Members of the New York City Guitar Orchestra perform quartet versions of music by Corelli, Praetorius, Frederic Hand, Pat Irwin, Jon Pieslak, Dave Hart, and Joe Parisi, at two outdoor lunchtime concerts, presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Thursday, August 15 and 29, 2013, at 1:00 PM
LentSpace at Hudson Square: Varick Street between Canal and Grand Streets in New York City (see map)
Presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Members of the New York City Guitar Orchestra (NYCGO) will perform quartet versions of some of the new music that has been commissioned for the orchestra over the past three seasons, as well as arrangements and other compositions.
The NYCGO is a performing collective that unites all levels of musicians with a passion for the distinguished heritage of the classical guitar. The Orchestra was established in 2010 by the New York City Classical Guitar Society. It is a welcoming and professionally-run organization dedicated to providing valuable ensemble experience for guitarists of diverse backgrounds, while maintaining musical excellence and a commitment to fostering the creation of new music.
Guitarists in the Orchestra celebrate the instrument’s vibrant history while remaining progressive and contemporary through exploring classical music’s melding with other genres and styles. Through its New Music Project, the Orchestra has commissioned new works by a wonderfully eclectic roster of respected musicians. Among the commissioned composers are such diverse artists as Emmy-winning composer/guitarist Frederic Hand and B-52s member Pat Irwin. For the 2013-14 season, the Orchestra is commissioning works from innovative microtonal composer and MacArthur Fellow John Eaton and the Grammy-winning artist Andrew York, Brazilian composer Clarice Assad, and Australian composer Richard Charlton. The Orchestra is directed by Jason Sagebiel, a critically acclaimed artist and educator.