We were already keen that Portland will be the site of one such rare symphony performance in symphony, but the Oregon Symphony just released news that will make our City of Roses a City of Phish Heads instead.
Trey Anastasio with the Oregon Symphony
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sept 9Anastasio will debut a new work for guitar and orchestra in Portland, before taking it to Seattle’s Benroya Hall and then LA's Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. The work’s name, Petrichor, is the word for that pungent smell that arises from the soil after the season’s first rain—a smell Portlanders know well. According to the press release, “Petrichor celebrates the process of rebirth and transformation that a storm sets in motion.”
“I love the concept that beautiful gifts come often wrapped in not-so-beautiful packages,” Anastasio says in the release. “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.”
Anastasio has been working on the piece for two years, since rehearsals for the Broadway musical Hands on a Hardbody, for which he co-wrote the music. The work, along with classic Phish songs and other works by Anastasio, will be conducted by L.A. Philharmonic’s Scott Dunn.
“It’s always exciting to perform with an orchestra,” says Anastasio. “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 capable with an orchestra, that’s only capable with an orchestra.”