Program 2: Legacies and Concertos


Jones: Elegy
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile
Susan Babini, cello
Arensky: Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky
Assad: Dreamscapes
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Daugherty: Fallingwater for solo violin and strings
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
World Premiere
Commissioned by the New Century Chamber Orchestra

Program Notes



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Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10am, Kanbar Performing Arts Center, San Francisco


Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8pm, Mountain View Center for Performing Arts

East Bay

Friday, November 22, 2013, 8pm, First Congregational Church, Berkeley

San Francisco

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 8pm, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco


Sunday, November 24, 2013, 5pm, Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael

About the Concert

New Century presents two violin concertos written especially for Music Director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg: the world premiere of Fallingwater by 2013-2014 Featured Composer Michael Daugherty, and a reprise of Clarice Assad’s sublime Dreamscapes.

Featured Composer

Characterized by music that is rich with cultural allusions bearing the stamp of classic modernism, Michael Daugherty is one of the most frequently performed living American composers. Daugherty first came to international attention with the 1994 performance of his Metropolis Symphony at Carnegie Hall with the Baltimore Symphony conducted by David Zinman and has since composed a vast number of works spanning orchestral, band and chamber music.

His music has received numerous awards and fellowships including “Outstanding Classical Composer” at the Detroit Awards, the Delaware Symphony’s A.I. DuPont Award and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Composer’s Award; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also featured as Composer-in-Residence with such as orchestras as the Louisville Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Colorado Symphony and festivals as the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary of Music, Henry Mancini Summer Institute and the Music from Angel Fire Chamber Music Festival.

Daugherty’s music has been released on numerous labels including Albany, Argo, Delos, Equilibrium, Klavier, Naxos and Nonesuch. On Naxos, the Nashville Symphony’s 2011 recording of Metropolis Symphony and Deus ex Machina received three GRAMMY awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition. In the same year, Naxos released a CD of orchestral music to great acclaim entitled Route 66 with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the oldest of five brothers, all of whom are professional musicians. His education includes degrees from the University of North Texas, the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. He also studied computer music with Pierre Boulez at IRCAM in Paris in addition to pursuing further studies with Gyorgy Ligeti in Hamburg, Germany. Daugherty has taught music composition at Oberlin conservatory of Music and currently teaches as the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he is Professor of Composition.