Join Opera Theater Oregon for a special performance of This Land Sings by Grammy® award winning composer Michael Daugherty. In the format of an old-time radio show, Daugherty has created 11 original songs and five instrumental pieces  blending original lyrics with music that often draws from the simple, yet enduring folk melodies that Guthrie would rework into his own songs. Daugherty’s stylistically eclectic work weaves the political, social, and environmental themes of Woody Guthrie’s era with poignant and contemporary relevance. Also on the program is rising composer Michael Lanci‘s award-winning Songs for Joe Hill, inspired by the protest songs of 19th Century labor activist Joe Hill. OTO’s presentation will be the NW premiere of both of these works! 

Look forward to performances by Hannah Penn, Daniel Mobbs, Helen Huang, Lisa Neher, and OTO directors Nicholas Meyer, Lisa Lipton and Justin Ralls with stage direction by Julia Bray – with a special appearance by Portland’s very own progressive talk radio host, Thom Hartmann as our radio announcer. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks to come!

Sung in English
Duration: Approx. 2 HRS with Intermission

DATES (2019)
Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 25, at 3:00pm

Alberta Rose Theatre | 3000 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 • 503-764-4131


Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1954. He is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians.  Daugherty has achieved international recognition as one of the ten most performed American composers of concert music, according to the League of American Orchestras. His orchestral music, recorded by Naxos over the last two decades, has received six GRAMMY awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 and 2017.

Daugherty’s music has been commissioned and premiered by many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Albany Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony (U.K), Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra (London), Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, RAI Symphony Orchestra (Milan) and San Francisco Symphony. 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 (1980-82), Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris (1979-80) and György Ligeti in Hamburg (1982-84). Daugherty was also an assistant to jazz arranger Gil Evans in New York from 1980-82.  In 1991, Daugherty joined the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance as Professor of Composition, where he is a mentor to many of today’s most talented young composers. He is also a frequent guest of professional orchestras, university wind ensembles, festivals and music conservatories around the world.

Michael Lanci is a composer and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. His music is viscerally engaging and stylistically diverse, drawing from a wide range of influences. Most recently, Michael was a finalist for the Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation Competition that included the commissioning and premiere of his first opera Crude Capital, based on an original libretto by Ajax Phillips. Michael was also awarded the 2017-18 American Prize for his collection of 5 protest songs dedicated to late nineteenth century singer-songwriter and labor rights activist Joe Hill.

Michael’s works have been performed at festivals such as the Cortona Sessions,  Edmont Fringe FestivalOrford FestivalDetroit Bureau of Sound, Midwest Composers Symposium and the Vox Novus Festival. He has received commissions from the Cincinnati Symphony OrchestraBeth Morrison Projects,  Beyond PluckUnhread-of//EnsembleKlangpar2, and the Vive! Ensemble. His works have been performed by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, ContemporaneousHypercubeAll Of The AboveBuffalo Chamber PlayersDuo d’Entre Deux, and the Decho Ensemble.

Michael holds a B.M. in piano performance from SUNY Albany, where he also studied composition with Max Lifchitz and a M.M. in composition from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Rob Deemer and Karl Boelter. Michael completed his D.M.A. in composition at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Michael Fiday.




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