Tidewater Guitar Orchestra
Established as one of the pioneering ensembles in the United States, the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra continues to captivate audiences with its innovative approach to classical guitar performance. Led by the Executive Director of Tidewater Classical Guitar, Patrick Garrison, this ensemble comprises over a dozen highly skilled guitarists who harness the rich timbral palette of a diverse array of guitars. From traditional classical guitars to requintos (soprano guitars) and bajas (baritone guitars), the orchestra explores a vast repertoire spanning from Bach to Bartok, with a particular emphasis on music of the Americas.
Originally founded in 1995 by Sam Dorsey, inspired by a similar orchestra led by Luis Zumbado in Costa Rica, the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra has evolved into a dynamic force in the world of classical music. The ensemble has commissioned new works from acclaimed composers such as Andrew York and Ben Verdery, while also showcasing compositions and arrangements by its own talented members.
With numerous local performances and prestigious international appearances under its belt, including representing the United States at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica, the orchestra's reputation for excellence precedes it. With a proud inclusion in the Virginia Commission for the Arts Performing Arts Tour Directory and the release of two celebrated albums, "Prelude" and "Music of Europe and the Americas," the orchestra continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of classical music.
Under the visionary leadership of Patrick Garrison, the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra continues to push boundaries and delight audiences with its dynamic performances and dedication to musical innovation.
“The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra virtually sparkled with technical verve, panache, passion and humor. Listening to them perform is an absolute delight!” JoAnn Falletta
TGO's CD, Prelude:
“The Tidewater Guitar Orchestra’s “Prelude” mixes classical selections, new music for guitar, and traditional tunes to beautiful effect. “Prelude” (is) a head-spinning trip around the globe featuring music from Costa Rica, as well as Telemann, Copeland, de Falla, and Andrew York.” The Virginian-Pilot
“…this was a gorgeous sound that emanated from Roper’s stage, with a striking range of colors. For an encore they played an attractive pop-tinged number by John Boyles, one of the group’s members. “Julia” was written by Boyles for his daughter, and its openness and sincerity were characteristic of the concert as a whole.” The Virginian-Pilot
"Tidewater Guitar Orchestra's performance was mesmerizing, playful, and dynamic." The Forum
TGO is a performing entity of Tidewater Classical Guitar.