Daron Hagen and Gilda Lyons are versatile composers, musicians, and artists. They’re also husband and wife, and frequently collaborate together.
Daron has written symphonies, operas, art songs and chamber works, and is also a contributing writer to the Huffington Post. Gilda is a vocalist and visual artist in addition to being a prolific and incredibly creative composer.
Daron and I were students together at the Curtis Institute of Music. We recently caught up when he asked me to help him with a runthrough of his new Symphony No. 5 with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia. Daron’s symphony was officially premiered by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Christie with soprano soloist Victoria Vargas this past October 2015.