100 electric guitars, hundreds of ukuleles, one rockin’ afternoon! This major free event celebrating George Harrison takes over Brookfield Place on June 16.
Since 2015, composer/guitarist Tim Brady has been creating site-specific works for mass ensembles of electric guitars, enlivening shopping malls, old railway buildings and hockey arenas. Now, Luminato has commissioned him to write a new work for 100 spatialized guitars to pay homage to George Harrison, who would have been 75 years old in 2018. With a mix of professional and community musicians, While 100 Guitars Gently Weep – Concerto for George is a monumental new work that celebrates the electric guitar and the sheer joy of playing it out loud, in public for all to hear!
To further celebrate George Harrison – a well-known advocate of the humble ukulele and its amazing capacity for making music – hundreds of young ukulele players from Toronto’s Doane Uschool, led by Melanie Doane, will put their twist on Harrison’s songs and other music with "My Sweet Uke, A Tribute to George Harrison".
Come honour the “quiet Beatle” as we make a lot of joyful noise with this powerful celebration of strings.