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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
May 1, 2009 at 7:30PM

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
May 1, 2009 at 7:30PM

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
May 1, 2009 at 7:30PM

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
May 1, 2009 at 7:30PM

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
May 1, 2009 at 7:30PM

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ACO's Season Finale Concert at Zankel Hall

Friday, May 1 at Zankel Hall, NYC

Dennis Russel Davies

Celebrating three generations in ACO's artistic leadership, Dennis Russell Davies returns to the podium for the first time since 2007. 

American Composers Orchestra, the nation's most consistently adventurous champion of new orchestral work, returns Underground for four premieres at 7:30PM on Friday, May 1, presented by Carnegie Hall at Zankel Hall. The concert continues ACO's cutting-edge Orchestra Underground series that redefines orchestral music with new composers, new influences, new multimedia collaborations, and new technologies.

This concert program features:

Robert Beaser delivers the New York premiere of his new Guitar Concerto written for long-time friend and collaborator, the "monster virtuoso" Eliot Fisk. Beaser's concerto is the first work work commissioned by his "home team" orchesta in over a decade. 

Derek Bermel's contribution to the program is the world premiere of A shout, a whisper, and a trace, a piece inspired by Bartók's correspondence during his final years in New York City. The commission also concludes the triumphant three year Music Alive Residency Bermel has had with ACO. 

Lukas Ligeti (Labyrinth of Clouds) and Thomas Larcher (Bose Zellen) join this musical gathering of old friends with a world premiere and U.S. premiere promising new and excting sounds. Both Ligeti's Labyrinth of Clouds and Larcher's Böse Zellen (Malignant Cells) will feature composers as soloist. Ligeti will play his Marimba Lumina and Larcher will be spotlighted soloing on prepared piano which gradually becomes stripped of its trappings throughout the piece. 

The evening will be led by former music director Dennis Russell Davies, returning to the orchestra for the first time since 2007.

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Robert Beaser: Guitar Concerto
(ACO/Goelet/BrucknerOrchesterLinz/AlbanySO co-commission)

Margaret Brouwer

Robert Beaser says, “The Concerto is cast in a traditional three-movement form, and I have kept the orchestra lean for a host of practical reasons (balance, portability). It is meant to pay homage to early lute music, and to Ravel—who himself paid homage to Couperin—evoking an earlier style and synthesizing it into a new expressive language.” The piece is also dazzlingly difficult for the soloist, with virtuosic passages that the composer worked out in close collaboration with Fisk. “There’s a thin line between what’s spectacular and what’s impossible,” says Beaser, “Fortunately, with Eliot, there’s not much that isn’t possible.” The Albany Symphony gave the world premiere of the first two movements in February.

Beaser has been associated with ACO since 1988, when he was the Meet The Composer Composer-in-Residence. He has served as ACO’s artistic director since 2000 and is responsible for helping ACO bring more than 100 world and New York premieres to audiences in Carnegie Hall. Meanwhile he continues to serve as chairman of the composition department at Juilliard. Beaser’s Guitar Concerto is his first work ACO has performed since 1999. It is co-commissioned by ACO, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Bruckner Orchester Linz. Beaser and Fisk have been close friends since attending Yale together, and the idea of writing a concerto for Fisk has been on Beaser’s “to-do” list for nearly two decades.

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Eliot Fisk, Guitar

A born risk taker and charismatic virtuoso, Eliot Fisk has brought an entirely new dimension to classical guitar performance. He is known worldwide for his imaginative and innovative approach and for expanding the scope of the classical guitar legacy he inherited from his legendary mentor, Andrés Segovia. Through numerous works written for him by leading composers, Eliot Fisk has created a fresh and exciting modern style all his own. Fisk continues to actively seek out contemporary composers to expand the repertoire of the guitar. Among the works dedicated to Eliot Fisk are Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XI, for solo guitar, premiered by Mr. Fisk in 1988, and Chemin V, for guitar and orchestra, premiered in Bonn, Germany, in September of 1992 with Mr. Berio conducting the Orchester der Beethoven Halle. This performance marks Fisk’s first appearance with ACO.

