The most successful juxtaposition of electric guitar within a classical context I ever witnessed was Bill Frisell performing a piece combining his inimitable sound with a chamber orchestra. It was written by guitarist/composer Steve Mackey, who has been, you will pardon the expression, instrumental in expanding the role of the electric guitar in the classical music realm. The New York Times just published an interesting piece about him, and he will be releasing a record by his new music/prog supergroup, Big Farm, in May. Hope to have a full interview at that time. Until then, here is a taste of Mackey.
Introducing: Steve Mackey