Composes Dante Fragments for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sonata for Cello and Piano, a new orchestral score for Chaplin's A Dog's Life.
Pittsburgh's IonSound premieres Blake Songs for voice and mixed chamber ensemble; Duo YUMENO (Yoko Reikano Kimora and Hikaru Tamaki) premieres Cantabile for koto and cello in Japan and New York. Composes Jaik's Songs, a cycle based on poetry of Jaik Miller, The Bixby Letter, a setting of Abraham Lincoln, for Lyric Fest; revises and publishes the 1988 cycle A Handful of Days, based on poetry of Kim Addonizio; and Anniversary: In Memoriam Leonard Bernstein for Lara Downes. Begins work on tenth opera, Orson.
Peter Marshall, soloist, and Erin Freeman, conductor, premiere the chamber version of Piano Concerto No. 2: The Tramp at the Wintergreen Festival in its chamber ensemble version. Stage directs the final version of A Woman in Morocco at the Actors Theater of Louisville for Kentucky Opera. Premiere of new "Fallingwater Version" of Shining Brow by Opera Theater of Pittsburgh at Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, in Bull Run, Pennsylvania. Michael Christie leads the Phoenix Orchestra, with Victoria Vargas, soloist, in the premiere of Symphony No. 5: Desert Music; Adrian Daurov and Di Wu premiere Valse Noire for cello and piano; Livia Sohn and Benjamin Loeb premiere and record for Naxos, Valse Blanche for violin and piano. Duo YUMENO gives the American and Japanese premieres of Appassionato for koto and cello.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters awards Hagen an Academy Award, the citation reads, in part: “for his outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledging the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.” Stage directs, writes the words, script, lyrics, and score of I Hear America Singing, a commercial musical, for Skylight Music Theater in Milwaukee. Lyric Fest premieres Four Dickinson Songs; Speight (Leit)Motif is premiered by four Wagnertüben in Seattle at the final concert of Seattle Opera’s International Singing Competition. Appointed Chair of the Composition Program at the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia.
Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to compose Nine Ten a chamber opera on his own libretto about a dinner party that takes place the evening before the collapse of the Twin Towers. First staging of seventh full opera A Woman in Morocco at the Butler Opera Center in Austin, Texas. Lyric Fest of Philadelphia premieres After Words, a multi-lingual song cycle for soprano, tenor, and piano. Thomas Piercy premieres Now, Later for clarinet and piano at Bargemusic in New York for Ned Rorem’s 90th birthday. Stage directs the complete New York Stories for Kentucky Opera. Steps down after five years as Chair of Faculty and Artistic Director of the Seasons Fall Music Festival and Academy in Yakima, Washington.
Sarasota Opera premieres sixth full opera, Little Nemo in Slumberland. The Seattle Symphony premieres Sky Interludes from Amelia. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh premieres the operatic skit The George Washington Suite. East Edge Opera stages a new version of Vera of Las Vegas with an instrumentation matching Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel. Virginia Tech commissions Vegetable Verselets, a song cycle for Caroline Worra and Tracy Cowden; Teo Gheorghiu premieres Five Nocturnes at the Louvre in Paris; Yumi Kurosawa premieres secrets my mother told me for koto, in Tokyo, Japan.
Yumi Kurosawa premieres Genji: Concerto for Koto and string quartet, or orchestra first in New York City with the Lark String Quartet, then records it in a version for orchestra with the Orchestra of the Swan in the U.K. and then introduces it in a version for large orchestra with the Hawaii Symphony. The Curtis Institute commissions and tours Book of Days for clarinet, viola, and piano. Michael Ludwig and the Buffalo Philharmonic premiere Songbook, a concerto for violin, strings, and percussion and record it for the Belle Fleur label. Son Seamus is born.
Amelia, Hagen's fifth full-scale opera, is premiered by Seattle Opera. The San Antonio Youth Orchestra premieres Northern Lights; the Wisconsin Philharmonic and choir premiere the motet Song of Gabriel; the Seattle Symphony premieres con gai: a greeting & farewell. Tanya Stambuk soloist, with the Yakima Symphony conducted by Lawrence Golan, debut Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Seasons Festival in Washington. Joel Fan and the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York premiere a new version of the concerto Seven Last Words for piano LH and chamber ensemble.
