CountyAnne Arundel County
Film, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is "the premier American ragtime ensemble" as hailed by the Washington Post, and is rapidly becoming the leading professional ragtime orchestra in America. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010, the PRSO recreates the syncopated stylings of a bygone era - ragtime, theater, and dance music, along with accompanying classic silent films using their collection of over 3,500 original orchestral scores. The ensemble is primarily composed of young musicians, age 30 and below.
PRSO has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress in Washington DC, historic theaters, state-of-the-art performing arts centers, colleges, universities, ragtime festivals, and concert associations. Peacherine has been featured in documentaries, online video, and is frequently heard on radio and podcast programs across the United States, including Hot Jazz Saturday Night (WAMU 88.5, Washington, DC), Ragtime America (KGNU 88.5, Boulder, CO), and Rapidly Rotating Records (KISL 88.7, Catalina Island, CA).
Their programs bring to life America's musical heritage: Concert programs featuring the works of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, and others played off the original orchestral scores, and silent film programs using the original film 'cues' and musical scores, transporting audiences back to the silent era.
The Peacherine Orchestra records for Rivermont Records, whose first CD, "That Teasin' Rag: Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era" has been called "first class" and "one of the most satisfying ragtime orchestra collections available." The PRSO successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to record their second CD.
Their website is www.peacherineragtime.com