L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble looks forward to a unique evening of music with the joint chamber singers of CCRI and Roger Williams University. The program will feature a range of holiday themed music culminating in a world premier performance of Benjamin Britten’s celebrated Ceremony of Carols arranged for mandolin orchestra and chorus. Benjamin Britten weaves nine Middle English and Latin carols into an extraordinary musical fabric, overlaying the elegance of the traditional themes with sophisticated contemporary harmonies and textures. Britten wrote the piece in 1942 while traveling by ship from the U.S. back to England, originally for a children’s chorus with a harp, he revised the piece in 1943 for an adult choir.

L’Esperance features musicians from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut of different backgrounds and ages who come together to enjoy the pleasure of making music with each other. Since 1994, l’Esperance has been sharing that joy with audiences around New England. Our music ranges from classical to contemporary, from Celtic to Klezmer, from rock standards to Baroque.

L’Esperance gathers Saturday mornings at the the Church of the Mediator in Providence. Call 401-345-6930 or email us at josh@lesperancemandolin.com for more information or to arrange a free Try Your Pluck Mandolin Lesson.