Shining Brow, with the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta and Complete Piano Trios are released on Naxos. The Albany Symphony and Albany Pro Musica Chorus premiere Symphony No. 4: River Music. Three Celtic Songs debuted on the Phoenix Concerts. Finalists premiere Suite for Piano during the Van Cliburn Competition. Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra: Masquerade premiered by Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, and the Sacramento Symphony, recorded for Bridge Records by the Vermont Symphony. Just for the Night, part two of the operatic trilogy New York Stories premiered on the Prism Concert Series in New York; the third part, Cradle Song, premiered at the Seasons Festival in Washington. Hagen steps down as President of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, joins the Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera as a Trustee. Son Atticus is born.
Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano, and Orchestra: Orpheus & Eurydice, is premiered by a consortium of seven youth orchestras and the Amelia Piano Trio; the first orchestra is the Chicago Youth Symphony. The Finisterra Trio premieres the Piano Trios No. 3 and No. 4. The Wintergreen Music Festival commissions and premieres Songs of Experience. The Fargo Moorhead Symphony premieres Agincourt Fanfare. Hagen begins serving as composer-in-residence for a year at the Chicago College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago and makes his debut as a stage director with The Antient Concert at the Century Association in New York.
Conducts complete recording of the opera Bandanna for Albany Records; Mark Heron leads the European concert premiere. Seattle Opera commissions Amelia and receives an Opera America development grant. Hagen directs first semi-staged concert performances of Shining Brow for the Buffalo Philharmonic, funded in part by an NEA grant. The Vermont Youth Orchestra conducted by Troy Peters commissions and premieres Gesture Drawings. Elected a "Lifetime Member" of the Corporation of Yaddo; serves as Franz Lehar Composer in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh.
Conducts the staged workshop at the McCarter Theater of The Antient Concert as composer-in-residence for the Princeton University Atelier, featuring the Borromeo String Quartet. Concerto for Flute, Cello and Orchestra: Romeo and Juliet is premeired by Jeffrey Khaner, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, and the Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller. Present Music and the Milwaukee Choral Artists premiere Flight Music. The Opera Theater of the University of Southern California premieres Broken Pieces, part one of New York Stories. Named Chair of Faculty and Artistic Director of the Seasons Fall Music Festival and Academy in Yakima, Washington.
Second Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship. Various works, including Songs of Madness and Sorrow, are released on Arsis. Vera of Las Vegas receives staged premiere by the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in New York City, and its European Premiere and Republic of Ireland tour by Opera Theater. Appointed president of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation. The National Symphony Orchestra premieres Susurrus;the Amernet String Quartet debuts String Quartet No. 2: Alive in a Moment.
We're All Here for chorus & mixed ensemble premiered by Present Music; Chamber Symphony is premiered by the Albany Symphony Chamber Orchestra; Claire Vangelisti premieres the song cycle Letting Go in Portugal. Ralph Berkowitz comissions Piano Variations. Marries composer / vocalist / visual artist Gilda Lyons. Yaddo and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra commission and premiere Angels for string orchestra; UNLV commissions Larkin Songs; Gary Graffman premieres Concerto for Piano LH: Seven Last Words with the orchestras of New Mexico and Buffalo. The Knoxville Symphony commissions and debuts Advance.
Accompanies Ashley Putnam in premiere of Phantoms of Myself at the 92nd Street Y in New York City; the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra premieres Suddenly; the Waukesha Symphony and Linda Edelstein debut Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra. Serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and as Sigma-Chi-William. P. Huffman Composer-in-Residence at Miami University in Ohio. The Orchestra of the Curtis Institute premieres Much Ado, an overture commissioned to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Curtis Institute. As part of a composer-in-residency, Qualities of Light for piano is premiered by Jeanne Golan at Carnegie Hall; Serenade for Ten Instruments is premiered; Hagen conducts the premiere of Light Fantastic with the Ohio Opera Theater Chamber Orchestra and chorus. Serves as Master Artist for the Princeton Atelier.
University of Texas Austin Opera Theater gives world premiere of Bandanna. Conducts premiere of Forward! with the Madison Symphony. The Waukesha Symphony premieres Symphony No. 3: Liturgical; the Baylor Wind Ensemble premieres Night, Again and records all-Hagen CD. Reader's Digest Next Stage Award goes to Chicago Opera Theater for their Shining Brow revival. Leaves Curtis Institute faculty; named Artist-in-Residence at Baylor University; begins second guest appointment teaching composition at the City College of New York; resigns the faculty of Bard College after ten years.
