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Santa Rosa Symphony Premieres a Michael Daugherty piece inspired by Sonoma landscapes

By: Steve Osborn, May 10, 2022 - San Francisco Classical Voice

“The most sacred duty of audiences,” said Santa Rosa Symphony Conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong at their May 8 concert, “is to hear orchestral works for the first time.” The concert offered that duty in the form of a world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s Valley of the Moon, a programmatic work sketching specific landscapes in Sonoma County. In the words of Daugherty, who introduced the work, “Santa Rosa, this is your piece.”

Daugherty called the four movements of Valley of the Moon a road trip to four spots in Sonoma County: the coast, Bodega Bay, the redwoods, and Jack London State Park. All four spots are well on the beaten path, a classic itinerary for tourists.

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