Upcoming Performances

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Old Ship Parish Hall

107 Main St. Hingham, MA
Sunday, November 16, 2008  3:30 pm

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is one of America's leading mandolin ensembles. Under the direction of Mark Davis, the Orchestra has performed classical and contemporary works throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. This concert, sponsored by the Boston Classical Guitar Society, brings the PMO's unique sound to the Parish Hall of Hingham's historic Old Ship Church. The program will include works by J.S. Bach, Betty Beath, J. Andriessen, Olaf Naslund, as well as the Orchestra's composer in residence, Owen Hartford. For more information visit the PMO at www.mandolin-orchestra.org.

Directions:

From R.I.: Take I-95 North to exit 12 (I-93 N, Boston) on right. Take exit 7 (rt-3 S, Cape Cod) on right. Take Route 3, to the exit #14 marked Route 228, Rockland/ Nantasket. Follow 228 in the direction of Nantasket. After crossing a four-way stoplights intersection (at Route 53) this becomes Main Street, Hingham. After about 4 miles route 228 takes a sharp right. Within the next mile, the road comes to a Dependable Cleaners on the left: Turn left on Main Street just before the cleaners, leaving Route 228. The Church will be the second church on the right, a big mustard yellow building on a hill, on the right after about of a mile. The Parish House is diagonally across the street at 107 Main Street. It is a big gray building with a circular drive set well back from the street.

 

 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

Director: Mark Davis
First Mandolin: Joshua Bell (concertmaster), Michael Cappelli, Yvette Cote, Duane Golomb, Chang Lee
Second Mandolin: Lynne Bell, Christine Chito, Owen Hartford, Paul Wilde
Mandola:  Mack, Johnston, Robert Margo, Will Melton, Gayle Raposa
Mandocello: Seth Gruenwald, Dan Moore, Matt Synder
Classical Guitar: Mark, Armstrong, Beverly Davis, John Dennewitz
Bass: Gino Cicchetti, David Parr

2008 Highlights

Toulouse France

Sunday, June 29th and Wednesday, July 2nd

 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Mark Davis, Director

 
Palladio Karl Jenkins
   
A Lament for the Death of Polite Language Robert Schultz
   
Canzone Jurriaan Andriessen (1925-1996)
   
Cinco Piezas Luis Gianneo (1897-1968)
   Joshua Bell, mandolin solo arr. J. Craton
Vidala-Cancion Incaica-Chacarera-Cancion de Cuna-Zapateado
 
Pause
 
The Cat in Springtime Mark Davis
   
Gretel Dreaming: A Song Cycle Owen Hartford
Afternoon-Evening-Morning
   Rachel Panitz, violin solo  
   
Lament for Kosovo Betty Beath
   
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
  arr. R. Kay
   
Fine

 

Program Notes

By Robert A. Margo

As a classical instrument, the mandolin has its origins in the eighteenth century, but it was around the turn of the twentieth century that the instrument reached its zenith of popularity in the Old and New Worlds. By World War I interest in the mandolin had largely died out in America, but the instrument retained a passionate following in other countries, particularly in Europe and Japan. Beginning in the 1970s the United States has experienced a revival of interest in classical mandolin. This evening's concert features the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Rhode Island), one of the leading classical mandolin ensembles in the United States.

The repertoire for mandolin orchestra includes arrangements and original works. Famous as the theme music for a De Beers (diamond) commercial, “Palladio”, by the British composer Karl Jenkins, has been expertly arranged for mandolin ensemble by Alex Timmerman, director of the Dutch ensemble ‘Het Consort’. Timmerman also arranged "Canzone" by Jurrian Andriessen, a Dutch composer known for his film and theatrical music. The Argentine composer Luis Gianneo made extensive use of folk idioms such as in the "Cinco Piezas [Five Pieces]" for violin and piano written in 1942. Mandolin aficionados treasure a 1960s LP recording by the German mandolinist Jacob Thomas that included Gianneo's setting of three of the pieces ("Chacarera", "Vidala", and "Zapateado") for solo mandolin and string orchestra which were presented in a different order from the original and called the "Suite Argentina" on the album jacket. The American composer John Craton recently made his own arrangement of all five pieces for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra with the original order and title restored, and it is the Craton version that the PMO performs this evening. Although one does not normally associate 1980s "glam" rock and roll with the mandolin, Robert Kay's arrangement of Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" is highly effective and surprisingly faithful to the original.

