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Contemporary Music Festival Nov. 2-3

October 29, 2009

The 2009 Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival and the Colorado State School of the Arts welcome Micheal Daugherty as Composer-in-Residence for the festival. Daugherty's orchestral, wind ensemble, and chamber music works have been commissioned and performed around the world. During the festival, Daugherty's music will be performed and he'll be on hand to offer comments.

Monday, Nov. 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3. 7:30-9 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts 

The Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival is an event that involves numerous music students and faculty. 

On Monday night, Nov. 7, audiences will hear the Colorado State Wind Ensemble and Faculty Chamber Music. The second night of the festival, Tuesday, Nov. 8, features the University Symphony and additional Faculty Chamber Music selections.
The concert will feature music and comments by Composer-in-Residence Michael Daugherty.

Since its inception in 1978, the RMCMF has been an excellent opportunity for CSU faculty and students to work first hand with high caliber composers. 

“If the phrase ‘contemporary music’ scares you, then this concert is for you,” says Wes Kenney, University Symphony Orchestra director. “The music of Michael Daugherty is always provocative, tuneful, and often downright fun, weaving stories that you’ll feel and understand the first time you listen.”

For Maestro Kenney, Michael Daugherty demonstrates the kind of international success a modern composer might have. “He is a very polished composer, knows his craft extremely well, and will bring a wealth of ideas as inspiration to CSU,” Kenney says.

Widely performed and commissioned artist

Daugherty, one of the most performed and commissioned American composers of his generation, came to international attention in 1995 and his many orchestral, wind ensemble, and chamber music works have been commissioned, and performed throughout the world.

Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival Composer-in-Residence Michael Daughtery.

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. During the 1970s he studied music composition at North Texas State University and the Manhattan School of Music, computer music at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris, and received his doctorate in composition from Yale University.  

 He was composer-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1999-2003) and with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (2001-2003), and is currently Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

 Daugherty has received numerous awards including the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, recognition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.   


  • $5/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • $10/adult  

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603