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"This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, & Protest Inspired by the Life & Times of Woody Guthrie"

Aired on Friday, April 22nd.

On this edition of ST, we present an interesting chat with the noted American composer and conductor Michael Daugherty, whose musical works seem to delight in the wide range of American pop culture; he's thus created classical/pop crossover compositions inspired by (to name but a few) Jackie O, Elvis, and Superman. And to that list we can now add Woody Guthrie, for Daugherty's newest work -- "This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love, and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie" -- will have its world premiere performance tonight (Friday the 22nd; at 7pm) at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa. This piece was commissioned by the excellent chamber-music collective Tulsa Camerata, which will be performing it tonight with additional musicians, including Daugherty himself, who will be holding the baton. Daugherty tells us about the origins and dimensions of his Guthrie-influenced piece, and about his fascinating career in music more generally, on today's show.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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