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Orchestra Underground:
Season Opener

featuring works by Fred Ho, Kamran Ince, Keeril Makan, Clint Needham, and Gregory Spears

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, International House at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

For Carnegie Hall performances,
call CarnegieCharge at
212-247-7800
or visit www.carnegiehall.org

For Philadelphia performances,
call Penn Presents at
215-898-3900
or visit www.pennpresents.org

related stories

Emerging Composers Needham & Spears on Coming-Up with the Orchestra
Interviews with Molly Sheridan

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Orchestra Underground:
Season Opener

featuring works by Fred Ho, Kamran Ince, Keeril Makan, Clint Needham, and Gregory Spears

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, International House at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

For Carnegie Hall performances,
call CarnegieCharge at
212-247-7800
or visit www.carnegiehall.org

For Philadelphia performances,
call Penn Presents at
215-898-3900
or visit www.pennpresents.org

 

related stories

Emerging Composers Needham & Spears on Coming-Up with the Orchestra
Interviews with Molly Sheridan

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Orchestra Underground:
Season Opener

featuring works by Fred Ho, Kamran Ince, Keeril Makan, Clint Needham, and Gregory Spears

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, International House at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

For Carnegie Hall performances,
call CarnegieCharge at
212-247-7800
or visit www.carnegiehall.org

For Philadelphia performances,
call Penn Presents at
215-898-3900
or visit www.pennpresents.org

 


related stories

Emerging Composers Needham & Spears on Coming-Up with the Orchestra
Interviews with Molly Sheridan

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home
concert schedule
top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchestra Underground:
Season Opener

Music by Fred Ho, Kamran Ince, Keeril Makan, Clint Needham, & Gregory Spears

Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008, International House at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

For Carnegie Hall performances,
call CarnegieCharge at
212-247-7800
or visit www.carnegiehall.org

For Philadelphia performances,
call Penn Presents at
215-898-3900
or visit www.pennpresents.org

 

related stories

Emerging Composers Needham & Spears on Coming-Up with the Orchestra
Interviews with Molly Sheridan

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concert schedule
top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchestra Underground: Season Opener

Friday, Nov. 14 at Zankel Hall, NYC
Sunday, Nov. 16 at I'House, PhillyOrchestra Underground Logo

Fred Ho debuts in his first orchestral piece: When the Real Dragons Fly!

Plus premieres by top emerging composers Clint Needham, Keeril Makan, and Gregory Spears, and a New York premiere by Kamran Ince.

American Composers Orchestra's opening concert of its 32nd season as the nation's most adventurous champion of inventive new American orchestral music takes place on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 7:30pm presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall.

The concert features the world premiere of When the Real Dragons Fly!, the first orchestral composition by Fred Ho, one of avant-jazz's most progressive innovators, marking a major statement for the composer-saxophonist after treatment for colon cancer. ACO's cutting-edge Orchestra Underground, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, will also perform three new works by emerging composers: Clint Needham (winner of the 2007 ACO/Underwood Emerging Composers Commission) delivers his brand new Chamber Symphony; Keeril Makan's Dream Lightly for electric guitar and orchestra gets its world premiere, featuring Seth Josel; Gregory Spears (first heard at ACO's Underwood New Music Readings and ACO's 2007/Penn Presents New Music Lab) brings the New York premiere of Finishing, and Kamran Ince fuses his Turkish-American heritages in a work of spiritual obsessiveness plumbing both depths and heights on Domes. The evening will take us on a journey of transformation and recovery; of layers both applied and peeled away; and of pure crystalline sound.

The concert will be repeated Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 7:30PM at International House at the University of Pennsylvania, presented by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

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Fred Ho: From the Cancer War to the Concert Hall -- When the Real Dragons Fly! for saxophone & orchestra
(World Premiere, ACO/Goelet Commission)

 

Listen to an interview of Fred Ho by David Garland on WNYC'sEar to Ear, November 8, 2008.

With this concert, Fred Ho makes a long-awaited return to the concert stage following a more than two-year battle with cancer. In Ho's Diary of a Radical Cancer Warrior: Fighting Cancer and Capitalism at the Cellular Level, he says, "My sax playing is very strong, even stronger than before I entered surgery. After surgery, my diaphragm had to heal before I could play again. But now I play with a lot more power and control. This stems from the breathing exercises I've been doing, but also from the development of my CHI energy. I basically have out grown everything made for the bari sax. There isn't a big enough mouthpiece commercially made for me. I need reeds harder/stronger than the #5, the hardest commercially made. I play the horn now like a double-reed instrument, barely touching the reed with my embouchure. From the power of my breath alone, I can make it vibrate without touching it."

Photo of Fred Ho by Robert Adam MayerHo describes When the Real Dragons Fly! for saxophone and orchestra as a liberation song bidding "farewell to obstructionists and gatekeepers who prevent the real creative forces in humanity" from soaring. The title, based on a traditional Chinese folk song used to say farewell, suggests the sweeping vision of his music. The composer will join the orchestra on baritone saxophone to combine asynchronous tunes and melodies of various musical traditions, creating what many have described as brilliant and chaotic sounds.

