The CCM Wind Symphony welcomes special guest Michael Daugherty on April 29.

The CCM Wind Symphony welcomes special guest Michael Daugherty on April 29.

Two of CCM’s major ensembles pay tribute to the prolific and talented composers who were born in or immigrated to America in a two concert pairing. CCM Philharmonia celebrates American immigrant composers on Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. in CCM’s Corbett Auditorium, while CCM Wind Symphony features living American-born composers with special guest, Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty on Friday, April 29 at 8 p.m. in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM Philharmonia, led by conductor Annunziata Tomaro, continues its annual American Voices tradition with “American Voices XIII: American Emigrés” on April 28. This year’s installment presents three brilliant expatriate composers who chose to make the United States their home. Austro-Hungarian (now the Czech Republic) composer Erich Korngold’s title music to the 1940 film The Sea Hawk is being performed. This is just a glimpse at the talented romantic and film score composer who won an Academy Award for his score to the 1938 film The Adventures of Robin Hood and has gained recent popularity with the revival of his stunning opera Die tote Stadt. Russian-born composer and American resident Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is also being included in the concert. The flowing work, based on Niccolò Paganini’s Caprices for solo violin, highlights solo piano with symphony orchestra in a concerto style. The final piece programmed on this electrifying concert is Concerto for Orchestra by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, who fled his native country during World War II but did not abandon his roots. Influences of Hungarian folk music are heard throughout this entrancing piece.

CCM Wind Symphony, led by Music Director and conductor Rodney Winther, follows suit in a “Salute to the American Composer” on April 29, highlighting living American-born composers. Included in the concert are Joseph Schwantner’s In Evening’s Stillness, Rodney Rogers’ Prevailing Winds, Dana Wilson’s Calling, Ever Calling featuring CCM Associate Professor Mark Ostoich, oboe, Jim Self’s Tour de Force – Episodes for Wind Ensemble and Grammy winner Michael Daugherty’s new piece Lost Vegas, for which the internationally-acclaimed composer will be in attendance. Each of these gifted living composers contribute to the vibrant and growing field of composition in the United States today.

Tickets are $10, $5 non-UC students, UC students free. Contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 or boxoff@uc.edu for more information.

About Michael Daugherty
Michael Daugherty is one of the most commissioned, performed, and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. His music is rich with cultural allusions and bears the stamp of classic modernism, with colliding tonalities and blocks of sound; at the same time, his melodies can be eloquent and stirring. Daugherty has been hailed by The Times (London) as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.” Daugherty first came to international attention when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Zinman, performed his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 1994. Since that time, Daugherty’s music has entered the orchestral, band and chamber music repertory and made him, according to the League of American Orchestras, one of the ten most performed living American composers.

In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina was honored with three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Also in 2011, Naxos released a new CD of Daugherty’s orchestral music to great acclaim entitled Route 66 with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony.

Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. He studied music composition at the University of North Texas (1972-76), the Manhattan School of Music (1976-78), and computer music at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris (1979-80). Daugherty received his doctorate from Yale University in 1986 where his teachers included Jacob Druckman, Earle Brown, Roger Reynolds, and Bernard Rands. During this time, he also collaborated with jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York, and pursued further studies with composer György Ligeti in Hamburg, Germany (1982-84). After teaching music composition from 1986-90 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Daugherty joined the School of Music at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1991, where he is Professor of Composition and a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers.

Daugherty has been Composer-in-Residence with the Louisville Symphony Orchestra (2000), Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1999-2003), Colorado Symphony Orchestra (2001-02), Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (2001-04, 2006-08, 2011), Westshore Symphony Orchestra (2005-06), Eugene Symphony (2006), the Henry Mancini Summer Institute (2006), the Music from Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival (2006), and the Pacific Symphony (2010).

Daugherty has received numerous awards, distinctions, and fellowships for his music, including: a Fulbright Fellowship (1977), the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award (1989), the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1991), fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1992) and the Guggenheim Foundation (1996), and the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (2000). In 2005, Daugherty received the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Composer’s Award, and in 2007, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra selected Daugherty as the winner of the A.I. DuPont Award. Also in 2007, he received the American Bandmasters Association Ostwald Award for his composition Raise the Roof for Timpani and Symphonic Band. Daugherty has been named “Outstanding Classical Composer” at the Detroit Music Awards in 2007, 2009 and 2010. His GRAMMY® award winning recordings can be heard on Albany, Argo, Delos, Equilibrium, Klavier, Naxos and Nonesuch labels.

Learn more about the artist at http://www.michaeldaugherty.net

American Voices XIII: American Emigrés
CCM Philharmonia
Annunziata Tomaro, conductor
8 p.m. Thursday, April 28
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $10, $5 non-UC students, UC students free.

Salute to the American Composer
CCM Wind Symphony
Rodney Winther, music director and conductor
8 p.m. Friday, April 29
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $10, $5 non-UC students, UC students free.

Ordering and Additional Information:
Box Office: 513-556-4183 or boxoff@uc.edu

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