"This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, & Protest Inspired by the Life & Times of Woody Guthrie"

Apr 26, 2016

On this edition of ST, we present an interesting chat with the noted American composer and conductor Michael Daugherty, whose musical works seem to delight in the wide range of American pop culture; he's thus created classical/pop crossover compositions inspired by (to name but a few) Jackie O, Elvis, and Superman. And to that list we can now add Woody Guthrie, for Daugherty's newest work -- "This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie" -- will have its world premiere performance tonight (Friday the 22nd; at 7pm) at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. This piece was commissioned by the excellent chamber-music collective Tulsa Camerata, which will be performing it tonight with additional musicians, including Daugherty himself, who will be holding the baton. Daugherty tells us about the origins and dimensions of his Guthrie-influenced piece, and about his fascinating career in music more generally, on today's show.