weller St., Peterborough, Ontario

 

 

Ontario Heritage Concert - May 30, 2009

The Mandolin Society entertained at the Ontario Heritage Conference banquet, under a giant tent at Millenium Park. Not shown in the photo is the scary thunder and hailstorm that descended partway through the concert!

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In From the Cold Concert,
December 11 & 12, 2008

Market Hall, Peterborough, Ontario

(proceeds to the Youth Emergency Shelter)


Alley Waltz 2008 - The Disappearing Stage
July 17 & 18, 2008, Hunter Street, Peterborough
A psycho-geographical tour of the Hunter Street hood, and the drama that dwells within.
The Mandolin Society provided strolling musical accompaniment for this event.




  Folkways Sundays at the Lang Pioneer Village
featured the Mandolin Society of Peterborough on
June 29, 2008


The Mandolin Society of Peterborough's third annual concert!

 





In From the Cold Concert
in support of the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter

December 13 & 14, 2007
at the Market Hall on George Street


The Mandolin Society performed three pieces: Patapan, Lo How A Rose, and the Burt Medley


 


TWELVE DAYS OF ARTSPACE
FUNDRAISING EVENT

on Sunday, November 25, 2007

 
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for more information about this great organization!




The Mandolin Society membership, still smiling after the concert!
 

 


Mostly Modern Music
Performed
Plectrophonically

by the Region's Foremost
Mandolin Orchestra

Friday, June 8, 2007
St. John's Church Hall, Peterborough, Ontario



"Goddess for a Day" Event
January 24, 2007

Members of the Mandolin Society provided entertainment to ladies who had made generous donations to the United Way in exchange for an evening of relaxation and pampering at Peterborough Square.




 

 

 

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 7 & 8, 2006

 

 

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society once again performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall, Peterborough:

  • The Alfred Burt Medley: Carolling, Carolling/Come Dear Children; Bright, Bright the Holly Berry
  • Pat-a-Pan
  • Carol of the Bells
 


 

 

 

Peterborough Festival of Trees
November 26, 2006
Peterborough Memorial Centre

 

Among many other community groups, the Mandolin Society of Peterborough entertained at the Festival Stage to raise money to improve health care in the Peterborough area.






 

 

Five Centuries of Music played by a Multitude of Mandolins

Friday, June 9, 2006, St. John's Anglican Church Hall





Emergency #14
Peterborough New Dance Festival
March 24 & 25, 2006

The Mandolin Society accompanied the Juanita O'Dang Singers and dancers Kate Story and Michael Morritt in a performance piece entitled "Joy of Blood".


   

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 8 & 9, 2005

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

I Saw Three Ships
What Child is This?
Carol of the Bells


Rigoletto In Bluegrass - the film
August 28, 2005

The Mandolin Society appeared in Rob Swale's film adaptation of the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppi Verdi, performing the Prelude and Introduction from the opera at the Peterborough Folk Festival.

   

 

In From the Cold Concert
December 9 & 10, 2004

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three selections as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

I Saw Three Ships
Huron Carol
Carol of the Bells

 


Art School of Peterborough Fund Raiser
May 6, 2004

Members of the Society played for the enjoyment of Art patrons at a sale and show to raise money for the art school.

 

  In From the Cold Concert
December 12, 2003

To assist in raising money for the Peterborough Youth Emergency Shelter, the Society performed three pieces as part of this annual concert at the Market Hall:

Lo, How a Rose
Huron Carol
I Saw Three Ships

 



Current Repertoire

THE ATCHISON, TOPEKA AND THE SANTA FE
Harry Warren / arr. Curtis Driedger

BETWEEN THE SHADOWS
Loreena McKennitt / arr. Jerry Vis

BLUE MONK
Thelonius Monk / arr. Curtis Driedger

THE CHASE
Jerry Vis / arr/ J. Vis

CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
Dave Holland / arr. Carlos Beceiro

