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Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT, 06279 United States (map)

Acoustic Artist Series: Providence Mandolin Orchestra (Classical)

Tickets $12.00 in Advance (online) / $15.00 at the Door

The origins of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra can be traced back to performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr.    The modern version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by the Rhode Island teacher Hibbard Perry.  Since then the PMO has become one of the leading American mandolin ensembles with regular performances throughout the United States and Europe. 

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is a string orchestra made up of plucked string instruments, with sections of mandolins, mandolas, ‘liuto cantabile’, classical guitars and bass.  The PMO is dedicated to the performance of new original works, including pieces written for the ensemble.  In recent years the PMO has embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles from France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

PMO Music Director Mark Davis began his guitar and mandolin studies with Hibbard Perry, and continued with Siegfried Behrend from whom he inherited his fascination with contemporary forms of musical expression. Davis has been Music Director of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra since 1989.  He tours and records in duo with the guitarist Beverly Davis, and is the founder/director of the New American Mandolin Ensemble.

The music performed by the Providence Mandolin Orchestra reflects many different countries, genres, and time periods.  The PMO’s program for The Packing House will include music from Spain and the USA, with styles ranging from Romantic to Contemporary.

Join us for this unique concert in our intimate historic venue! This program is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474