'''Michael Kevin Daugherty''' (born April 28, 1954) is an American composer, pianist, and teacher. He is influenced by popular culture, Romanticism, and Postmodernism, and is one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. Daugherty's notable works include his Superman comic book-inspired ''Metropolis Symphony'' for Orchestra (1988-93), ''Dead Elvis'' for Solo Bassoon and Chamber Ensemble (1993), ''Jackie O'' (1997), ''Niagara Falls'' for Symphonic Band (1997), ''UFO'' for Solo Percussion and Orchestra (1999) and for Symphonic Band (2000), ''Bells for Stokowski'' from ''Philadelphia Stories'' for Orchestra (2001) and for Symphonic Band (2002), ''Fire and Blood'' for Solo Violin and Orchestra (2003) inspired by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, ''Time Machine'' for Three Conductors and Orchestra (2003), ''Ghost Ranch'' for Orchestra (2005), and ''Deus ex Machina'' for Piano and Orchestra (2007). Daugherty has been described by The Times (London) as "a master icon maker" with a "maverick imagination, fearless structural sense and meticulous ear."Finch, H. (1998). You'll believe a band can fly. ''The Times'', (London, England), Arts. April 2, 1998.
Currently, Daugherty is Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor, Michigan.[http://www.music.umich.edu/faculty_staff/bio.php?u=&lname=daugherty&fname=michael Michael Daugherty]. University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance faculty and Staff. Retrieved 23 May 2014. Michael Daugherty's music is published by Peermusic Classical, Boosey & Hawkes, and since 2010, Michael Daugherty Music/Bill Holab Music.[http://www.halleonard.com/viewpressreleasedetail.do?releaseid=5361&subsiteid=1 "Hal Leonard Signs Exclusive Print Music Distribution Deal with Michael Daugherty Music"], Hal Leonard. Retrieved 23 May 2014.