The remaining works on the program are original compositions for mandolin orchestra. Filled with piquant chords and oblique melodic gestures, the three songs of "Gretel Dreaming" can be performed with the melody line played on violin (this evening by Rachel Panitch) or sung (by soprano). Robert Schultz, the conductor of the West Australian Mandolin Orchestra, has written many works for plucked strings. His "Lament for the Death of Polite Language" bemoans the current (mis)-use of the English language in daily life, "debased, shallow in content, full of clichés." "Where," he asks "is the new generation of poets?" The musical language is hued with nostalgic Scottish melodies and harmonies, wistfully recalling a richer and more colorful era of expression. Written originally for the Sydney Mandolins, Betty Beath's "Lament for Kosovo" has been performed worldwide in a later version for string orchestra. The composer remarks that "Lament for Kosovo" was "written … [at] a time when the tragic events taking place in what was previously Yugoslavia were constantly before us in graphic images; since then the tragedy has widened to many parts of the world. Feelings of deep sadness and anger were uppermost in my heart and mind … 'Lament for Kosovo' expresses sorrow for the suffering of all innocent people caught up in war and destruction." "Music for Play" by Claudia Mandonico is a powerful three movement that draws its inspiration from popular idioms as does Mark Davis' homage to his pet cat, one of the PMO's signature pieces.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is under the direction of Mark Davis. Mr. Davis pursues an active career as a solo and ensemble performer, educator, and conductor. The Providence Mandolin Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of the D'Addario Foundation.

Copies of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra's CD Spectrum will be available for purchase at today’s concert. Visit the website of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra to purchase Spectrum on-line and to learn more about the orchestra: www.mandolin-orchestra.org. Visit www.youtube.com/ProvidenceMandolin to see videos of vintage and recent performances by the PMO. www.mandolin-orchestra.org. Visit www.youtube.com/ProvidenceMandolin to see videos of the PMO.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

Director: Mark Davis
First Mandolin: Joshua Bell (concertmaster), Michael Cappelli, Yvette Cote, Duane Golomb, Chang Lee, Rachel Panitz
Second Mandolin: Lynne Bell, Christine Chito, Owen Hartford, Paul Wilde
Mandola:  Will Melton, Gayle Raposa
Mandocello: Seth Gruenwald, Dan Moore, Matt Synder
Classical Guitar: Beverly Davis, John Dennewitz
Bass: Gino Cicchetti
Violin: Rachel Panitz

HET CONSORT (with special guests, The Providence Mandolin Orchestra)

The Zuiderkerk Zuiderkerkstraat 31 (8011 HE) Zwolle, Netherlands Saturday, July 5, 20.00 hours

Het Consort
Alex Timmerman, Director

 
Variations on a Basque Melody Victor Kioulaphides
  Arr. J. Craton
   
Aria & Danza Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
  Arr. A. Timmerman
   
   
**Bloeman van Spanje John Craton
Horned Red Poppy-Myrtle-Centaury-Broomrape-Bellflower-Wistaria arr. J. Craton
   Mark Davis, duo classical guitar  
   Beverly Davis, duo classical guitar  
 
Pause
 
 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Mark Davis, Director

 
The Cat in Springtime Mark Davis
   
Gretel Dreaming: A Song Cycle Owen Hartford
Afternoon-Evening-Morning
   Rachel Panitz, violin solo  
   
Cinco Piezas Luis Gianneo (1897-1968)
   Joshua Bell, mandolin solo arr. J. Craton
Vidala-Cancion Incaica-Chacarera-Cancion de Cuna-Zapateado
 
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen
  arr. R. Kay
   
Pause
 

Het Consort and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra

 
Lament for Kosovo Betty Beath
   
Canzone I Jurriaan Andriessen (1925-1996)
  Arr. A. Timmerman
   

Impressioni Orientale, Op. 146

Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)
Fine
 
*European Premiere      ** World Premiere

 

Program Notes

By Robert A. Margo

As a classical instrument, the mandolin has its origins in the eighteenth century, but it was around the turn of the twentieth century that the instrument reached its zenith of popularity in the Old and New Worlds. By World War I interest in the mandolin had largely died out in America, but the instrument retained a passionate following in other countries, particularly in Europe and Japan. Beginning in the 1970s the United States has experienced a revival of interest in classical mandolin. This evening's concert features Het Consort (Zwolle, Netherlands) and the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Rhode Island, United States), two of the leading classical mandolin ensembles in the world.

