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How Pat Metheny's Guitar Music Became a Percussion Concerto for the Philadelphia Orchestra

A classical percussionist delivers his own take on the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story of a new concerto for vibraphone and marimba, arranged by Christopher Deviney, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal percussionist.

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A classical percussionist delivers his own take on the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. WRTI’s Susan Lewis has the story of  a new concerto for vibraphone and marimba, arranged by Christopher Deviney, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal percussionist.

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