The Columbia Gorge Orchestra Association is proud to announce that singer-songwriter David Wilcox will be appearing with the Gorge Sinfonietta on May 6. Wilcox is a fan favorite in the Pacific Northwest, appearing frequently in Portland and Eugene.
Cleveland-born Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter. First inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell, Wilcox is now 18 records into a career marked by personal revelation and wildly loyal fans. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music.
The May 6 concert is only the second time that Wilcox has appeared with an orchestra and the performance will include both solo performances and some of his greatest hits, with full orchestral backing.
"The only other time I worked with an orchestra, I found it to be a more intense version of one of life's quandaries,” Wilcox recently said.
“I knew that I could be swept up in the emotion of what was happening around me. But that was not my job. My job was to be competent and deliver the song for the audience. I got to listen to the recording later and appreciate the complex beauty, but at the moment of performing, I chose to sacrifice my own bliss for the sake of giving the audience the best performance I could."
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Hood River Middle School Auditorium. General seating is $20 adults (18 and over) and $10 for students and children (10-17).
Tickets are available at the door and through gorgeorchestra.org.