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The North Falmouth Congregational Church and the L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble look forward to presenting a concert on Saturday, November 4 for the benefit of the Be Like Brit Foundation. Be Like Brit honors the memory of Brit Gengel, a 19-year college student who died in the massive Haitian earthquake of 2010 while working for the people there. The foundation honors her memory by working tirelessly to continue her work in Haiti and the U.S. 

Join us at 5:30 before the concert for a soup supper. The $5 donation will also benefit the Be Like Brit Foundation.

L’Esperance and the NFCC are proud to present, from Russia, two masters of traditional Russian music: Aleksei Aleksandrov and Ekaterina Skliar. Alex and Kate are prize-winning virtuosos of the domra, a Russian folk instrument with a rich and diverse literature. Alex and Kate are also masters of the American-style mandolin, and present music drawing on classical and jazz idioms. They will be performing in solo, duo and trio format, along with August Watters, a mandolinist and mandocellist who has composed new music to feature Kate and Alex. The program will include classical, jazz, and traditional Russian folk music styles.

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, Alex and August will join L’Esperance for a wide-ranging program featuring Celtic, Klezmer, Classical, Jazz and Ragtime selections.

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.