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WORLD PREMIERE OF MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S VALLEY OF THE MOON FOR ORCHESTRA (2022)

 

  1.  Out of the Fog
  2.  Shadow of the Birds
  3.  Air on the Redwoods
  4.  Call of the Wild


World Premiere:
 Commissioned by the Santa Rosa Symphony — World premiere with the Santa Rosa Symphony, conducted by Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, California on May 7, 2022.

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PREMIERE PERFORMANCES

Saturday, May 7, 2022, 2 PM – Discovery Open Rehearsal
Saturday, May 7, 2022, 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 3 PM
Monday, May 9, 2022, 7:30 PM

Santa Rosa Symphony
Francesco Lecce-Chong, conductor
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center, Santa Rosa, CA
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Composer Michael Daugherty and Francesco Lecce-Chong, Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, in Santa Rosa, CA, May 2021

Conductor Manfred Honeck and Michael Daugherty at rehearsals with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, February 9, 2022

WORLD PREMIERE OF MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S FIFTEEN: SYMPHONIC FANTASY ON THE ART OF ANDY WARHOL FOR ORCHESTRA (2022)

  1.   LudWig (Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven; 1987)
  2.   Liz’s Lament (Portrait of Elizabeth Taylor; 1964)
  3.   Big Electric Chair (1967)
  4.   The Last Supper (after Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”; 1986)
  5.   Passacaglia in Primary Colors

PREMIERE PERFORMANCES — February 11-13, 2022

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA

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Watch the video to see the full score and hear to hear a digital music rendering (view in HD 1080p).

BIOGRAPHY

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GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty first came to international attention when his Metropolis Symphony was performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, at Carnegie Hall in 1994 and subsequently recorded by Decca/Argo. Since then, Daugherty’s music has entered orchestral, band and chamber music repertoire and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most-performed American composers of concert music today. His music has received six GRAMMY Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2010 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2016 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra.

Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. They grew up in a musical household, with a father who played the drums in dance bands and a mother who sang in musical theater productions. As a young man, Daugherty studied composition with many of the preeminent composers of the 20th century including Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown, Bernard Rands and Roger Reynolds at Yale University (1980-82), Betsy Jolas at the Paris Conservatory and Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris (1979-80), and György Ligeti in Hamburg (1982-84). From 1980-82, Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York.

After teaching from 1986 to 1991 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, Daugherty became Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. Daugherty is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, festivals, universities and conservatories around the world. Daugherty’s music is published by Peermusic Classical/Faber Music, Boosey & Hawkes and since 2010 by Michael Daugherty Music.
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RECORDING:  MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S BAY OF PIGS/GEE’S BEND/TROYJAM
Albany Records/September 2021

BAY OF PIGS for classical guitar and strings
Manuel Barrueco, classical guitar

GEE’S BEND for electric guitar and orchestra
D.J. Sparr, electric guitar

TROYJAM for narrator and orchestra
Michael Lippert, narrator
Anne Carson, librettist

DAYTON PHILHARMONIC
Neal Gittleman, Conductor

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MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S SIX RIFFS AFTER OVID FOR SOLO OBOE

Six Riffs after Ovid (2021) for solo oboe was commissioned by Bang on a Can, and premiered on a Bang on a Can Marathon in April 18, 2021 by oboist Titus Underwood.

My composition is inspired by The Metamorphoses, written by the Roman poet Ovid in 8 AD. Like Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe, composed in 1951 by the English composer Benjamin Britten, I have selected six characters from Ovid’s epic poem:

Pan, who played on a reed pipe; Phaeton, who rode the chariot of the sun and was struck down by a thunderbolt; Niobe, who lamented the death of her children and was turned into a mountain; Bacchus, who revelled at drunken feasts; Narcissus, who fell in love with his own image and turned into a flower;  and Arethusa, who was turned into a fountain.

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MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S LIFT UP THINE EARS FOR ORCHESTRA

The Omaha Symphony presented the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Lift Up Thine Ears on June 11 & 12, 2021, as part of the orchestra’s 100th Anniversary season finale concert, conducted by Maestro Thomas Wilkins.

MICHAEL DAUGHERTY  Lift Up Thine Ears for orchestra (World Premiere)
JOHN WILLIAMS  Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra
Branford Marsalis, alto saxophone
ELGAR Enigma Variations

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NAXOS RELEASES MICHAEL DAUGHERTY’S THIS LAND SINGS: INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WOODY GUTHRIE

World-premiere recording features performances by the Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire ensemble led by David Alan Miller, and vocal soloists Annika Socolofsky and John Daugherty

“During these times of turbulence and uncertainty, I think back to the songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie, who traveled across America with his guitar and harmonica to perform songs of hope and social justice during the Great Depression and World War II. As a musical tribute to this Dust Bowl troubadour, I have composed This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, a song cycle with 17 original vocal and instrumental numbers, like a Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. It is my hope that this Naxos recording, featuring the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire, will remind us that music can spark greater awareness and bring about meaningful change.”

Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty – ‘This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie’ (excerpt):

Michael Daugherty – Night Owl (2018), Virginia Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, Music Director:

Michael Daugherty accepts Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2017:

RECENT RECORDINGS

Dreamachine/Trail of Tears/Reflections on the Mississippi

Dreamachine/Trail of Tears/Reflections on the Mississippi

Naxos/March 2018
Polaris String Quartet: Flow

Polaris String Quartet: Flow

Atoll/September 2018
Poetics

Poetics

Equilibrium/November 2016
The Lightning Fields

The Lightning Fields

MSR Classics/November 2016
Tales of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon a Castle

Tales of Hemingway/American Gothic/Once Upon a Castle

Naxos/September 2016
Composer’s Collection: Daugherty

Composer’s Collection: Daugherty

GIA Publications/January 2016
On Safari: Mirror Image Goes Wild Orchestra

On Safari: Mirror Image Goes Wild Orchestra

MSR Classics/October 2015
Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

ECM/September 2015
LIVE from Music City: The Best of Giancarlo Guerrero and The Nashville Symphony

LIVE from Music City: The Best of Giancarlo Guerrero and The Nashville Symphony

Naxos/August 2015