Thursday 5 Oct 2017, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Matthew Coorey conductor

Robin O'Neill bassoon

Daugherty Mermaid AvenueEuropean premiere

Daugherty Walk the WalkEuropean premiere

Daugherty Sing Sing: J Edgar Hoover for string quartet and tape

Daugherty Dead Elvis for bassoon and ensemble

Michael Daugherty is one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of the last 30 years. Much of his brilliantly crafted and imaginative music refers to popular American icons, artfully blending nostalgia and sarcasm in equal measure. Mermaid Avenue and Walk the Walk make references to Woody Guthrie and Motown musical grooves, whilst pitch-black humour can be heard in Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover and Dead Elvis, a Faustian tale on The King of Rock 'n' Roll.

This concert is part of the Music of Today series

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