2009-04-09 / About Town

'Tres Moutarde' to take stage at library

Join the Friends of the Library as they present "Tres Moutarde" on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. in the library meeting hall.

Trés Moutarde was established in 2004 in response to a musical "find." Bill Knapp, one of the original members of the group, discovered a box of musical arrangements of early 20th Century popular songs in the basement of the Phoenix Consignment Shop in Wakefield. They had been the property of the Spencer Orchestra, one of the small orchestras that played in the foyers and dining rooms of Rhode Island's resort hotels in the days before recorded music, television, and the iPod.

Most of the music is dance music: the waltz, the one-step, the two-step, the foxtrot and the occasional tango.

For its debut performance in March 2005, Trés Moutarde - then a trio of concertina, cello, and keyboard - appropriated the name of a favorite piece as its own.

The group has grown to include clarinet, flute, violin and glockenspiel. Trés Moutarde modifies the Spencer arrangements to accommodate the available instruments.

The program is free and open to the public.

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