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Professor Daugherty's "Vulcan" Premiered by Ann Arbor High School Bands


In a gala concert at Hill Auditorium, the Pioneer, Huron and Skyline High School Bands of Ann Arbor will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Ann Arbor High School Band. This historic centennial concert will place on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Vulcan for Concert Band, written by Grammy Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, a professor of composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. The new work was commissioned jointly by Ann Arbor High School band directors David Leach (Pioneer), Stephen Roberts (Huron) and Jason Smith (Skyline).  

Michael Daugherty writes: "Vulcan for Concert Band is my musical homage to Gene Roddenberry's interstellar universe as depicted in the classic American television series Star Trek (1966-69). The title refers to the fiery planet Vulcan, the homeworld of the half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock. As the rational science officer aboard the starship Enterprise, commandeered by the hot-blooded Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Spock grapples with the 'fascinating' predicament of making decisions predicated on human emotion or Vulcan logic. I have composed stirring, yet highly structured music, which alludes to Vulcan 'Pon Farr' rituals, Vulcan telepathic mind-melds and Mr. Spock's volcanic planet of Vulcan." 



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