The world premiere broadcast of "This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie” will air over Classical 88.7 KWTU, Tulsa, on Sunday, April 23 at 4:00 pm.
Written by Grammy award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, this new work was commissioned as part of Tulsa Camerata’s sixth season through the generous support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The premiere broadcast is presented as part of the 4th anniversary celebrations for Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center.
Recalling the radio broadcasts of yesteryear, "This Land Sings" pays tribute to Woody Guthrie and the social issues he cared about through eleven songs and five instrumental pieces. The performance features soprano Annika Socolofsky and baritone John Daugherty, as well as narration by Tulsa Camerata executive director and resident musicologist Jason Heilman. The seven-piece instrumental ensemble of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone and percussion mirrors that of Igor Stravinsky’s "The Soldier’s Tale".
The broadcast program was recorded and produced by Public Radio Tulsa.