“The Detroit Symphony Orchestra this week welcomes two familiar faces to Orchestra Hall: beloved music director emeritus Neeme Jarvi and former composer-in-residence Michael Daugherty,” writes Mark Stryker in Thursday’s (10/20) Detroit Free Press. “One of the highlights of Jarvi’s tenure from 1990 through 2005 was the productive partnership with Daugherty, whose pop culture-influenced scores became a staple during the four years he was composer-in-residence. Between 1999 and 2003, Jarvi premiered four substantial works by Daugherty written on Detroit themes, including ‘Rosa Parks Boulevard’ and ‘Fire and Blood,’ the latter a violin concerto inspired by the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts.… Daugherty’s latest work, ‘Tales of Hemingway,’ a concerto for cello and orchestra, was the result of a multi-orchestra commission including the DSO. The Nashville Symphony, with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and soloist Zuill Bailey, premiered the piece last year. Now the DSO is taking its turn with Jarvi on the podium and Bailey as soloist. Daugherty, who teaches at the University of Michigan, translates the legacy of Ernest Hemingway into four movements, each based on one of his short stories or novels. The program also includes Jarvi leading Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1.” The concert will be webcast live at http://www.dso.org/live.
Posted October 21, 2016