Next Meeting:

Saturday, September 9th, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Ave, Valley Glen, 91401


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Frets Afire
Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra

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FRETS AFIRE, the European-American Youth Guitar Orchestra, is touring California this summer. A dynamic group of 35 teenage guitarists from Stuttgart, Germany and Pasadena, California, they will be giving concerts in the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco areas. Blending sounds of power and subtlety, their music is an eclectic mix of classical, jazz, rock and even a little cartoon music.

The origin of this collaboration was a musical and cultural exchange program between the two groups, Guitarreando (Stuttgart, Germany) and the Los Angeles Youth Guitar Orchestra (Pasadena), begun in 2013. Both groups visited each other, hosting concerts and social activities from which a friendship and strong bond was formed.

Much of the music in their program was written for them. Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes wrote Bleu, inspired by the gentle waves on the beach in Malibu where the two groups first met. Andrew York, Grammy winner, wrote Tribal Youngers with the mischievous nature of the musicians in mind. Alex Mansour wrote Concerto for Guitar Orchestra inspired by the flamenco and rock influences of Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:00pm

Note: The concert location is not at Los Angeles Valley College, but rather at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church:

CONCERT LOCATION: ST. ANDREW'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 15520 SHERMAN WAY, VAN NUYS, CA 91406

St. Andrew's is just east of the 405 Freeway, on the south side of Sherman Way at the corner of Orion Ave.

$10 General Admission, Parking is free during the concert.