The repertoire for mandolin orchestra includes arrangements and original works. Victor Kioulaphides is a composer and bassist living in New York City. A prolific writer for the mandolin, his "Variations on a Basque Melody" are based on a folk chant from the Basque region of France and unfold in the traditional Mediterranean manner of various figurations around an underlying melody. Originally for solo mandolin, the "Variations" have been orchestrated by the American composer John Craton. The "Aria" from the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 is one of Heitor Villa-Lobos' best-loved works, famous in the original version for soprano and orchestra of cellos, and in the later setting for soprano and classical guitar that the composer prepared at the request of Andres Segovia for Segovia's companion, the Brazilian singer-guitarist Olga Coehlo. The Argentine composer Luis Gianneo made extensive use of folk idioms in his work such as the "Cinco Piezas [Five Pieces]" for violin and piano written in 1942. Mandolin aficionados treasure a 1960s LP recording by the German mandolinist Jacob Thomas that included Gianneo's setting of three of the pieces ("Chacarera", "Vidala", and "Zapateado") for solo mandolin and string orchestra which were presented in a different order from the original and called the "Suite Argentina" on the album jacket. John Craton recently made his own arrangement of all five pieces for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra with the original order and title restored. A prolific writer of chamber and vocal works in various idioms and best known for his film and theatrical music, Jurriaan Andriessen was a Dutch composer who studied with his father Hendrik at the Utrecht Conservatory and later in Paris with Olivier Messiaen. Although one does not normally associate 1980s " glam" rock and roll with the mandolin, Robert Kay’s arrangement of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" is surprisingly faithful to the original (and great fun for the performers!)

The remaining works on the program are original compositions for mandolin orchestra, three of which are European premieres and one world premiere. John Craton is a violinist and composer from Indiana with an extensive catalog of widely performed works for mandolin in solo and chamber music settings. His new concerto for two guitars and mandolin orchestra, "Bloeman van Spanje" (Spanish Flowers) is a six-movement work inspired by the colorful flowers of Spain. It receives its world premiere this evening. Influenced by minimalism and related popular idioms, Mark Davis' ode to his pet cat is one of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra's signature pieces. Owen Hartford has written many works for the Providence group during his long tenure with the ensemble. Filled with piquant chords and oblique melodic gestures, the three songs of "Gretel Dreaming" can be performed with the melody line played on violin (this evening by Rachel Panitch) or sung (by soprano). Written originally for the Sydney Mandolins, Betty Beath's "Lament for Kosovo" has been performed worldwide in a later version for string orchestra. The composer remarks that "Lament for Kosovo" was "written … [at] a time when the tragic events taking place in what was previously Yugoslavia were constantly before us in graphic images; since then the tragedy has widened to many parts of the world. Feelings of deep sadness and anger were uppermost in my heart and mind … 'Lament for Kosovo' expresses sorrow for the suffering of all innocent people caught up in war and destruction. The Italian Raffaele Calace was a "triple threat" who composed numerous works, performed widely and also personally constructed some of the finest instruments of his era. Written in February of 1925 during a sea voyage on return from a highly successful concert tour of Japan, "Impressioni Orientali" is, in the words of Paul Sparks, author of The Classical Mandolin, "a wonderfully exciting and atmospheric piece strongly influenced by Middle Eastern scales and drones that creates an extraordinary range of timbre" (p. 145).

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The group has performed with noted soloists Carlo Aonzo, Butch Baldassari, Robert Paul Sullivan, Anatoliy Trofimov, Tamara Volskaya and Richard Walz. Its unique tonality has inspired exciting new works including those by Clarice Assad, Will Ayton, Michael Bell, Mark Davis, Owen Hartford, Eva Kendrick, Barbara Kolb, Robert Martel, Michael Nix, Stephen Funk Pearson, and Francine Trester.