FAIR PHYLLIS
John Farmer / arr. Norma White

GING HEUT' MORGAN UBER'S FELD
Gustave Mahler / arr. Norma White

HALF AWAKE WALTZ
Gerry Hayward / arr. C. Driedger

LUJON
Henry Mancini / arr. C. Driedger

LULLABY OF THE LEAVES
Bernice Petkere / arr. C. Driedger

MOONDANCE
Van Morrison / arr. C. Driedger

 

MOODY MEDLEY
Anne Delong / arr. Anne Delong

NIGHT TRAIN
Blues; Jimmy Forrest & Duke Ellington / arr. Curtis Driedger

NOW IS THE HOUR
Maewa Kaihan, Clement Scott, Dorothy Steward

NOTE TO SELF
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

PATA PATA
Miriam Makeba / arr. C. Dreidger

SPANISH DANCE No. 2
Enrique Granados / arr. Norma White

STONE'S RAG
Traditional / arr. C. Driedger

TO A WILD ROSE
Edward MacDowell / arr. C. Driedger

THE WHISTLER AND HIS DOG
Arthur Pryor / arr. C. Driedger

Original Compositions by MSOP members

ALLIS CHALMERS
Jerry Vis / arr. Jerry Vis

ARAN’S BARKEEP, THE
Strathspey; T.S. Istok / arr. T.S. Istok

CHEWING GUM BLUES
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

CLOCK ON THE WALL, THE
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

DREAMER'S WALTZ
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

FIRST FLIGHT
Jerry Vis / arr. J. Vis

GOOSEBERRY STUMBLE
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

JESSE’S WEDDING WALTZ
T.S. Istok / arr. T.S. Istok A LAST GOLDEN HOUR
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

MANDOLIN WIDOW'S PLAINT, THE
Clifford Ballantine / arr. C. Ballantine

 

NORWOOD DANCE/ASPHODEL SWING
Gerry Haywood / arr. C. Driedger

OTONABEE
Jerry Vis / arr. J. Vis

THE SEVERWRIGHT WALTZ/SANDI AND CAMERON'S NIGHT OUT
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

SILVER STREET STRIDE
Anne Delong /arr. A. Delong

TAKE A CHANCE / TEA AND TOAST
Anne Delong / arr. A. Delong

TO HADES AND BACK
Norma White / arr. N. White

TWO STEP MEDLEY
Anne Delong / arr. Anne Delong

UNCLE MARTIN'S BAROQUEBEQUE
Clifford Ballantine/ arr. C. Ballantine

THE WEEDS OF SOUTH CENTRAL ONTARIO
Curtis Driedger / arr. C. Driedger

WISHING WELL
Dianne Latchford / arr. D. Latchford

Selected Past Repertoire

AUTOBAHN
Techno-pop; Barrie Gleddon, John Horrocks / arr. Curtis Driedger

BLUE RIVER WALTZ
Jan Ungar / arr. C. Driedger

CARAVAN
Duke Ellington / arr. C. Driedger

CENTERPIECE
Hendricks & Edison / arr. C. Driedger

THE DARGASON
Gustav Holst / arr. C. Driedger

FLATBUSH WALTZ
Andy Statman / arr. C. Driedger

GAVOTTE
George Frederick Handel / arr. C. Ballantine

GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY, THE
Ennio Morricone / arr. C. Driedger

HARLEM NOCTURNE
Earle Hagen / arr. C. Driedger

HORSESHOES AND RAINBOWS
Oliver Schroer / arr. C. Driedger

JITTERBUG WALTZ
Fats Waller / arr. C. Driedger

L AND N RAG
Traditional / arr. C. Driedger

LISTEN TO THE MOCKINGBIRD
Septimus Winner and Richard Milburn / arr. A. Delong

LONELY BULL, THE
Sol Lake / arr. C. Driedger

LOVER'S PLEA, A
Larry Unger / arr. A. Delong

LUCKY PENNY
Larry Unger / arr. L. Unger & A. Delong

MISTY
Errol Garner / arr. C. Driedger

MOVE IT ON OVER
Western Swing; Hank Williams / arr. C. Driedger

NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Woody Herman and Chubby Jackson / arr. C. Driedger

