Mandolin strings strum in concert on June 13

Bob Knysz has been making music in Big Canoe for many years. Some have enjoyed his musical talents at Big Canoe’s monthly Acoustic Showcase.

But Bob has an alter ego as he’s one of the key players in the renowned Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation out of Atlanta. Not only is Bob musically represented as corporation president and concertmaster, but his talented wife Barbara is also part of the orchestra.

This group of mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, guitars and bass has been creating beautiful music since 1994. The ensemble of strings plays everything from Bach and Mozart to Joplin and the Beatles. Members also compose their own works which are a delight to the ear.

“The concert this year will feature a little bit of many different genres: classical, Americana, turn-of-the-century, jazz and even a few pop medleys that always makes for an interesting concert,” concert master Bob shared.

Bob also shared his thoughts about playing to our community. “Having lived and played music in this wonderful community for over seven years, my wife and I have developed an incredible friendship bond with the music community and so many of the residents here,” he said. “We love it in Big Canoe.”

Over the years, the orchestra has presented a musical treat for all in Big Canoe. This year their concert “Bach to Pop” will be held at the Big Canoe Chapel 4-5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13 General admission is $15 and can be put on Big Canoe lot charges or paid by cash or check at the door. Checks payable to “Big Canoe Chapel”.

For more information, visit the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra website,

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