Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
Silent Film Music from a Bygone Era
Friday, February 5, 2021 7:30 PM
Culpeper County High School
|William Edwards (vocalist)
Andrew Greene (conductor)
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 the United
States. Formed by young virtuoso Andrew Greene at the University of
Maryland in 2010, the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra recreates
the syncopated stylings of a bygone era – Ragtime, Theater, and
Dance music, along with underscoring classic silent films using an
immense archive of over 15,000 original orchestral scores.
The PRSO has repeatedly appeared at leading venues including The
Kennedy Center, The Library of Congress, The American Film
Institute, historic theaters, state-of-the-art performing arts
centers, colleges, universities, and concert associations across the
United States. The PRSO’s work has been featured in documentaries,
online video, and is frequently heard on radio and podcast programs,
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).
PRSO’s concert programs highlight the music of the late 1800s and
early 1900s, with selections by composers such as Irving Berlin,
George Gershwin, W.C. Handy, Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, and of
course, the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin. Marches, two steps,
waltzes, one steps, theatre selections, classical parodies, popular
songs, and of course, rags, are just some of the many selections
you’ll hear in their concerts.
In addition to their concert programs, Mr. Greene and the PRSO
underscore classic silent films featuring the biggest names of the
day: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Laurel & Hardy,
Douglas Fairbanks, and others. Mr. Greene also has the distinction
of rebuilding the original compiled scores for Buster Keaton’s THE
GENERAL (1927), COLLEGE (1927), and Charlie Chaplin’s SHOULDER ARMS
(1918), and others from the PRSO’s collection of over 500 original
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