Het Consort, an award-winning mandolin chamber orchestra based in Zwolle, The Netherlands, was founded in 1990. Contemporary composers who have written for Het Consort include Annette Kruisbrink, Marc Matthys, Luca Mereu, Victor Kioulaphides, John Craton, and Jeff Hijlkema. Het Consort has performed extensively throughout Europe including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain and Italy, and has worked with many well-known musicians including Peter Doberitz, Tove Flensborg, Ugo Orlandi, Pavel Steidl, Michael Troster, Richard Walz, and Gertud Weyhofen.

Mark Davis is Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra. A highly-respected concert artist in the field of guitar and mandolin music for more than three decades, Mark Davis appears on many CD recordings, including the Grammy-nominated 'Vienna Nocturne,' and has been a featured artist at various international events such as the Festival Internacional Musica de Plettro in Spain, and the Kobe International Music Festival in Japan. Mark Davis directs a classical guitar program at the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island.

Alex Timmerman is Music Director of Het Consort. He studied classical guitar with Pieter van der Staak, Jorge Oraison, and John Mills. One of the world's premier experts on historical plucked instruments, he is the author of De Mandoline en de Gitaar door de Eeuwen heen (The Mandolin and the Guitar Through the Centuries). Alex Timmerman has taught mandolin and guitar at the Centrum voor Kunstzinnige Vorming de Muzerie in Zwolle since 1999 and at the ArtEZ High School for the Arts in Zwolle, Arnhem, and Enschede (Netherlands) since 1997. In addition to his teaching and performing activities, Timmerman works for the musical instrument department of the Haags Gemeentemuseum of The Hague.

Het Consort

Director: Alex Timmerman
First Mandolin: Sebastiaan de Grebber (concertmaster), Yolana Döpp, Pauline Ulderink
Second Mandolin: Ferdinand Binnendijk, Marian van Dijk, Margareet van Litsenburg
Octave Mandola: Helma Damman-Ruitenberg, Ruth Rouw
Mandoloncello: Niels Godart
Classical Guitar: Frido Kuijlman, Robert Streef, Tom Edskes
Chitarrone Moderno: Marianne Timmerman-Holander

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

Director: Mark Davis
First Mandolin: Joshua Bell (concertmaster), Michael Cappelli, Yvette Cote, Duane Golomb, Chang Lee, Rachel Panitz
Second Mandolin: Lynne Bell, Christine Chito, Owen Hartford, Paul Wilde
Mandola:  Will Melton, Gayle Raposa
Mandocello: Seth Gruenwald, Dan Moore, Matt Synder
Classical Guitar: Beverly Davis, John Dennewitz
Bass: Gino Cicchetti
Violin: Rachel Panitz

 

Mansfield High School Auditorium

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 6:30 PM

 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Mark Davis, Director

 
I.
Palladio Karl Jenkins
   
Dreamtime Annette Kruisbrink
   
Cinco Piezas Luis Gianneo (1897-1968)
   Joshua Bell, mandolin solo arr. J. Craton
   
Vidala-Cancion Incaica-Chacarera-Cancion de Cuna-Zapateado
   
   
Rhapsodica Bohemia Count Frederick de Mercurius
  (1760-?)
   

(Selections to be performed by students with the PMO, to be announced)

 

Program Notes

By Robert A. Margo

The repertoire for mandolin orchestra includes both original works and arrangements. Familiar from its use as the theme music in a DeBeers (diamond) commercial, Karl Jenkins' "Palladio" has been expertly arranged for mandolin orchestra by Alex Timmerman, director of the Dutch group "Het Consort". Annette Kruisbrink is a Dutch composer who has written extensively for the guitar in solo and chamber music settings. According to the composer, "'Dreamtime' is a fusion of dreams … [on] the one hand there are the hurried Western people who do not consider dreams … as important … [then] there is the Aboriginals’ world in which dreams are directly connected with life and the hereafter[.]" Luis Gianneo was one of the first Argentine composers to make use of folk idioms in his work such as the "Five Pieces [Cinco Piezas]" for violin and piano written in 1942. Mandolin aficionados treasure an LP recording by the German mandolinist Jacob Thomas that included Gianneo's arrangement of three of the five original movements for solo mandolin and string orchestra. The American composer John Craton recently made his own arrangement of all five movements for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra, and it is the Craton version that the PMO performs this evening.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is under the direction of Mark Davis. Mr. Davis pursues an active career as a solo and ensemble performer, educator, and conductor.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of the D'Addario Foundation.

