The New York Mandolin Ensemble joins forces with Rhode Island’s L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble for a spectacular program featuring New England’s and New York’s premiere mandolin ensembles at Lily Pads in Wakefield (lots of free parking).

The New York Mandolin Ensemble, featuring Barry Mitterhoff, Steve Antonelli, and Wayne Fugate, is an eclectic group of experienced New York based musicians who seek to expand the traditional boundaries of mandolin music through their original compositions and carefully chosen arrangements of works in the classical, jazz, “downtown” and traditional/ethnic genres.

Barry Mitterhoff is a mandolinist who cannot be pigeonholed into one style. He performs a dazzling array of styles that include bluegrass, classical, swing and jazz, and a variety of ethnic styles such as Brazilian, Klezmer and more. He has recorded and played with Tom Chapin, Tony Trischka and others and is now an acclaimed sideman to Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna.

L’Esperance features musicians 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.

Our program in Lily Pads features selections from Bach and Telemann, contemporary compositions, with twentieth century arrangements of Celtic and ethnic melodies.

Want to make music with us? L’Esperance gathers Mondays at 7:00 at the South Kingstown Neighborhood Guild. Call 401-345-6930 or email us at josh@lesperancemandolin.com for more information or to arrange a free Try Your Pluck Mandolin Lesson.