MUSIC: CROSS OVER, BEETHOVEN

JACKIE O COMPOSER MICHAEL DAUGHERTY BRINGS A POP-CULTURE SENSIBILITY TO CLASSICAL MUSIC

I don't want to bore people with my music," says Michael Daugherty. He needn't worry. Daugherty's zany, pop-flavored brand of classical music is lots of things, but boring isn't one of them. His compositions include Elvis Everywhere, a work for string quartet and three Elvis impersonators on tape; Desi, a woodwind tribute to I Love Lucy; and Metropolis Symphony, a five-movement orchestral salute to Superman. And on March 14, Daugherty's first opera, Jackie O, about guess who, was produced by Houston Grand Opera. Set to a libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum, author of the panegyric 1995 book Jackie Under My Skin, Jackie...

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