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“"The premier American ragtime ensemble."” – The Washington Post
“"One of the best ragtime orchestras I think you'll hear."” – Rob Bamberger, Host, Hot Jazz Saturday Night (88.5 WAMU)
“"The classiest entertainment I've seen."” – Jim Cook Jr., Millville, NJ
“"The show was truly fantastic! Adored by young and old, and the perfect treat to re-open the Levoy Theatre. We are very proud of the entire event and thank you for playing such an integral part in its success!"” – Lauren Van Embden, Chairwoman, Levoy Theatre Preservation Society
“"What Mr. Greene and company prove above all else is that ragtime, like the classical music that preceded it, and the jazz age which would soon follow, is best heard live."” – The Diamondback, University of Maryland Newspaper
“"The Peacherine Ragtime [Society] Orchestra has issued a first-class CD, and a great future beckons for them."” – Jack Rummel, Rocky Mountain Ragtime Society
“"We need more people like Andrew [Greene] who have an appreciation for where we've been and where we're going."” – The Baltimore Sun
“"The Peacherine Orchestra preserves a unique cultural experience."” – The Severna Park Voice
“Andrew Greene's Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra was amazing. Although I'd never seen a movie accompanied by an 11-piece ensemble, I'm not sure why I would ever see another movie without the same treatment... the richness of sound from the orchestra was unbeatable. It was truly amazing and an experience I'll not soon forget.” – Culpeper Star Exponent
“"They are, quite simply, one of the finest ragtime orchestras in the world."” – Bryan Wright, Rivermont Records

Read some recent articles about the orchestra!

Peacherine Orchestra Preserves A Unique Cultural Experience With “Spooky Silents”

Silent Movies, Live Music Will Enliven Maryland Hall on November 1
by Dylan Roche

Creepy crawlers, ghosts, black-and-white filmography and rarely heard Halloween-themed music circa 1920 will make irresistibly unusual (and delightfully eerie) entertainment on All Hallows Day when the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra presents “Spooky Silents: A Silent Film Halloween” at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

The one-night engagement on Saturday, November 1, will begin at 7:30pm in the main theater and will feature three classic shorts from the silent era – Buster Keaton’s “The Haunted House,” Harold Lloyd’s “Haunted Spooks” and Charlie Chaplin’s “One A.M.” – accompanied by live musical underscore from a 12-part orchestra under the leadership of Arnold’s own Andrew Greene.

“The performance will be a combined silent film event and concert experience,” explained Greene, who added that similar performances by the Peacherine Orchestra have been received enthusiastically by audiences. “It’s the sheer novelty of the entire event. Most audiences who come to see these shows have never seen a movie with live accompaniment. What I’ve found through our past performances is that audiences just love it.”

A 2009 graduate of Broadneck High School, Greene formed the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra at the University of Maryland in 2010. Since then, the group has garnered much renown playing ragtime, theater and dance music using Greene’s collection of more than 2,000 original orchestral arrangements from the era. The critically acclaimed group is quickly becoming one of the leading ragtime ensembles in the country, and it prides itself in authentic performance of silent film accompaniment.

When the team at Maryland Hall began to plan its fall season following a major summer renovation of the main theater, Peacherine was selected as the perfect show to highlight the new orchestra recession, improved seating and acoustics, according to Emily Garvin, Maryland Hall’s director of programs. “We are thrilled to provide exposure to such local treasure,” she explained. “We hope that this performance will draw Ragtime fans, film buffs and community members interested in the upgrades to the 1930s-era theater at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.”

The lineup of short films will also attract Halloween revelers, who will enjoy the campy fun of a comic horror story as performed by some of the silent era’s best. In “The Haunted House,” Buster Keaton plays a bank clerk who ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves’ hideout. This will be followed by “Haunted Spooks,” starring Harold Lloyd as a man whose bride has inherited a mansion that her uncle “haunts” with a variety of spectral tricks in the hopes that he can scare them off and claim the property. Finally, Charlie Chaplin will delight audiences in “One A.M.” as a drunken man who has a difficult time getting into his house when he arrives home late at night.

Tickets for “Spooky Silents: A Silent Film Halloween” are available now at $16 (Maryland Hall members) and $21 (nonmembers) for section A and $13 (members) and $18 (nonmembers) for section B. For more information or to reserve seats, visit www.marylandhall.org.

 


Historic Theater to present silent film event

Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra provides soundtrack to classic film screenings

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LUMBERTON — The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater on Saturday will return to its roots with the showing of silent films in conjunction with live music.

The theater will be the venue for Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra’s presentation of “A Silent Film Halloween.” The event begins at 7 p.m.

The Carolina Civic Center, which first opened in 1928 as a silent film and vaudeville house, chose the orchestra because of that connection to the Lumberton theater’s past.

Richard Sceiford, director of the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, said that he saw an advertisement for the orchestra about a year ago.

“It just instantly hit me that this would be perfect for the theater,” Sceiford said. “I can’t think of anything more cool and unique for our region than seeing live music with a silent film in a 1928 theater.”

The orchestra will accompany a collection of classic silent films with Halloween themes. The orchestra will also perform many music-only interludes.

“With all of this combined, our theater is a unique visual experience,” Sceiford said. “This will be an alternative Halloween experience.”

The 12-piece orchestra will perform on the stage beneath the theater’s 25- by 13-foot screen to three silent films: “Buster Keaton in the Haunted House,” “Charlie Chaplin in the Adventurer” and “Harold Lloyd in Haunted Spooks.”

The orchestra uses the original scores and antique instruments to play theater, dance and concert selections.

“All of the music we will be playing is from the original music arrangement from the time period of the film,” said Andrew Greene, director of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra.

