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.
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.