The Youth Orchestra of the North Rhine | Peterborough

The Youth Orchestra of the North Rhine Westfalia (JugendZupfOrchester Northrhine Westfalia), a virtuoso mandolin and guitar string orchestra will perform classical, jazz, and contemporary music at the Peterborough Town House on Wednesday evening, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. The concert ends at 8:45pm.

These accomplished young musicians of high school and college age are all winners of national music competitions. They are continuing an old tradition: the guitar/mandolin string orchestra, which was popular at the turn of the twentieth century across America and Europe. YONRW is the premier German youth orchestra in the guitar/mandolin format, and is supported by private sponsors and the German state of Westfalia. Also performing with the orchestra will be one of Europe’s greatest classical mandolin virtuosi, Annika Lueckenbergfeld, and international classical guitar contest winner Fabian Hinsche.

The concert will feature electric guitar, classical mandolin, small group jazz, and full-orchestra performances of classical, romantic and contemporary music. Featured will be the “Mandolin Club March,” composed by Peterborough High School principal Francis E. Mason in 1903, and re-orchestrated in 2009 by professor August Watters of the Berklee College of Music. The “Mandolin Club March” is a lively march in the style of John Philip Sousa. Professor Watters, who lives in Peterborough, will also perform with the orchestra.

Peterborough’s own mandolin orchestra tradition dates to the late 1800s, when the Peterborough Mandolin Club performed regularly. In 1903, the mandolin club sold copies of the “Mandolin Club March” to raise funds to buy a new piano for Peterborough High School.

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students, and are available in advance at the Toadstool Bookshops, or at the door. For more information contact 617-306-8055.