A white man in a white shirt and black jacket sits outside with his arms crossed and smiles.

Ryan Kelly, conductor

Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo soprano 
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone 
Michael Daugherty, narrator 


Michael Daugherty
This Land Sings  

About the Program

During these times of turbulence and uncertainty, I think back to the songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie, who traveled across America with his guitar and harmonica to perform songs of hope and social justice during the Great Depression and World War II. As a musical tribute to this Dust Bowl troubadour, I have composed This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie, a song cycle with seventeen original vocal and instrumental numbers, like a Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast. It is my hope that this Naxos recording, featuring the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire, will remind us that music can spark greater awareness and bring about meaningful change.

Michael Daugherty


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$5 – 10

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Chamber Music New Music Streamed Online Vocal Arts