UNLV Opera Theater commissions and records Vera of Las Vegas. Pacific Chamber soloists premiere Songs of Madness and Sorrow; Oakland Symphony debuts Postcards from America; Duo for Violin and Cello premiered and recorded for Arsis; Wisconsin Brass Quintet premieres Concerto for Brass Quintet, commissioned in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the UW-Madison School of Music; American Symphony Orchestra and Robert La Rue premiere Concerto for Cello and Orchestra; Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres Built Up Dark Present Music debuts An Overture to Vera; Madison Symphony Orchestra and Chorus debut Taliesin: Choruses from Shining Brow; Moravian Music Festival Orchestra and Chorus premieres Stewards of Your Bounty. Accompanies the world premiere of Merrill Songs at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York, commissioned by William Weaver. Joins materials of music faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music.
Oakland-East Bay Symphony debuts Symphony No. 2: Common Ground; Tanglewood premiere by the Kings Singers of The Waking Father; Joyful Music debuted by Madison Symphony and Chorus; Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra debuts Concerto for Horn, with Winds and Strings; Brass of the Orchestra of St. Luke's debuts Everything Must Go! Guest appointment teaching composition at City College of New York. Receives first Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.
Premiere by the Madison (WI) Opera of Hagen's first major opera, Shining Brow, launches Hagen's career internationally; New York Philharmonic commissions and premieres Philharmonia for 150th Anniversary. Common Ground wins the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize. Receives another ASCAP Young Composer Award and two more consecutive ASCAP Young Composer Awards. Appointed Composer-in-residence with the Long Beach (Ca.) Symphony.
Milwaukee Symphony debuts Lyric Variations; Denver Chamber Orchestra premieres Grand Line; Interior, a ballet score, debuts at Lincoln Center; Fresh Ayre, premiered by Civic Orchestra of Chicago, wins the ASCAP-Nissim Prize; Heliotrope, commissioned by ASCAP Foundation in honor of the 75th anniversay of ASCAP debuted by Brooklyn Philharmonic. First Music 6 Chamber Music Commission from the New York Youth Symphony for Jot! After first working visits to Europe, beginning with a residency at the Camargo Foundation, begins decade-long appointment teaching composition and theory at Bard College in Upstate New York.
Attends the Juilliard School for composition studies with David Diamond and Joe Schwantner. Studies at Tanglewood with Leon Kirchner. Begins private studies with Leonard Bernstein. Philadelphia Orchestra premieres Symphony No. 1: Short Symphony. First residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Yaddo. Piano Trio No. 2: J'entends receives 1st Prize in the Barlow Endowment Composition Competition and the Bearns Prize of Columbia University. Hagen is awarded the Irving Berlin-Johnny Mercer scholarship to Juilliard, and three BMI Awards. Professional debut as a concerto soloist with the Denver Chamber Orchestra in 1986.
Attends the Curtis Institute for composition studies with Ned Rorem. Studies briefly with Witold Lutoslawski at the Evian Festival and privately for two years with Lukas Foss. Conducts premieres of nine new orchestral works in three years with the Curtis Symphony. Premieres of sixteen chamber works. Prayer for Peace for string orchestra is premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Receives the ASCAP-Barber Scholarship and the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Founds the Perpetuum Mobile new music ensemble which, over the next ten years, presents premieres by over forty American composers in Philadelphia and New York.
Attends the University of Wisconsin Madison for composition studies with Les Thimmig and Homer Lambrecht, conducting with Catherine Comet. Orchestral work Triptych receives Best New Work prize at the University. Receives ASCAP-Raymond Hubbel Prize. Conducts premiere of first orchestral work, Suite for a Lonely City in Milwaukee at the age of fifteen. Hagen's mother sends a score and tape of the work to Leonard Bernstein, whose enthusiastic response is to encourage Daron to study with David Diamond at Juilliard. From 1977-1979 studies theory, piano, conducting and composition at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music while attending high school.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Teaches himself to read music at the age of eleven. Private composition, piano and conducting lessons.