This week, Performance Oklahoma presents composer Michael Daugherty and the Norman Philharmonic's first anniversary season concert! The program, Meet the Composer, given on Sunday, January 20th 2013 at the Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts offers performances of Hoe-Down from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony, and three works by Daugherty: Raise the Roof (2003) with principal timpanist Lance Drege, Trail of Tears (2010) with principal flutist Valerie Watts and On the Air from the Symphonic Fantasy Radio City (2011). Also on the program: Leopold Mozart's Toy Symphony, featuring students from the Norman Public Schools and Sooner String Project. The program features commentary from Michael, the soloists and the ensemble's music and artistic director Richard Zielinski.
Oklahoma's newest professional orchestra, the Norman Philharmonic, was formed in 2011, its purpose and vision to establish an innovative and standard-setting chamber orchestra, to commission new works from American composers, to establish Norman, Oklahoma as a center of excellence in the arts and to excite the youth of Oklahoma about symphonic music. In an era when orchestras across America are struggling for survival, The Norman Philharmonic and the City of Norman, Oklahoma are committed to presenting a variety of imaginative concerts each season. In January of 2012, the ensemble offered its first concert with composer Libby Larsen.
Hear this Performance Oklahoma program on April 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm on Classical 88.7-1.