The Monaro Folk Society
in association with The Canberra Mandolin Orchestra
Concert with the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra
1 September 2018 at the Albert Hall
2.30 to 4pm
Prior to the Colonial Ball, at the historic Albert Hall, the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra (CMO) will present a concert featuring a history of social dance in Australia from earliest colonial times until the new vogue era with possibly some coverage of dances from other cultures. It will involve the CMO playing a selection of dance tunes from that period, hopefully together with demonstrations of various dances and how dances are called.
Tickets for the concert are just $20, however MFS members and anyone who has bought a Colonial Ball ticket will be offered a discounted price of $15. Tickets available at the door, or call 0407 431 332.
So, if you a local, why not enjoy a relaxing and informative concert in the afternoon, prior to getting ready for the Ball. If you from outside of Canberra, here’s an excuse for arriving early.
Formed in 2003, the CMO brings together players of mandolin, mandola, mandocello, guitar and bass. It keeps alive the rich tradition of the mandolin groups that emerged in the first couple of decades of the 20th century. The CMO’s repertoire is very wide showing the versatility of its musicians. Click here to go to the CMO website.
The home of civic and cultural activities in the national capital, Albert Hall (- location map) was opened in 1928, the year after Old Parliament House. It was Canberra’s concert hall, theatre, exhibition space and the venue for lectures, balls and socials. As the place for civic assembly, it housed congresses, conferences and protest meetings.
Opening the building on 10 March 1928, Prime Minister Stanley Melbourne Bruce declared Albert Hall would encourage ‘everything that will uplift the Australian people – a centre from which will radiate all those aspirations that are truly national’ (Canberra Times, 12 March 1928).