Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann took the red eye flight from Los Angeles to Baton Rouge just so she can sing one song Tuesday night with the LSU Wind Ensemble.

She's one of the few sopranos that can sing composer Michael Daugherty's "Labyrinth of Love." And he's the one who recommended that wind ensemble director Damon Talley contact Plitmann.

"Michael's our composer-in-residence. He'll be working with us this week, and he encouraged me to contact her, so I reached out," says Talley. "He said she takes advantage of every opportunity to sing the song."

Daugherty was right. Plitmann rearranged her plans for the LSU Wind Ensemble's concert in the LSU Union Theater.

She flew directly to Baton Rouge after her Sunday night performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, then will be flying to a concert in Sweden on Wednesday.

"She'll conduct a master class with our students while she's here," Talley says. "And Michael not only will be working with the Wind Ensemble but he'll stay until the end of the week, appearing with the Symphonic Winds in their concert on Thursday and will work with the Symphonic Band in their Thursday rehearsal."

Daugherty also is a Grammy Award winner, as well as one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded contemporary American composers. He has been hailed by The Times of London as “a master icon maker” with a “maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear.”

In 2011, the Nashville Symphony’s Naxos recording of Daugherty’s "Metropolis Symphony & Deus ex Machina" received three Grammy Awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

The Wind Ensemble also will be performing his "Bells for Stokowski."

"He'll speak before each piece," Talley says. "He'll talk to the audience about the music."

Plitmann, who lives in London, is known for premiering works by today's leading composers. She has been the concert headliner for symphony orchestras throughout the world, and Entertainment Today has called her voice, "a vocal instrument that is simply unreal in its beauty.”

Plitmann also sang celestial solos on the soundtrack for Ron Howard's 2006 drama, "The Da Vinci Code," and originated the role of Exstasis in Eric Whitacre’s groundbreaking electro-musical "Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings" at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena, where she sang, acted, danced and fought in long martial arts battles nightly for a seven week sold-out run.

Frank B. Wickes, LSU's former band director, will be a guest conducting John Mackey's "Redline Tango."


LSU Wind Ensemble concert

Featuring Grammy Award winners Hila Plitmann and Michael Daugherty 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20

WHERE: LSU Union Theater, LSU campus

TICKETS/INFO: $18; $11 with LSU student ID. (225) 578-5128 or lsu.edu/cmda

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