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Clint NeedhamClint Needham: Chamber Symphony
(World Premiere, ACO/Underwood/
Jerome Commission)

Listen to an excerpt of Needham's Earth and Green as performed by ACO at the 2007 Underwood New Music Readings

Clint Needham participated in ACO's 2007 Underwood New Music Readings, winning that program's Emerging Composer Commission. Originally from Texas, Needham is currently a Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow in composition at Indiana University. At the time of the Underwood Award, ACO artistic director Robert Beaser said Needham "knows how to both orchestrate and create a compelling music narrative. His music demonstrates remarkable range and color." Since winning the Underwood Commission Needham has been writing his Chamber Symphony for its world premiere at ACO's season-opening concert. The Chamber Symphony is laid out in three five-minute movements that explore various colors. The work comprises a wide variety of moods and textures, ranging from very intimate chamber music sections to larger orchestral colors.

Read an Interview with Clint...

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Keeril MakanKeeril Makan: Dream Lightly for Electric Guitar & Orchestra
(World Premiere, ACO Commission)

Listen to an excerpt of Makan's Washed by Fire (2007) for string quartet, performed by the Kronos Quartet

Keeril Makan, Assistant Professor of Music at M.I.T., was awarded the 2008 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. His new work for electric guitar and orchestra will showcase soloist Seth Josel, a leading new-music interpreter with an international career. Using live electronic processing, the work is not so much a traditional concerto for a popular instrument as it is a sophisticated exploration of shifting timbral layers and possibilities.

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Seth JoselSeth Josel, electric guitar

Originally from New York and now residing in Berlin, Seth Josel has performed as a guest with leading orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the RSB Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the South German Radio Choir, the Staatskappelle Berlin, and the Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam. Several of the leading young composers of our time, including Peter Ablinger, Richard Barrett, Sidney Corbett, Chaya Czernowin, and Manfred Stahnke, have written works for him. He appears as performer on CDs released by Nonesuch, Mode Records, CPO, Col Legno, Cybele Records, HetHut, New World Records, Touch Records, and Winter & amp; Winter. Josel is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and holds a DMA from Yale University.

 

Kamran InceKamran Ince: Domes
(New York & Philadelphia Premieres)

Listen to an excerpt of Ince's Domes.

Domes by Kamran Ince, in its New York premiere, is an extended orchestral movement, drawing on Ince's Turkish-American heritage. The piece offers a succession of contrasting moods and tempos that unfold within a larger, time-space continuum. "The work features a recurring ticking, tinkling motif that makes me feel as if I'm trapped inside some kind of cosmic clockwork from which there is no escape," the composer says.

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Gregory SpearsGregory Spears: Finishing
(New York Premiere)

Gregory Spears is an alumnus of both ACO's Underwood New Music Readings and the first ACO/Penn Presents New Music Readings in 2007. For this opening concert, ACO reprises Finishing, the work Spears created for the Penn Presents Readings. Spears says of this work, "Finishing is a meditation on endings. Within the piece the traditional chamber orchestra is augmented with the sound of mark-trees, dog-whistles, and small tape recorders to produce an ambient haze around a series of recurring trumpet calls. The title also refers to the practice of adding a seductive veneer to the cover of books-in this case depicted musically through shiny textures and an abundance of decorative flourish. I was also interested in the darker melancholic definition of "finish" as that which causes one's utter downfall or ruin."

Read an Interview with Greg...

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Jeffrey MilarskyJeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Jeffrey Milarsky, a leading conductor of contemporary music in New York City, is a frequent collaborator with ACO and a former member of the orchestra. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by contemporary composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Fred Lerdahl, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, Lasse Thoresen, Gerard Grisey, Jonathan Dawe, Tristan Murail, Ralph Shapey, Luigi Nono, Mario Davidovsky, and Wolfgang Rihm. Milarsky is professor of music at Columbia University, where he is the music director/conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra and the newly formed Manhattan Sinfonietta, which concentrates on 20th- and 21st-century scores. He is also on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music as artistic director and conductor of the percussion ensemble and directs AXIOM, Juilliard's newest contemporary music ensemble. Milarsky's most recent foray with ACO was last April's Playing it UNsafe, a weeklong laboratory for the development of experimental new orchestra music that included five world premieres.

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Tickets & Info

ACO performs at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall Friday, November 14, 2008, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $38 and $48, and may be purchased through CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, by visiting Carnegie Hall's website at www.carnegiehall.org, or at the Carnegie Hall box office, 57th Street at 7th Ave.

The program will be repeated Sunday, November 16, 2008, at 7:30pm at the International House at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Tickets for the Philadelphia performance are $22 and are available by calling Penn Presents at 215-893-3900, or online at www.pennpresents.org.

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Major support of American Composers Orchestra is provided by Amphion Foundation, Argosy Contemporary Music Fund, Arlington Associates, ASCAP, ASCAP Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundations, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, BMI, BMI Foundation, NY City Council Member Gale A. Brewer, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Edward T. Cone Foundation, Consolidated Edison, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Fromm Music Foundation, GAP Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Jephson Educational Trust, Jerome Foundation, John and Evelyn Kossak Foundation, Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation, Meet The Composer, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Paul Underwood Charitable Trust, The Isak and Rose Weinman Foundation and The Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

ACO programs are also made possible with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

ACO's residency at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is made possible by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Music Project, and by a grant from The Wallace Foundation.

Derek Bermel is the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with American Composers Orchestra. Music Alive is a national program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.

 

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