Welcome to the new home of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra

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Upcoming concerts: 

Sunday, October 15th at 3:00pm
Music at Lily Pads
27 North Rd. Wakefield, RI 02879
Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3079796

Saturday, November 18th at 7:00pm
Hampton Community Center
178 Main St. Hampton, CT 06247

The Providence Mandolin Orchestra has the reputation as one of the best American mandolin orchestras, with various CD’s and several international tours to its credit. The orchestra was formed circa 1914; Mr. Davis has directed the orchestra for the last 25 years, with an emphasis on developing an adventuresome, exciting and original repertoire. Please view these links to our performance history and original repertoire.

Interested in playing in the PMO?
You are invited to attend (and sit in) one of our rehearsals. The PMO holds its rehearsals at the Park Place UCC (71 Park Place, Pawtucket, RI 02860) on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 PM weekly from September 1st through June 1st. Membership in the orchestra is by audition; all inquiries should be addressed to Music Director Mark Davis <markmdavis@yahoo.com>.

Our Mission
The Providence Mandolin Orchestra is a group of amateur and professional musicians united by the love of performing a unique style of music.  We are committed to carrying on the rich tradition of the American mandolin orchestra while actively promoting original, new pieces.  We welcome new members and take pride in introducing audiences to our unique sound and instruments.  We strive to enrich our community with our cultural presence and have become a major contributor in the international field of plucked string music.

Our History
The Providence Mandolin Orchestra was formed, as clearly as we can tell, in 1914.  News articles and historic programs tell of PMO performances in the first decades of the twentieth century with Giuseppe Pettine and William Place Jr., both premier mandolin virtuosos in the United States during the instrument’s “Golden Age”. The current version of the PMO dates from 1971, when it was revived by Hibbard Perry.  Mark Davis, who has conducted the Orchestra since 1989, succeeded Perry as Music Director.  Since 1989 the PMO has one of the leading American mandolin ensembles with regular performances throughout the eastern United States and Western Europe.  (See article “A Performance History)

The PMO is dedicated to the performance of both traditional and contemporary music, including pieces written for the ensemble.  In the past several years the PMO has given US or world premieres of numerous new works composed specifically for the mandolin orchestra (see article “The Repertoire of the Providence Mandolin Orchestra“).   Also over the past several years the PMO has embarked on an ambitious program of joint performances with leading European mandolin ensembles, including Het Consort (Netherlands); the Ensemble a Plectre de Toulouse (France); the JZO-NRW (Germany); the Orchestra of the International Mandolin Academy (Italy), and the Saarländisches Zupforchester (Germany).