The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra will present a lyceum on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.
Founded in 1996 by Dr. Sam Dorsey, president of the Tidewater Classical Guitar Society, the orchestra is based on the concept of a large group of musicians playing three different types of guitars. Traditional classical guitars are supplemented by soprano guitars, which are tuned a fifth higher, and bass guitars, which are tuned a fourth lower.
The group performs Central and South American music as well as works by Bach, Telemann, Mozart, Bartók and Copland.
The orchestra comprises guitarists who perform and teach, as well as people from professions outside the field of music.
In October 1999, the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra represented the United States at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica. Also in 1999, the orchestra premiered a commissioned piece, “Ask the Sphinx,” by Andrew York for the 300th birthday celebration of Williamsburg, Va.
The program, sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, is free and open to the public.
Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to approximately 1,850 undergraduate students.