“The Premier American Ragtime Ensemble" - The Washington Post.
The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is one of America’s few professional ragtime ensembles dedicated to the performance and preservation of America’s first popular music: Ragtime.
The PRSO brings to life the sounds of the concert stage, dance hall, and theater – as well as accompanying classic silent films – as originally played off the original historic orchestral scores.
The PRSO primarily uses young musicians, age 35 and below, for their performances, and was founded in 2010 by young virtuoso Andrew Greene, hoping to the draw attention to this neglected but historically important music.
PRSO concert programs feature a variety of music from 1880 to 1929, including classics by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, George Gershwin, W.C. Handy, and the forgotten greats of the ragtime era.
Two steps, novelties, show selections, classical music parodies, and of course, rags are featured on their programs. Silent film programs bring back to life the antics of comedians Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel and Hardy, and stars Douglas Fairbanks, Lon Chaney and others as originally scored during the silent era.
Peacherine offers several additional programs for interested presenters. Mr. Greene is available to act as a guest conductor for symphonic and chamber ensembles, leading them in both concert and silent film programs. We also offer score rentals to interested organizations for silent film screenings.
The PRSO also offers educational programs, geared for the following groups: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades. These concerts last between a half-hour to an hour with a focus on both entertainment and education about early American popular music. We also offer lectures and master classes geared for high schools, colleges, universities, and historical associations with a variety of topics. Contact the artist to learn more. Fees for these programs range from $300 to $2,500.