Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra CD Release Concert
Composer, performer, and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directs the critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) in a long-awaited CD release concert. "Unknown Album" features recent repertoire from Beethovens iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, popular mid-west rockers Wilco, minimalist composer Philip Glass, and South American composer Gustavo Santoalalla. Along with a new piece from Leo Kottke, the CD release concert will feature door prizes, special guests, and CD giveaways.
Blanchette on HVGOs new CD: I named it Unknown Album because this is music thats never been heard before. Beethovens 7th certainly wasnt conceived for electric guitars. 16th century French dances didnt have backbeats, and Wilcos One Wing wasnt originally arranged with as counterpoint as a Beethoven Symphony. HVGOs process -- where I arrange music for all these guitars and the musicians lend their particular guitar sound to the piece -- is always an exploration of great music. Its a search for sounds unknown to the music as it was, and repertoire previously unknown to the guitar. And, what unifies our style, our sound, is the joy we have experience translating these masterpieces to the language of the guitar.
HVGO (www.hvgo.org) is an avant-garde music ensemble, founded by Peter Blanchette in 2009 and comprised of more than a 15-20 acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. HVGO is a resident company of the Northampton Center for the Arts, and is supported by the DAddario Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Frank Lucchesi Trust.
Sweeney Concert Hall (View)
Northampton, MA 01060
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