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Naxos / February 2011

Bournemouth Symphony
Marin Alsop
Route 66
Ghost Ranch
Sunset Strip
Time Machine
Classics Today Review
"Daugherty writes music that is propulsive, accessible yet well constructed and deeply imbued with the spirits of both romanticism and postmodernism."
----Washington Post

May 2014 CD release of Daugherty "Fallingwater" for solo violin and strings The Journey of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & the NEW CENTURY Chamber Orchestra
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NSS MUSIC releases "From A To Z", featuring the passionate and energetic violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as soloist with the "fresh-sounding and consistently exciting" San Francisco-based New Century Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The world premiere live recording features works by celebrated composers Clarice Assad, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

Michael Daugherty and Evelyn Glennie at dress rehearsal of Daugherty's Dreamachine for solo percussion and orchestra on May 11, 2014.  WDR Rundunk Orchestra, Cologne, Germany.


Cellist Zuill Bailey and composer Michael Daugherty at a Detroit Tigers baseball game Detroit, Michigan, May 23, 2014.  Mr. Bailey will premiere Daugherty's new Cello Concerto with the Nashville Symphony in April 2015.

 Dynamic / July 2009 / Bologna Opera
Jackie O on DVD
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Ann Arbor high school bands premiere "Vulcan" by Grammy® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty at historic centennial concert

In a gala concert at Hill Auditorium, the Pioneer, Huron, and Skyline High School Bands of Ann Arbor will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Ann Arbor High School Band. This historic centennial concert will place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Vulcan for Concert Band, written by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, a professor of composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The new Daugherty work was commissioned jointly by Ann Arbor High School band directors David Leach (Pioneer), Stephen Roberts (Huron) and Jason Smith (Skyline).  

Michael Daugherty writes: “Vulcan for Concert Band is my musical homage to Gene Roddenberry’s interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series Star Trek (1966-69). The title refers to the fiery planet Vulcan, the homeworld of the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. As the rational science officer aboard the starship Enterprise, commandeered by the hot-blooded Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock grapples with the “fascinating” predicament of making decisions predicated on human emotion or Vulcan logic. I have composed stirring, yet highly structured music, which alludes to Vulcan “Pon Farr” rituals, Vulcan telepathic mind-melds and Mr. Spock’s volcanic planet of Vulcan.


Three GRAMMY Wins!
Naxos / September 2009
Nashville Symphony
Giancarlo Guerrero
Metropolis Symphony
Deus ex Machina

Click here for GRAMMY acceptance speech
Click here for Metropolis Symphony video
Classics Today review

"Metropolis Symphony is aSymphonie Fantastique for our times"  

----The Times (London)







Naxos Records presents the latest release from composer Michael Daugherty (b. 1954); a compilation of three world premieres for orchestra and choir. The works combine to form a fascinating look at several important centerpieces of what is referred to as, 'The Greatest Generation,' the period of American history between the Great Depression and World War II. --Edge Network, by Steven Bergman, Tuesday May 7, 2013 


GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores three icons of 'The Greatest Generation', a turbulent period of adversity and achievement in the United States of America spanning the Great Depression of the 1930s through the Second World War. Mount Rushmore is a dramatic oratorio inspired by the monumental sculpture of four American presidents carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Radio City is a symphonic fantasy on the legendary Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in live radio broadcasts heard by millions across America. The Gospel According to Sister Aimee is an organ concerto inspired by the rise, fall and redemption of religious celebrity Aimee Semple McPherson. Under the masterful baton of Music Director Carl St.Clair, the renowned Pacific Symphony is joined by Pacific Chorale, one of America's greatest choirs, and GRAMMY Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.