The Northampton Center for the Arts is pleased to present composer, performer, and guitar innovator Peter Blanchette directing the critically acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (HVGO) at Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets $15 adults and $12 students/children.
SWEENEY HALL MAY 6 ONLY: Tickets Here
The concert debuts HVGO’s long-awaited CD, Unknown Album, featuring recent repertoire from Beethoven’s iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, popular mid-west rockers Wilco, minimalist composer Philip Glass, and South American composer Gustavo Santaolalla. Along with a new piece from Leo Kottke, the concert offers door prizes, special guests, and CD giveaways.
Blanchette on HVGO’s new CD: “I named it The Unknown Album because this is music that’s never been heard before. Beethoven’s 7th certainly wasn’t conceived for electric guitars. 16th century French dances didn’t have back-beats, and Wilco’s One Wing wasn’t originally arranged with as much counterpoint as a Beethoven Symphony. HVGO’s 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. It’s 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 experience translating these masterpieces to the language of the guitar.”
The HVGO will also perform at the newly renovated Shea Theater in Turner’s Falls on Saturday, May 21 at 8pm. There will be a pre-show social in the Shea’s newly opened lobby bar at 7pm.
SHEA THEATER May 21 show tickets ONLY here.