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Monday, December 31 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra

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Founded in 2009 by musical director Peter Blanchette, HVGO is a true avant-garde orchestra, comprised of twenty talented, enthusiastic, acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. HVGO creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic melange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO captivates audiences with music of significant contemporary and legacy composers whose works Blanchette has arranged to exploit the unique tonal characteristics and strengths of the ensemble. HVGO is a resident performance group at the Northampton Center for the Arts.

HVGO packs venues from classical music halls to rock clubs to outdoor shows at farmers’ markets. Highlights of the HVGO repertoire include Blanchette’s “Fantasy for Oud and Electric Guitar Orchestra,” based on 19th century Armenian oud master Tatyos Eksersyan, Blanchette’s pulsing arrangements of Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56, BB 68, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres (originally for 8 cellos), unforgettable excerpts from Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha: M.K. Gandhi in South Africa, and uncannily colorful arrangements of Led Zeppelin & Lady Gaga.




Monday December 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Sweeney Concert Hall at Smith College 51 College Ln, Northampton, MA 01060, USA

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