Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently took part in the premier of "Jekyll & Hyde: The Concert", featuring a 30-piece orchestra. " It was simultaneously one of my most challenging and most rewarding musical experiences," Alex said. "To play in such a situation requires a lot of focus and concentration. You have to give it all your energy but still not lose your place with the sheet music and with the conductor (make a mistake and it's VERY obvious!). But when it all comes together it's something else. The music covers a lot of territory, from suspense to cabaret to pop and driving rock. Some sections were like an electric guitar concerto. It was funny to think back to the very early days of TESTAMENT in those sweaty dive bars; I never could have imagined I'd one day be surrounded by strings, brass, woodwinds, classical percussion and a conductor. It was a thrill to work hands on with creator/composer Frank Wildhorn. For now it's looking like our next round of performances is the week of September 8th at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut (with an eight-piece ensemble) with more large orchestra performances as a future possibility. Even if you're not a Broadway fan, you'll probably enjoy this, as it's got a rock edge both in the story and the music (at one time Sebastian Bach was in the lead role). Check out this show if you can!"
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