The Miami Guitar Orchestra (MGO), directed by guitarist & composer
, presents a program of works written for guitar orchestra by Benjamin Verdery, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Adam Cotton, and Johann Sebastian Bach. The orchestra showcases talented students from FIU, University of Miami, Miami Dade College, and many high schools.
All guitarists, both professional and amateur, who would like to perform with the orchestra, may contact the orchestra director via Contact Form by November 1, 2015.
The MGO aims to present new ensemble works for guitar, in addition to transcriptions and arrangements of the traditional repertoire. Dr. Özgen commissioned and premiered many works for the guitar orchestra by renowned composers, such as Benjamin Verdery, Jack Vees, Phil Collins, and Christopher Pratorius. Among the orchestra’s repertoire are “Pick and Roll for guitar ensemble, basketball, two violins, and tenor saxophone” by Benjamin Verdery, “Strum” by Phil Collins, “Quaditorio” by Jack Vees, “Snapshots by the Bay” by Chris Pratorius, “Mountain Mission” by Adam Cotton, “Following the Wind” by Mark Aitken, “Segni Meravigliosi Nos. 3-5 for guitar ensemble and flute choir” by Gerald Garcia, “Acerca del cielo, el aire y la sonrisa” by Leo Brouwer, “Tantra” by Carlos Rafael Rivera, and the guitar orchestra arrangement of Giuliani’s “Grand Overture” by Peter Constant. Some of the other repertoire performed by the ensemble include works by Bach, Tchaikovsky, Johanson, Duarte, Ogawa, and Charlton.