Evelyn Glennie New Composition Works "UFO"

Discussion in 'The Auditorium - Concert Details' started by ROBWILLIAMS, Aug 23, 2006.


    ROBWILLIAMS New Member

    Great progress is being made in planning the concert with Evelyn Glennie and Aldbourne Band and we are pleased to be able to announce the first new composition works for the event, UFO”.

    Written originally for solo percussion and orchestra, by Michael Daugherty, this work was commissioned by the US National Symphony Orchestra. UFO is inspired by the unidentified flying objects that have been an obsession in American popular culture since 1947.

    The third of the three major sections of the composition - "Unidentified," "Flying," and "Objects" – has now been arranged for percussion and brass band by Phillip Littlemore. The percussion soloist is introduced as an alien, arriving unexpectedly and playing mysterious percussion instruments in unfamiliar ways. The soloist travels to different percussion stations on the stage and performs sleight-of-hand improvisations that may leave the listener wondering: Is this another UFO sighting?

    Michael Daugherty is one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his generation. He has created a niche in the music world that is uniquely his own, composing concert music inspired by contemporary American popular culture. Born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Daugherty is the son of a dance-band drummer and the oldest of five brothers, all professional musicians. He studied music composition at North Texas State University (1972-76) and Manhattan School of Music (1976-79, and computer music at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris (1979-80). Daugherty received his doctorate in composition from Yale University in 1986.

    Daugherty’s works has also included Metropolis Symphony (1988-93), a tribute to the Superman comics and Fire and Blood (2003), a violin concerto commissioned and premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by conductor Neeme Järvi. The Detroit Symphony also commissioned and premiered Daugherty’s second symphony, MotorCity Triptych (2000). His third symphony, Philadelphia Stories (2001), was commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by David Zinman. Micahel is currently Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

    Tickets for the concert are are selling very well from the following outlets:

    Tickets (transport NOT included) priced at £15 (Back), £17 (Middle) and £19 (Front) are available from Alan Watson – 01672 540580. All are downstairs as disabled access is not available upstairs, and within reason specific seat numbers can be allocated.

    Barnes Coaches is organizing a Coach and Ticket package – 01672 540330. A set of seats has been pre-allocated to this package, specific seat numbers are not available, but the seats are the “best in the house” – the highest price, but the best all round view and position. Coaches are departing from Newbury, Hungerford, Aldbourne and Swindon currently, but they are open to booking additional coaches or even private coaches for the event.

    Wheelchair seats are available from the Colston Hall Box Office - 0117-922-3686 – limited to 5 wheelchairs – so please book early – there will be no further seats allocated once the 5 are sold. The Colston Hall also has it's on-line box office for web purchases.

    Further details of the concert and ticketing are available from the concert website


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