Daron Hagen is one of America's most versatile, prolific, and respected composers. All eight of his major operas are currently in production or revival somewhere in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. His orchestral, chamber, and song catalogues are frequently programmed internationally. Mr. Hagen's activities include stage direction, conducting; and engagements as a collaborative pianist, artistic director, writer, and librettist.
Mother shaped my image because she needed a subject, she loved me, and because I was available.
Atop the bookshelf in my sons' room sits a terracotta sculpture of me for which I recall sitting for Mother during the summer of my ninth year. As she smoked Pall Malls and fashioned the gritty clay on the back porch of our house, I saw my form slowly take shape beneath her expressive hands. I remember the shrill metallic burr of the dog-day cicadas mingling with the purling of Paganini Violin Concertos-to which we listened, mother having been a violinist well into her teens-one after another, as she worked on the statue for the entirety of that idyllic summer.
When my buddies swung by and asked me to play Last of the Mohicans, or Star Trek, or Rat Patrol in the woods with them, Mother said, "Listen, go ahead if you like. But if you want it to look like you, you have to stick with it; don't be surprised if it starts looking a...
15 December 2013
New York, NY
National Opera Center
SONNET, from LOVE SONGS is featured in tandem with a reading by Gardner McFall of her original poem. Jamie van Eyck, soprano / Jocelyn Dueck
12 January 2014
LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND [NEW STAGED PRODUCTION] Tulsa Youth Opera. For more information, click here.
16 January 2014
Roanoke Symphony Destination Concert
The Green Room, 6 PM
VEGETABLE VERSELETS Tracy Cowden, piano / Arianna Wyatt, soprano. For more information, click here.