O LA, O CHE BON ECHO
Roland D'Lassus / arr. Norma White

 

PARRISH WALTZ
Bonnie Dawson / arr. A. Delong

THE PEANUT VENDOR
Moises Simons / arr. C. Driedger

PRELUDE TO A KISS
Edward Kennedy, Duke Ellington / arr. C. Driedger

PRAYERFUL HYMN
Oliver Schroer / arr. Oliver Schroer

REIMEI
Kojiki Kitaro / arr. C. Driedger

RIGOLETTO - PRELUDE
Opera; Giuseppe Verdi / arr. C. Driedger

RIGOLETTO - INTRODUCTION
Opera; Giuseppe Verdi / arr. C. Driedger

ROAD TO LISDOONVARNA
Irish Traditional arr. Anne Delong

ROSASOLIS
Simon Jeffes / arr. J. Lang

ROUTE 66
Nelson Riddle / arr. C. Driedger

SOMETHING
George Harrison / arr. C. Driedger

SOMETHING STUPID
C. Carson Parks / arr. C. Driedger

STOLEN MOMENTS   
Oliver Nelson/ arr. C. Driedger

SUMMER PLACE/SLEEPWALK
Max Steiner - Farina, Farina & Farina / arr. C. Driedger

SURE BEATS ME
Dan Hicks, John Girton & Sid Page / arr. C. Driedger

SWINGTOWN
Steve Miller / arr. C. Driedger

TEMPTATION RAG
Thomas Henry Lodge / arr. C. Driedger

THEME FOM GUNSMOKE
Glenn Spencer & Rex Koury / arr. C. Driedger

THIRD MAN THEME
Anton Caras/ arr. C. Driedger

WALK, DON’T RUN
Jazz; Johnny Smith / arr. C. Driedger

WATCHING THE DETECTIVES
Elvis Costello / arr. C. Driedger



Links

Musicians

Current Active Members

Clifford Ballantine
David Berger
Andrew Bigg
Anne Delong
Curtis Driedger
Rob Fortin
Jim Gleason
Roy Hagman

Gerry Haywood
Dianne Latchford

Kristy McLaren
Karen Mooney
Susan Newman
Barbara Ratz
Joy Simmonds

Jerry Vis
Norma White

Former and/or Occasional Members

Carl Agar
Bill Astell
Ken Brown
Douglas Cameron
Ron Craig

Maureen Culhane
Cathy Forgie
Em Glasspool
Sam Gleason

Lynn Hainer
Jo Harris
John Hoffman
Amy Holmes

Tunde "Charlie" Istok
Jeni Janz
John Lang
Michael Ketemer

Maxine Mann
Judy Marshall
Elaine McCarthy
Leana Nykvist
Michelle Prins
Kathy Reid
Don Skuce
Patricia Stone
Oriah Wiersma

 

Connections

Organizations

Art School of Peterborough
ArtSpace
Canadian Amateur Musicians
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre

Peterborough New Dance
Peterborough Festival of Trees
Peterborough Folk Festival
Youth Emergency Shelter

Other Mandolin Orchestras


Musical Groups

Hurly Burly Medieval Ensemble (Roy and Barb)
The Convivio Chorus (Susan, Dianne, Curtis, Rob, John H., David)
Pine Ridge Bluegrass and Folklore Society (Anne)
Durham Region Folk Circle (Anne)

Carried Away (Susan, Rob, Michael, John H.)
Pays d'en Haut (Curtis, Jim)
Latchford and Greig (Dianne)
McDonnel Street Gospel Quartet (Curtis, Dianne)
Pine Saps (Andrew, Curtis, David)
X Pollinators (Curtis, David)
Chester Babcock (Rob, Sue, John H.)
Corktown Fiddlers (Anne, Maureen)


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