Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble with Gabe Locati, Mike Fox and John Lionarons

By Kelly Center (other events)

Saturday, October 22 2022 7:30 PM 9:30 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Mandolin & Guitar Ensemble performs the exciting music of the classical mandolin & guitar. The musical selections focus on a sound where classical and folkloric music meet. Rhythms including rumbas, tangos, mazurkas, polkas, waltzes, tarantellas, marches among others. The library of the ensemble includes hundreds of pieces dating back to 1890 as well as modern compositions. Mandolins, Mandolas, Mandocellos and Spanish guitar create a sound both romantic and dynamic. Join us as we perform the music we love on instruments to which we are dedicated.

Gabriel Locati is a current student at Temple University studying mandolin performance with Allen Krantz. He is a native of the Philadelphia area and has performed on mandolin and mandocello in the Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, the Philadelphia Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble, and the East Coast Mandolin Orchestra. Before attending Temple University, Gabriel studied with Patrick Mercuri. In 2019, Gabriel placed 2nd in the Rowan University Concerto Competition, Junior division.

Mike Fox is a student of Mandolin tradition. Most people don’t think of the mandolin as a jazz instrument. But jazz mandolin has a small but dedicated community, pioneered by Dave Appolon, Jethro Burns, and Tiny Moore and carried on today by Don Stiernberg, Will Patton, Paul Glasse, and others. Mike Fox will lead a small combo, playing a few jazz standards. We hope you hip cats dig what we’re puttin’ down!

John Lionarons of Lansdowne, PA is the 2022 National Hammer Dulcimer Champion.  He is best known for his 20 year stint as an historic interpreter, performing colonial era music at the many historic sites in Old City.  He is a seven-time finalist in the dulcimer contest, and has also received three Barrymore Award nominations for Best Music and Sound Design.  John has appeared on and off Broadway, in regional theater, at folk venues all over  America, and has toured in both The Netherlands and Italy.  A 15+ multi-instrumentalist, he has been playing the dulcimer for nearly 50 years, both as a soloist as well as in a variety of musical ensembles.

Advance Discount Tickets: Adults $10.  Students $5.  Advance Discount sales close 5 pm day of show.  Door Price: Adults $15. Students $10

BYOB is welcome for an additional $5 donation per drinker.   Must be 21 to consume alcohol. Disposable cups provided.

Doors open at 7:00 pm.  7:30 show.  

Free Parking in Oakmont Municipal lot behind Kelly Center off Darby Road.

This show will NOT be LiveStreamed on YouTube or Facebook.

The Kelly Center is operated by Kelly Music for Life, Inc., a non-profit 501c3 pure public charity that supports Music Education, the Arts, and other community initiatives.  For more information visit

For all events, we are focusing on SAFETY.  We have improved air filtration inside the Kelly Center for the safety of Customers, Staff and Performers.  We have upgraded to Hospital Grade HEPA air filtration, Negative Air Ion filters and Apple Catechin filters with antiviral and antibacterial properties.  These upgrades trap and deactivate microscopic bacteria and viruses, and can diminish or prevent the spread of diseases. Our HVAC draws in fresh air from outside, completely turning the inside air over every 5 minutes. We open the windows when appropriate to improve fresh air flow.

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