Black Birch Summer Solstice w/HVGO!

The Valley’s own “Tanglewood” moment! The Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra.
With Mission Cantina Food Truck, Holyoke Hummus Co. Food Truck.
$15.00 Cover charge – at the gate. Plus, HVGO’s NEW CD: “The Unknown Album” available for purchase at the event. So bring your own lawn chair, picnic baskets.
Kids welcome!
DIRECTIONS TO BLACK BIRCH VINEYARD.
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HVGO CD Release Concerts 2016

 

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.

Beethoven and Beyond: HVGO @ First Night 2016

NCFA First-Night-2016

Thursday, December 31, 2015
4pm, 5pm shows
Sweeney Concert Hall
at Sage Hall
Smith College
144 Green St, Northampton, MA

This year’s performance will include Blanchette’s new arrangement of Beethoven’s iconic 7th Symphony Allegretto movement, along with a guitar-orchestrated take on music of the 1990s Detroit electronica artist known only as Japanese Telecom– unlikely bedfellows that make the HVGO impossible to pigeonhole, and such a hit with First Night audiences. To attend this concert, you must have a First Night 2016 Badge. Individual tickets are not sold. Get First Night Northampton Badges here.

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The HVGO rehearsing in Sweeney Concert Hall.

 

Location of Sweeney Concert Hall at Sage Hall, Smith College:

HVGO: Palmer Historical and Cultural Center- Jan. 17

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 •  7:30PM
2072 Main Street
Three Rivers, MA

TICKETS:
$12 Advance ~ $15 at the Door
Advance reservations information:
www.palmerhcc.org
or 413 289 9295 or phcctickets@gmail.com

Also known as Harmony Hall, the Palmer Historical and Cultural Center is a fabulous place to hear live music. HVGO  appears in a debut engagement, presenting music of Philip Glass, Gustavo Santoalalla, Bach and Bartok.
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HVGO working on new recording!

HVGO is making a new recording of its recent repertoire hits- music of Bach, Philip Glass and Gustavo Santoalalla. Tracking is being done at Rotary Records in West Springfield, Massachusetts. “It’s great to be doing this recording in such a big, musical space,” says Musical Director Peter Blanchette, “Warren Ammerman has converted this lovely New England church into a state of the art studio, and it’s perfect for the huge sound of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra!” The recordings should surface in late 2015.

The converted church space at Roatary Records has great, natural sound, Many great contemporary artists have recorded here, among them, Chick Corea and Return to Forever.
The converted church space at Roatary Records has great, natural sound, Many great contemporary artists have recorded here, among them, Chick Corea and Return to Forever.

What will HVGO be recording? Watch our live performance of one the pieces, an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Adagio movement from the Organ Toccata, BWV564:

HVGO Spring Concert 2014, Brattleboro, Vermont: Saturday, May 10th • 7:30PM

BRATTLEBORO:
Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, VT
Saturday, May 10, 2014 •  7:30PM
139 Main St # 407

Presented by the HVGO and Hooker-Dunham Theater. HVGO  appears in a return engagement, hoping to sell the house out as we did last year, in the excellent Hooker-Dunham Theater, same program as Northampton concert below.
Show at 7:30pm • $12 students, $15 adults
For our Brattleboro show, purchase at the door
or online here:


Choose Adult or Student




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HVGO’s annual spring concert features an expectedly unexpected program of music from minimalist composers Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, 18th century Scottish dance music of Nathanial Gow, instrumental arrangements of songs by critically-acclaimed midwest rockers Wilco, and of 80s England’s  The Smiths, along with more surprises from the renaissance to the 21st Century.
Now in its fifth season, HVGO pushes the music of Philip Glass further with arrangements of his Metamorphoses I & III for piano. Blanchette on HVGO’s embrace of Glass: “He came of age as an artist in the 60s in America, so perhaps it is no coincidence that the patterns in Glass’ music are very similar to riffs in guitar-driven rock music. The meditative state one arrives at, if one plays Glass with that all-important balance of alertness and relaxation, gives his music a naturalistic quality that belies the almost manic, mechanical structure of his pieces.”

HVGO Spring Concert 2014, Northampton: Friday. May 9th • 7:30PM

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Sweeney Concert Hall at Sage Hall, Smith College
Friday, May 9, 2014 •  7:30pm
Presented by the Northampton Center for the Arts
and with special sponsorship from Peoples Bank
HVGO returns for our Annual Spring Concert event.

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Tickets: $15 adults, $12 for students/children available at the door and online through Brown Paper Tickets.

HVGO’s annual spring concert features an expectedly unexpected program of music from minimalist composers Philip Glass and Arvo Pärt, 18th century Scottish dance music of Nathanial Gow, instrumental arrangements of songs by critically-acclaimed midwest rockers Wilco, and of 80s England’s  The Smiths, along with more surprises from the renaissance to the 21st Century.
Now in its fifth season, HVGO pushes the music of Philip Glass further with arrangements of his Metamorphoses I & III for piano. Blanchette on HVGO’s embrace of Glass: “He came of age as an artist in the 60s in America, so perhaps it is no coincidence that the patterns in Glass’ music are very similar to riffs in guitar-driven rock music. The meditative state one arrives at, if one plays Glass with that all-important balance of alertness and relaxation, gives his music a naturalistic quality that belies the almost manic, mechanical structure of his pieces.”
This performance is made possible by generous support from PeoplesBank.

HVGO Spring Concert, Northampton: Friday. Apr 26th 7:30PM

Friday, April 26th, 7:30PM at the First Churches of Northampton.
129 Main Street, Northampton, MA
Tickets are general admission, Adult (18 or + trs) $15, Students (<18 OR student ID) $12.
Tickets will be available for pick-up at the First Churches 6PM, April 26.
Doors open at 7PM

Plenty of tickets still available at the door!

ONLINE TIX CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

If you’ve purchased tix online, they will be held as will-call at the Box Office at First Churches. Box Office opens at 6PM.
Doors open at 7pm.

 

HVGO’s second Spring Concert event, Saturday, April 27, will take place at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, Vermont. Info and tickets here.

Hooker-Dunham Theater, Saturday, April 27, 8pm

HVGO Second Spring Concert;
Saturday, April 27th at 8:00PM, takes place at:
Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT
Tickets $15 Adults (18 or + yrs), $12 Students (<18 OR student ID)
Available online here or at the door.


Plenty tickets still available at the door!
ONLINE TIX CLOSED FOR THIS EVENT.

If you’ve purchased tix online, they will be held as will-call at the Box Office at Hooker-Dunham Theater Gallery. Box Office opens at 6PM.
Doors open at 7:30PM.
 



L-R: Josh Finn, electric guitar, PJ Copeland, bass,
Phillip Sherwood-Berndt, Tom Bradbury, Don Rovero, acoustic guitars,


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