Mandolin Mania

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street (on the Village Green), Falmouth, Mass.
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Combined Mandolin Concert

New England’s and New York’s premier mandolin ensembles combine for a spectacular benefit program at 7:00 on Friday, February 23. 2018, at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street on the Village Green, in Falmouth. Admission is $20 at the door, or $15 on line:, or phone: 401-345-6930. This benefit concert is sponsored by the three Congregational (UCC) Churches of Falmouth, North Falmouth, and Waquoit. Proceeds benefit the Falmouth Service Center’s Fresh Food Program. Please support this wonderful program and enjoy the church’s famous $5.00 soup supper at 6:00. (Call 508-564-5628 to reserve your bowl.)

The New York Mandolin Ensemble features Barry Mitterhoff, Wayne Fugate, and Steve Antonelli, 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 Mandolin Ensemble features musicians from the Cape, Rhode Island and Connecticut of different backgrounds and ages who come together under the leadership of Joshua Bell 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 Falmouth features selections from Bach and Telemann, contemporary compositions, with twentieth century arrangements of Celtic and ethnic melodies.

These two mandolin ensembles will also be performing Saturday and Sunday in Cumberland and Wakefield, Rhode Island. On Saturday March 10th they will combine again for a performance in New York City.

The Cape Cod members of L’Esperance gather Tuesdays at the Cataumet train station across from the post office. Call 401-345-6930 or email us at for more information or to arrange a free Try Your Pluck Mandolin Lesson.