Visit the website of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra to purchase CDs and to learn more about the mandolin and its music: www.mandolin-orchestra.org. Visit www.youtube.com/ProvidenceMandolin to see videos of the PMO.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra

Director: Mark Davis
First Mandolin: Joshua Bell (concertmaster), Michael Cappelli,, Yvette Cote, Duane Golomb, Chang Lee, Rachel Panitch
Second Mandolin: Lynne Bell, Antonio Carlyon, Christine Chito, Owen Hartford, Paul Wilde
Mandola:  Mack Johnston, Robert Margo, Will Melton, Gayle Raposa
Mandocello: Seth Gruenwald, Dan Moore, Matt Synder
Classical Guitar: Mark Armstrong, Beverly Davis, John Dennewitz, Jeff Griffith
Bass: Gino Cicchetti, Dave Parr

Directions to Mansfield High School Auditorium

Hingham Public Library

April 6, 2008, 3:30 PM

 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Mark Davis, Director

 
I.
Palladio Karl Jenkins
   
Cinco Piezas Luis Gianneo (1897-1968)
   Joshua Bell, mandolin solo arr. J. Craton
   
Vidala-Cancion Incaica-Chacarera-Cancion de Cuna-Zapateado
   
Dreamtime Annette Kruisbrink
   
Song for My Father Clarice Assad
   
II.
   

Impressioni Orientale

Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)

   

Lament for Kosovo

Betty Beath

  (US premiere, version for mandolin ensemble)
   
Three Movements for Mandolin Orchestra Francine Trester
  Allegro Maestoso-Un poco lamentoso-  
  Allegro con spirito  

 

Program Notes

By Robert A. Margo

The repertoire for mandolin orchestra includes both original works and arrangements. Familiar from its use as the theme music in a DeBeers (diamond) commercial, Karl Jenkins' "Palladio" has been expertly arranged for mandolin orchestra by Alex Timmerman, director of the Dutch group "Het Consort". Luis Gianneo was one of the first Argentine composers to make use of folk idioms in his work such as the "Five Pieces [Cinco Piezas]" for violin and piano written in 1942. Mandolin aficionados treasure an LP recording by the German mandolinist Jacob Thomas that included Gianneo's arrangement of three of the five original movements for solo mandolin and string orchestra. The American composer John Craton recently made his own arrangement of all five movements for solo mandolin and mandolin orchestra, and it is the Craton version that the PMO performs this afternoon.

The remaining works on the program are original compositions for mandolin orchestra. Annette Kruisbrink is a Dutch composer who has written extensively for the guitar in solo and chamber music settings. According to the composer, "'Dreamtime' is a fusion of dreams … [on] the one hand there are the hurried Western people who do not consider dreams … as important … [then] there is the Aboriginals' world in which dreams are directly connected with life and the hereafter[.]" Clarice Assad is a pianist, vocalist, and composer living in New York City and the daughter of the celebrated classical guitarist Sergio Assad. Composed for the PMO and included on its recent CD Spectrum, "Song for My Father" pays homage to the composer's native Brazil with the piquant melodies and syncopated rhythms. Filled with unusual scales and harmonies, Raffaele Calace's "Impressioni Orientale" was written aboard ship during the composer's return from a triumphant tour of Japan in the 1920s. Betty Beath is a contemporary Australian composer with an extensive catalog of chamber and orchestral works. Written originally for the Sydney Mandolins, "Lament for Kosovo" has been performed worldwide in a later version for string orchestra, including by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The concert closes with a remarkable new piece for mandolin ensemble, Francine Trester's "Three Movements", which the Orchestra premiered in 2007. An Associate Professor of Composition at the Berkelee School of Music, Trester's award-winning vocal and instrumental work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Australia.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971.  Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe.   The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is under the direction of Mark Davis.  Mr. Davis pursues an active career as a solo and ensemble performer, educator, and conductor.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of the D'Addario Foundation.

