This Land Sings:
Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie

A Musical Tribute to the Dust Bowl Troubadour

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In This Land Sings, GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty has created an original musical tribute to the singer-songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie (1912–1967). Traveling the backroads of America from coast to coast with a guitar and harmonica, Woody Guthrie performed folk songs of love, wandering and social justice during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Daugherty has composed his own original songs and instrumental interludes that give haunting expression, ironic wit and contemporary relevance to political, social and environmental themes from Guthrie’s era. Under the baton of GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire, joined by soprano Annika Socolofsky and baritone John Daugherty, give a poignant and rousing performance.
Woody Guthrie


Soloists|Dogs of Desire | David Alan Miller

Annika Socolofsky
About Annika Socolofsky, Soprano

Annika Socolofsky
is a US composer and avant-folk vocalist. Her music erupts from the power and nuance of the human voice and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral and operatic works to unaccompanied folk ballads. As a vocalist, she has worked with composers such as Michael Daugherty, Gemma Peacocke, and Alex Dowling. Socolofsky is a recipient of a Fromm Foundation Commission, the Cortona Prize, numerous honors from BMI and ASCAP, and has been awarded fellowships from the Blackbird Creative Lab, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival.

About John Daugherty, Baritone

Baritone John Daugherty pursues a busy schedule of opera, song recitals and oratorio, performing repertoire drawn from a wide array of genres and styles. His recent stage roles include Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Joseph de Rocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. In the concert hall, Daugherty has appeared with the Albany Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theater. An avid proponent of new music, Daugherty appeared in the world premieres of Jules Pegram’s award-winning opera Higher Ground, and Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings.

John Daugherty

Dogs of Desire performing Michael Daugherty’s This Land Sings at the Albany Symphony America Festival, Troy, New York, June 3, 2017

Dedicated to exploring and celebrating the intersection between popular culture and traditional orchestral music, to bending and blending genres, the Albany Symphony’s contemporary new music ensemble, Dogs of Desire, has commissioned more than 150 new works from America’s most exciting composers. GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller founded Dogs of Desire in 1994 with members of the Albany Symphony. Since that time, the ensemble has gained a national reputation as an incubator for the most inventive musical creators of our time.

David Alan Miller
About David Alan Miller

GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the ensemble’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Miller won the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming.

Award-winning recordings of music by Michael Daugherty

‘Colourful and characterful works… Vivid performances, particularly by the excellent soloists.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

'Anyone interested in post-Copland Americana will certainly want to have this for the excellent Metropolis Symphony.'
American Record Guide
‘A real tour de force and essential listening to fans of contemporary music… It will knock your socks off.’
‘Marin Alsop has established herself as a champion of Daugherty’s music, and performs all of it with obvious commitment. No reservations whatever – this is just excellent..’

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