Monday, November 10, 2008

SLSO Guitar Festival previewed in Post-Dispatch

The Sunday edition of the Post-Dispatch has an article by classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller previewing the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's Guitar Festival, which will take place this week at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, The Pageant, and Powell Symphony Hall. The five concerts will include performances of music by Pat Metheny, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and Edgard Varese, as well as "Hallucination City," a Glenn Branca piece scored for 100 electric guitars, and orchestral fare including two American premieres of new symphonic works and Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."

Guest performers will include guitarist Jason Vieaux, who will perform the Metheny pieces and other works at the Pulitzer; composer/guitarist Steven Mackey, whose composition "Beautiful Passing" will be performed by the SLSO at Powell Hall; and famed jazz bassist John Patitiucci (pictured), who, for some odd reason, isn't mentioned at all in Miller's article despite being probably the best known (to the non-classical-music-listening public, anyway) of the guest performers. You can read Miller's piece online here.

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