Greene founded the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra in 2010 as a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to what he says is neglected but historically-important ragtime music.

He has appeared as guest conductor for the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and appears at ragtime festivals and other events as a seminar leader and pianist.

“We will be recreating the experience in Robeson County of going to a theater and getting live entertainment,” Greene said. “My inspiration is just keeping ragtime alive.”

Along with the 12-piece orchestra, Greene will be bringing drummer John Patton, who will provide sound effects.

“This is going to be one heck of an event and people are not going to want to miss this,” Greene said.

According to the Peacherine’s website, the orchestra has been heard on radio programs such as “Hot Jazz Saturday Night,”WXGN Radio, and “Ragtime America.” The orchestra’s first CD, “That Teasin’ Rag: Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era,” was released on the Rivermont Label in 2011.

The Carolina Civic Center is located in downtown Lumberton at Fourth and Chestnut streets.

Tickets cost $20 a person or $15 a person with the purchase of 10 or more in advance. Tickets can be purchased in-person or by telephone with credit card or cash on Mondays through Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. at the center’s administrative offices on the theater’s second floor, or by calling the center at 910-738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Group and senior discount prices are available.

For information, call 910-738-4339 or email ccc@nc.rr.com.


 

Ragtime returns! ‘The General’ plays Millville’s Levoy for first time since 1927

Jim Cook Jr./South Jersey Times By Jim Cook Jr./South Jersey Times

on September 20, 2013 at 5:00 AM, updated September 20, 2013 at 5:04 AM
MILLVILLE — It’s a shame there’s no real TARDIS like in Doctor Who — or any time machine for that matter — because it would be cool to see what the Levoy Theatre was like 105 years ago when it first opened.

But maybe the experience isn’t so far away. When the theatre opened in 1908, small orchestras would play along to silent films — that’s how people watched what would become “movies,” a century ago.
To celebrate their one-year anniversary of being open after a 40-year absence, the Levoy Theatre is recreating that experience with the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra next Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

Incidentally, this is the second time the orchestra has played the new Levoy Theatre — they played at the Levoy on Sept. 9, 2012 when the theater first opened its doors to the public after 40-years of darkness, and more than a decade of planning, development, fundraising, construction, a partial collapse, more construction, a some ornate finishing touches.

The Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra will accompany “The General,” a 1926 silent film starring Buster Keaton as a southern train engineer during the Civil War, whose girlfriend and locomotive get stolen by Union soldiers.

“The General” is No. 18 of 100 on the American Film Institute’s Greatest American Movies of All Time.

But this is certainly no debut for “The General” at the Levoy Theatre.
According to history, “The General” ran at the Levoy Theatre in 1927. So, the current theater directors reached out to the Peacherine’s conductor and director to celebrate the opening night anniversary with the ode to their past.

Under the direction of Andrew Greene, the orchestra tours the east coast performing ragtime-era music along to silent films — this was typical entertainment a century ago.
“The group consists of 12 people,” Greene said. “We’ve got five strings, two woodwinds, three brass, percussion, and a piano-conductor.

“That’s the American theatre orchestra set-up during the time the Levoy opened (in 1908).”
Greene, an intern for jazz research at the Smithsonian Institute and recent University of Maryland graduate, sought the original music used by ragtime orchestras in the 1920s that accompanied “The General.”

“The score we’re playing is based off the original by James C. Bradford,” Greene explained. “I took it and kept the parts that were good and fixed the parts that were not-so-good.”
Greene’s orchestra will also host a second act to the evening — a concert featuring popular ragtime piece, some of which were written by New Jersey composers.
He’ll mostly focus on two N.J.-native composers, Mel Kauffman, of Newark, and Arthur Pryor, of Asbury Park.
“We played some of (the New Jersey pieces) last year, and we’re doing more this year,” Green said. “It’s going to be a really fun show.”

Of his time in Millville last year, Greene raved about the Levoy Theatre.
“Last year was wonderful,” he said. “It was our favorite venue the group has played.”
With more than 600 seats, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, and an electronic levitating orchestra pit, the Levoy Theatre has hosted a variety of sold-out comedy acts, concerts, musicals, plays, fundraisers and private events in the past year of operation.

“We’re honored to be returning to Millville to celebrate the anniversary of the Levoy’s grand opening,” Greene said. “I think it’s fantastic.”

If you go
The General
ft. Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra
at the Levoy Theatre
When: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.
Where: Levoy Theatre, 123 N. High St., Millville, N.J. 08302.
Tickets: $23. Visitwww.levoy.net or call 856-327-6400.
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Upcoming Events
July 19, 2017 – Annapolis, MD – 6:30-9:30 PM

Peacherine’s Palm Court Orchestra performs for the City of Annapolis’ Dining Under The Stars Event. On West Street, Downtown Annapolis, MD. FREE!

August 5, 2017 – Hackettstown, NJ – 8:00 PM

Masters of Silent Comedy film program for Centenary Stage Co. For tickets & more information, visit: http://www.centenarystageco.org/eventdetail.php?ID=373 or call (908) 979 – 0900.

August 16, 2017 – Annapolis, MD – 6:30-9:30 PM

Peacherine’s Palm Court Orchestra performs for the City of Annapolis’ Dining Under The Stars Event. On West Street, Downtown Annapolis, MD. FREE!

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That Teasin’ Rag CD

Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2215) PRSO’s first CD! Compilation of ragtime, theatre, and dance music. $20 USD

Step With Pep CD

The Ragtime and Dance Music of Mel B. Kaufman (BSW-2234). PRSO's second CD featuring music by the "King of the One Step." $20 USD.

Elite Syncopations CD

Favorites from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2242). PRSO's third CD featuring a variety of ragtime favorites, including The Entertainer, Alexander's Ragtime Band, and more! $20 USD.