Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra CD Release Concert
Pre-show mingle with the orchestra in the lobby at 7 pm!
The Northampton Center for the Arts is thrilled to present composer, performer, and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directing the critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) in a debut at the Shea and in celebration of its long-awaited follow up CD. "Unknown Album" features recent repertoire from Beethovens iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, popular mid-west rockers Wilco, minimalist composer Philip Glass, South American composer Gustavo Santoalalla, and a new piece from Leo Kottke.
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 back-beats, 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 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.
The Shea Theater (View)
71 Ave A
Turners Falls, MA 01376
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