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The North Falmouth Congregational Church and the L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble look forward to presenting a concert on Friday, September 14 for the benefit of the Friends of the Bourne Food Pantry.

Join us at 5:30 before the concert for a soup supper. The $5 donation will also benefit the Bourne Friends Food Pantry.

L’Esperance and the NFCC are proud to present, from Russia, two masters of traditional Russian music: Alexey Alexandrov and Ekaterina Skliar. Both masters of Russian domra and mandolin, Alexey and Ekaterina came together in 2015 to form a unique mandolin-domra duo that presents a large repertoire including classical, contemporary, and jazz music in a way you’ve never heard it before. Ekaterina and Alexey have performed concerts in numerous Russian and American cities, where their performances got many positive reviews. Mark Linkins, Musical Director of Munier Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, wrote about this project: “Both products of the M. Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory, Alexandrov and Skliar enthrall audiences with their virtuosic skill and impeccable artistry. The combination of Skliar’s pure, crystalline tone (mandolin) and Alexandrov’s warm, harp-like tone (domra) is magical.”  Ekaterina and Alexey present a repertoire that spans the globe; from Bach duets to Russian folk songs, and from Alexey’s own compositions to neo folklore and jazz.

Ekaterina Skliar was eleven when she made her concerto debut performing with Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic. Since then Kate has been concertizing throughout Russia giving solo recitals, and performing with chamber ensembles and Russian Folk Instrument orchestras. In 2011 she finished Novosibirsk Specialized Music School, one of the two most prestigious music schools of music. Ekaterina received her Bachelor degree with Honors in Music Performance from Novosibirsk State Conservatory, playing domra and mandolin. Kate is a prizewinner of national and international competitions. Besides classical music, she researches and performs Russian ethnic music.

Aleksei Aleksandrov completed his Bachelor degree, Master degree, and DMA program in Domra Performance from the Novosibirsk State Conservatory, where he defended his thesis on the “Basics of Improvisation on Domra.” He has performed extensively throughout Russia, in solo, chamber, and symphony orchestra concerts. His repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for Domra, contemporary and jazz music, and his own compositions. He is a prizewinner of many National and International competitions, including the All-Russian competition “Young talents of Russia” (1st prize).

Kate and Alex will perform Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin with L’Esperance in a unique arrangement for domra and mandolin.

L’Esperance features musicians from Rhode Island, Western Massachusetts, and the Cape. We gather Tuesdays at the Cataumet train station across from the post office. Call 401-345-6930 or email us at josh@lesperancemandolin.com for more information or to arrange a Try Your Pluck Mandolin Lesson.