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Published: 2014/08/25

Trey Anastasio To Debut New Classical Piece, Petrichor

Phish’s Trey Anastasio will premiere Petrichor, his new piece for guitar and orchestra on a three-city West Coast run this fall. The new piece will make its premiere September 9 at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall where the guitarist will be joined by the Oregon Symphony. Additional shows on the run include a stop at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall on September 11 and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl on September 26. Scott Dunn of the L.A. Phil, who partnered with Anastasio on his 2012 orchestral tour, will conduct all three performances. The shows will also feature orchestral versions of songs by Phish and Anastasio’s solo repertoire.

According to a press release, Anastasio began composing Petrichor in November 2012 during rehearsals for Hands on a Hardbody.

“I love the concept that beautiful gifts come often wrapped in not-so-beautiful packages,” Anastasio say as he explains the inspiration for the name. “The idea of a storm coming through – it’s a little scary and it’s a little dark, but after it’s over it leaves this beautiful scent of renewal. Sometimes a big storm is exactly what you need.”

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