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.
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.
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.
‘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 seventeen 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 make a difference.’ – Michael DaughertyAbout Michael Daugherty
Michael Daugherty’s music has entered the 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, recorded by Naxos over the last two decades, has received six GRAMMY Awards, including Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2011 for Deus ex Machina for piano and orchestra and in 2017 for Tales of Hemingway for cello and orchestra. Naxos recordings of Daugherty’s music include UFO (Colorado Symphony and Marin Alsop, 8.559165); Fire and Blood (Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi, 8.559372); Metropolis Symphony (Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero, 8.559635); Route 66 (Bournemouth Symphony and Alsop, 8.559613); Mount Rushmore (Pacific Symphony and Carl St. Clair, 8.559749); Tales of Hemingway (Nashville Symphony and Guerrero, 8.559798); and Dreamachine (Albany Symphony and David Alan Miller, 8.559807).
This new recording also features composer Michael Daugherty playing harmonica (Track 14).