L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble and St. Peter’s by the Canal are offering a spectacular program featuring interpretations of Celtic music from the past 400 years to the present. For centuries, composers that we usually think of as strait-laced classical composers have been fascinated with Celtic traditional music.

If you haven’t been there before, St. Peters is one of the best places in the area to hear live, unplugged sound. A crystal clear room, with comfortable seating and a great view of the musicians. Not to mention a ton of free parking.

Proceeds from the concert will support the St. Peter’s Music Ministry.

From Byrd to Beethoven, from Holst to Mendelssohn, from Peter Warlock to Edward German and numerous contemporary composers have been inspired by the genuine music of people around them.

Our program will feature William Byrd’s version of Sellinger’s Rownde from the 1600s, Beethoven’s version of the well known St. Patrick’s March from the 1800s, Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore from the early 1900s and contemporary compositions from Steven Antonelli, Jim Dalton and Michael Bell.

L’Esperance features musicians from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York 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.

ANNOUNCING THE YVETTE COTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. Proceeds from tonight’s concert will help fund this scholarship offering players with string experience an accelerated program for developing pick technique and tremolo. Violinists, violists, cello and bass players give us a call 401-345-6930 or email us at josh@lesperancemandolin.com. For more information about the scholarship check out the mandolin scholarship page.