Michael Daugherty http://wrti.org en The Ides of March http://wrti.org/post/ides-march <p>Julius Caesar had better watch his back on <strong>Now Is the Time, Saturday, March 15th at 9 pm at wrti.org and WRTI-HD2</strong>. Brutus doesn't show up, but look out for the <em>Silver Dagger</em> of Stacy Garrop, an Appalachian somebody-done-somebody-wrong song. Eric Moe channels comic-book philosophy of "they said it couldn't be done" in <em>Dead Elf Tugboat</em>, and Andy Teirstein throws a bright light on fate with the narrated drama <em>The Shooting of Dan McGrew</em>.<br /><br />Michael Daugherty's <em>Dead Elvis</em> romps through one corner of pop culture, and Dan Visconti's <em>Lawless Airs</em> through another, with a violin accompanied by a harp sounding like a broken guitar played by a cowboy. The percussion quartet ensemble, et al. cautions with <em>No Matter How Fast You Run Today, you will Never Catch up to Tomorrow</em>, Joshua Rosenblum offers a tonic to the Ides with <em>Forward March</em>, and Mark Zuckerman clears the air of fate with the canon, <em>Grant Us Peace</em>.<br /> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:17:13 +0000 Kile Smith 7094 at http://wrti.org The Ides of March Labor Day Weekend on Now Is the Time http://wrti.org/post/labor-day-weekend-now-time <p>Maybe this weekend you're traveling with <strong>Now Is the Time, Sunday, September 1st at 10 pm</strong>. We start with <em>City Columns</em> for orchestra by Shawn Crouch, and then go way, way out with Michael Daugherty's percussion concerto <em>UFO</em>. Evelyn Glennie solos, sometimes on unidentified pieces of metal, in the work that's all about Roswell and Area 51 and improvising in front of a large wind ensemble.<br><br>It's also the time of year for going back to school, and Matthew McCabe remembers his first music teacher in&nbsp;<em>Everything Must Be Beautiful</em>. The homage uses her voice, together with electronically processed sounds, in glorious, retro, two-channel tape. Whether you're here or far, far away (<a href="http://wrti.org">we stream online!</a>), and whether you study, teach, work, or rest, have a great weekend!</p><p> Sun, 01 Sep 2013 01:43:24 +0000 Kile Smith 6397 at http://wrti.org Labor Day Weekend on Now Is the Time Mark Pinto Recommends... http://wrti.org/post/mark-pinto-recommends-3 <p><i><b>Michael Daugherty: Route 66</b></i><br /><br /> Marin Alsop conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra<br /><br /></p> <p>This month we're off on a musical road trip out West with composer Michael Daugherty. Daugherty, born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, draws much of his inspiration from the icons of American popular culture. With works inspired by Superman, Jackie Onassis, Liberace, Elvis Presley, Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, and even our own fair city, nothing is seemingly off-limits to his vivid imagination. He composes in a postmodern style that alternates between abstraction and realism, referencing elements of the jazz and pop music he grew up playing, with a strong sense of musical structure.<br /><br /></p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:26:00 +0000 Mark Pinto 2579 at http://wrti.org Mark Pinto Recommends...