Calling All Guitarists


One of the parameters in writing my new symphonic work for the Albany Symphony was to incorporate an non-professional component in the piece. Writing a piece about the Adirondacks and using the guitar as a metaphor for the balance of metal and wood, progress and conservation, I thought including the audience would be a cool way to drive the message home. I had to write it in a way that it would succeed unrehearsed (fingers crossed). So the audience, when cued by the conductor has to play one chord at their own pace and rate. This process repeats with a different chord while the orchestra starts to build. My hope is that the audience will be witnessing the destruction and resurrection of the forest, only to be surrounded by it all the guitarists at the finale!

Evan Mack