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Raise the Roof!

Betsy Goolian05/30/2008

A new CD of works by composer and faculty member Michael Daugherty, performed by the University Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock, has been released on the Equilibrium label. Previews are available on Block M Records (blockmrecords.org). The works, all recorded at the acoustic marvel we know as Hill Auditorium, were composed by Daugherty over the past decade. Some highlights:

The title work, Raise the Roof, for timpani and symphonic band, was premiered by the University Symphony Band at the March 2007 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, hosted here in Ann Arbor. Inspired by such grand architectural wonders as Notre Dame Cathedral and the Empire State Building, the work creates “a grand acoustic construction by bringing the timpani into the foreground.” Andre Dowell, BM ’04, is timpanist for this performance.

Brooklyn Bridge for clarinet and symphonic band received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in February 2005, performed by the University Symphony Band under the baton of Michael Haithcock. Daugherty’s ode to this cultural icon uses the four cables that support the bridge as a launching point for four movements that look east to Brooklyn, west to Wall Street and lower Manhattan, north to the Empire State Building, and south to the Statue of Liberty, each of the movements evoking a different musical view and coloration. The final movement conjures up the great jazz swing clarinetist of the 1940s, Artie Shaw, performing with his orchestra in the once glorious Rainbow Room at the top of Rockefeller Center. Michael Wayne, who received his BM in clarinet in 2003 and now plays with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is soloist.

Daugherty has been hailed as a “master icon maker” (London Times) whose colorful and inventive works are widely performed. Haithcock, Director of Bands at Michigan since 2001, follows in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds in continuing the tradition of excellence and the critical acclaim for which the University Symphony Band has become famous.

Also on the CD: Asclepius (2007), a fanfare for brass and percussion written on the occasion of the grand opening of the Michigan Cardiovascular Center; Bells for Stokowski (2002), a tribute to this influential and controversial conductor and champion of new works; and Niagra Falls (1997), a quintessentially American musical ride down the Niagra River.

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