On Aug. 11, Philadelphia Orchestra principal percussionist Christopher Deviney will perform the SPAC premiere of his orchestration of three tunes by jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny from Metheny’s 1999 Grammy Award-winning album, “Imaginary Day.” Deviney, who’ll play vibraphone, will be joined by marimba virtuoso She-e Wu.
Deviney took melodic cuts from “The Awakening,” “Across the Sky,” and “The Heat of the Day.”
To simulate Metheny’s sophisticated hard-driving, electric guitar rhythms, he’s added a synthesizer and a small fan that is attached to his vibraphone. When Deviney rubs his mallet across the bars, it creates pitch-bending effects like Metheny does on his guitar.
Deviney performed the world premiere of the piece in May with the orchestra under conductor Bramwell Tovey, who will be conducting the SPAC concert. The other works on the program are Charles Ives’ “Variations on America” and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9. The concert starts at 8 p.m. S