By Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Come celebrate the Norman Philharmonic’s first anniversary during their upcoming concert featuring American composer Michael Daugherty.
The concert, titled Meet the Composer - Michael Daugherty, highlights three of Daugherty’s pieces alongside a variety of classical favorites at 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Nancy O’Brian Performing Arts Center, 1809 N. Stubbeman Ave.
Norman Phil Music and Artistic Director Richard Zielinski said the orchestra will perform three of Daugherty’s compositions including “Raise the Roof” for timpani and orchestra featuring Lance Drege on timpani, “Trail of Tears” for flute and chamber orchestra featuring Valerie Watts on flute, and “On the Air.”
“He’s a wonderful composer,” Zielinski said. “I think he’s going to be very interesting for the audience.”
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 405-579-5442. For more information visit normanphilharmonic.com.
Other pieces on the program include Aaron Copland’s Hoe-Down from “Rodeo” and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21. Students from Norman Public Schools will perform Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony in G major alongside the Sooner String Project. The final piece is “Norman Anthem” from “Symphony: Forward” by Libby Larsen.
Zielinski said he hopes the diverse repertoire of the concert appeals to many different audience members, and meets the Norman Phil’s objectives of both entertaining and educating.
The orchestra is performing two educational concerts for NPS students 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Nancy O’Brian Performing Arts Center. The 30-minute concerts are free and open to the public. Zielinski said Daugherty will be present to speak about his music.
In the future, Zielinski has visions of continuing the Norman Phil’s momentum by continuing to bring in American composers and possibly beginning a summer classical music festival in Norman. Ultimately, he said, it’s Norman’s orchestra and it’s whatever the people want it to be.
“I want this to reflect Norman. I think Norman has diversity,” he said. “It’s a beautiful place to live and there’s a lot of great things here in Norman.”
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