The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Center for the Arts Hosts Archguitarist Peter Blanchette’s 8th Annual Bach Birthday Concert

On Friday, March 20 at 7:30 PM, Peter Blanchette and the Northampton Center for the Arts continue what has become a valley tradition: Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, this year at the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street, Northampton. Blanchette is joined by special guests Duo Orfeo, (Joe Ricker and Jamie Balmer, electric guitars). Duo Orfeo's new release, Guitar Nouveau, has already received critical praise. Ricker's arrangements of keyboard music of the late baroque composer Jaques Duphly, which will be presented at the concert, were featured on BBC's The Early Music Show. Blanchette and Duo Orfeo will combine to perform Blanchette's arrangement of Bach’s Trio Sonata BWV 528.

Peter Blanchette is the inventor of the 11-string archguitar. His repertoire of unusual and internationally acclaimed arrangements and compositions spans from medieval to contemporary to ethnic, played in solo recital or with selected instrumentalists to form the Virtual Consort. Named outstanding individual artist by New England Public Radio in 2011 and a recipient of the MCC Artist Grant in Music Composition, Blanchette is a veteran performer at high profile venues such as Spain's Festival de Guitárra de Cordoba, WGBH's Bach Around the Clock, Boston's Symphony Hall, NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is also the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra (  

Tickets for the concert are $17.50, $22.50 (premium view) and $25.00 (limited front row) Advance purchase is recommended at  Remaining tickets will be sold for $20.00 cash or check at the door.