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 12,000 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 film scores.
The PRSO records for Rivermont Records (www.rivermontrecords.com), whose three albums, Elite Syncopations, Step With Pep and That Teasin’ Rag have been called “first class”, “wonderful, toe tapping fun”, and “the most satisfying ragtime orchestra collections available.”
Conductor Andrew Greene is the leading young authority on orchestral ragtime and silent film accompaniment in the United States. Mr. Greene founded the PRSO while a freshman at the University of Maryland, hoping to draw attention to this neglected but historically important music.
He is the curator of the Johnny Maddox, Arthur C. Ziegler, E.J. McBride, Katherine Lingham, Louis H. Burns, Palm Leaf Ragtime Orchestra, and Silver Cornet Ragtime Orchestra collections, along with his own personal collection of of orchestrated ragtime, silent movie music, theater and dance selections, piano solos, and records. The collection totals over 12,000 selections of music from 1862 to 1930.
Mr. Greene has appeared at leading venues including The Kennedy Center, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, and The American Film Institute, among others. His lecturing and performance activities have taken him across the United States, including engagements with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra, The Fremont Symphony Orchestra, the Scott Joplin International Ragtime Festival, The West Coast Ragtime Festival, the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival, and many others.
Mr. Greene resides in the greater Annapolis, MD area. His personal website is www.greeneragtime.com. Mr. Greene and the PRSO are available for:
Vintage American Arrangements from the Ragtime Era (BSW-2215) PRSO’s first CD! Compilation of ragtime, theatre, and dance music. $20 USD
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.
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.