Encinitas Guitar Orchestra to perform Christmas Concert on Dec. 2

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra, made up of more than 35 local amateur and semi-professional acoustic guitarists, presents its Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 2, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 925 Balour Drive in Encinitas.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m. and a $12 donation at the door is suggested.

Peter Pupping will conduct the orchestra, which includes guitarists of all abilities and ages, as it performs selections such as The Little Strummer Boy, Handel’s Water Music, a piece by Boccherini and Bell Fantasy and a variation of Carol of the Bells. All of the pieces have been adapted for four or more parts in a guitar orchestra.

“People enjoy hearing music they are familiar with, along with new selections, performed by a guitar orchestra. It’s a unique way to present music. The orchestra offers a sound that people seem to really enjoy,” Pupping said in a new release.

The Encinitas group is thought to be the largest orchestra comprised of only guitars on the West Coast.

The Encinitas Guitar Orchestra is comprised of local musicians who learn technique and theory under the supervision of Pupping and William Wilson, two accomplished Encinitas-based musicians and teachers. Pupping has organized and conducted guitar orchestras since 1999.

Pupping has been teaching and performing in Southern California for more than 30 years, and the Peter Pupping Band has released several CDs. The latest, “Saturday Morning,” is comprised almost entirely of songs composed and/or arranged by Pupping.

For more information, contact Peter Pupping at Guitar Sounds by calling 760-943-0755 or sending an email to

— Submitted press release