"Song for My Father" is featured on the Providence Mandolin Orchestra's CD Spectrum.  Copies of Spectrum will be available for purchase at today's concert. Visit the website of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra to purchase Spectrum on-line and to learn more about the mandolin and its music: www.mandolin-orchestra.org. Visit www.youtube.com/ProvidenceMandolin to see videos of the PMO.

 

Directions to Hingham Library

Arts in the Village

Saturday, February 9, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Goff Memorial Hall
124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA

Admission: $14 Adult; $12 Senior; $5 Children and Students.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling 508-252-5718.

"Dreamtime: 20th Century Music for Mandolin Orchestra"
 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra
Mark Davis, Director

 
I.
Palladio Karl Jenkins
   

Impressioni Orientale

Raffaele Calace (1863-1934)

   

Canzone

Jurriaan Andriessen (1925-1996)

Wrung From the Silence Robert Martel
   

  Prelude-Duets-Danse Macabre- Valse Triste-Coda

 

 
II.
Three Songs Owen Hartford
(World Premiere, version for violin)  
  Valse Triste-Coda  
   
Dreamtime Annette Kruisbrink
   
Three Movements for Mandolin Orchestra Francine Trester
  Allegro Maestoso-Un poco lamentoso-  
  Allegro con spirito  

 

Program Notes

By Robert A. Margo

As a classical instrument, the mandolin has its origins in the eighteenth century, but it was around the turn of the twentieth century that the instrument reached its zenith of popularity in the Old and New Worlds.  By World War I interest in the mandolin had largely died out in America, but the instrument retained a passionate following in other countries, particularly in Europe and Japan. Beginning in the 1970s the United States has experienced a revival of interest in classical mandolin.  This evening's concert features the Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Rhode Island), one of the leading classical mandolin ensembles in the United States.

The contemporary American mandolin orchestra includes first and second mandolins (tuned like the violin), the mandola (viola), the mandocello (cello), the mandobass (string bass), and classical guitar as harmonic support.  American orchestras tend to use flat or carved back instruments that are descended from instruments designed in the late nineteenth century by Orville Gibson, in contrast to European ensembles that use the traditional "bowlback" mandolin.

The repertoire for mandolin orchestra includes both original works and arrangements.   Familiar from its use as the theme music in a DeBeers (diamond) commercial, Karl Jenkins' "Palladio" has been expertly arranged for mandolin orchestra by Alex Timmerman, director of the Dutch group "Het Consort".  Timmerman is also responsible for the arrangement of "Canzone" by Jurriaan Andriessen, a Dutch composer who studied with Olivier Messiaen and was revered in the Netherlands for his vocal and theatrical music.

The remaining works on the program are original compositions for mandolin orchestra.  Raffaele Calace's "Impressioni Orientale" was written aboard ship on the composer's return from a triumphant tour of Japan in the 1920s.  Owen Hartford has written many works for the PMO during his long tenure with the ensemble.  Filled with piquant chords and oblique melodic gestures, "Three Songs" can be performed with the melody line handled by violin (played this evening by Rachel Panitch) or sung (by soprano).   Robert Martel's "Wrung from the Silence" is a complex, multi-movement work featuring pounding rhythms and plangent modal harmonies.  Annette Kruisbrink is a Dutch composer who has written extensively for the guitar in solo and chamber music settings.   According to the composer, "'Dreamtime' is a fusion of dreams …  [on] the one hand there are the hurried Western people who do not consider dreams … as important … [then] there is the Aboriginals' world in which dreams are directly connected with life and the hereafter[.]" The concert closes with a remarkable new piece for mandolin ensemble, Francine Trester's "Three Movements", which the Orchestra premiered in 2007.  An Associate Professor of Composition at the Berkelee School of Music, Trester's award-winning vocal and instrumental work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and in Australia.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was founded by the late Hibbard Perry in 1971.  Since then, it has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles, with regular appearances throughout the Eastern United States, Canada, and Western Europe.   The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is under the direction of Mark Davis.  Mr. Davis pursues an active career as a solo and ensemble performer, educator, and conductor.

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra gratefully acknowledges the support of the D'Addario Foundation.

Directions to Goff Memorial Hall

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