In Monday’s (8/25) Rolling Stone, Nick Murray reports that Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio has written Petrichor, a new suite for orchestra and guitar, to be performed by three American orchestras this season. “Composed by Anastasio, orchestrated by frequent collaborator Don Hart and conducted by Scott Dunn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the project reportedly ‘celebrates the process of rebirth and transformation that a storm sets in motion.’ … Petrichor will be premiered by the Oregon Symphony at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert on September 9th. Two days later … the Seattle Symphony will perform the piece at Benaroya Hall, and, on September 26, the Los Angeles Philharmonic plays the third and final show at the Hollywood Bowl. Anastasio will sit in on guitar for all three.” In 2008 Anastasio’s Time Turns Elastic for guitar and orchestra was premiered by Orchestra Nashville, and he has performed with orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles and New York philharmonics. Anastasio said, “I try to bring pieces that are going to be challenging and fun to play—pieces that spotlight the level of musical elegance that’s … only capable with an orchestra.” To read Symphony magazine’s Spring 2014 article about works for guitar and orchestra, click here.
Posted August 28, 2014