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The New York Mandolin Ensemble and Rhode Island’s L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble join forces for a spectacular program featuring New England’s and New York’s premiere mandolin ensembles at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland (lots of 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.

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 at the Blackstone River Theatre features selections from Bach and Telemann, contemporary compositions, with twentieth century arrangements of Celtic and ethnic melodies.

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.