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Derek Bermel: A shout, a whisper, and a trace
(World Premiere, ACO/ProMusica Chamber Orchestra/Koussevitsky Foundation Commission)
Fang Man 

Derek Bermel, ACO’s Music Alive Composer-in-Residence and the winner of the 2008 Alpert Award in the Arts, completes his three-year residency with the orchestra this season. His influence in programming ACO’s Orchestra Underground and Composers OutFront! events have extended ACO’s range and programmatic diversity and enhanced its focus on the composer-performer and on improvisation. Called “eclectic with wide open ears,” by the Toronto Star, Bermel has been hailed by colleagues, critics, and audiences across the globe for his creativity as a composer and his virtuosity and charisma as a clarinetist. Known for drawing freely from a rich variety of musical traditions, he filters the sounds of the world through his own musical palette, crafting a singular artistic vision.
A Shout, A Whisper, A Trace
has been co-commissioned by ACO, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation.

Bermel’s relationship extends back before his professional career. He first came to ACO’s attention through its annual New Music Readings for Emerging Composers. That experience led ACO to offer Bermel his first professional orchestra commission for Voices, which he premiered with ACO at Carnegie Hall twelve years ago. And Bermel’s relationship with the orchestra is likely to continue into the future. “I love ACO,” says Bermel. “They have done so much for me and for so many young composers. I look forward to continuing to play a role in ACO’s programming,” he says.

Bermel holds B.A. and D.M.A. degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan. His main composition teachers were William Albright, Louis Andriessen, William Bolcom, Henri Dutilleux, and Michael Tenzer, and he studied clarinet with Ben Armato and Keith Wilson. He also studied ethnomusicology and orchestration in Jerusalem with André Hajdu, later traveling to Bulgaria to study Thracian folk style with Nikola Iliev, to Brazil to learn caxixi with Julio Góes, and to Ghana to study Lobi xylophone with Ngmen Baaru. His music is published by Peermusic (North/South America & Asia) and Faber Music (Europe & Australia). 

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Rand SteigerLukas Ligeti: Labyrinth of Clouds
(World Premiere, ACO/Goelet/Greenwall Commission)

Lukas Ligeti’s Labyrinth of Clouds is “a concerto of sorts” for electronic percussion, live electronics, and orchestra. The composer will be the soloist, performing on Marimba Lumina, an electronic MIDI controller that includes a traditionally arrayed set of electronic bars and brings an extended vocabulary and range of expression to the mallet instrument family. Ligeti is a composer-performer comfortable in a variety of settings. His music brings together disparate sources from European-American modernism, jazz improvisation, and African rhythmic influences.

The composer writes, “The Marimba Lumina is a very unusual electronic marimba, designed by the engineer Don Buchla. This will be my first time playing as soloist with an orchestra, which I’m very excited about. Mixing electronics and orchestra is a great challenge, and my piece will examine various contrasts between and juxtapositions of these two sound worlds. My music is strongly informed both by the Western classical canon and by the traditional and popular musics of Africa, a continent where the marimba plays a prominent role. The piece will contrast and juxtapose these cultural worlds in various ways.”

Ligeti calls himself, “essentially an improvising musician,” and the solo part includes space for improvisation, showcasing some of the unique possibilities of his hi-tech instrument. In combination with the sonic palette of the orchestra, the result is a maze of swirling, polymetric patterns and melodies coming in and out of phase and focus, with changes of timbre.

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Kati AgocsThomas Larcher: Bose Zellen (Malignant Cells)
(U.S. Premiere)

Thomas Larcher is a rising Austrian composer whose piano concerto, Böse Zellen (Malignant Cells), is a tour-de-force inspired by a film of the same name by Barbara Albert. The composer used images from the film to develop tightly constructed motivic and structural material that is then spun-out in aggressive and wild ways. The work was premiered in 2006 in Essen at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, with the composer as soloist, performing with the Münchener Kammerorchester conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.

Larcher says, “In 2004 I was commissioned to write a concerto for the same orchestration as Mozart’s K. 482. It should have been a piece that—just like the Mozart—could be done without a conductor. However I got stuck very soon. It was Dennis Russell Davies who encouraged me ‘to write a piece first and then to think whether a conductor would be needed.’ While composing, the film accompanied me but it did not give my piece a programme. Perhaps there are analogies with regard to the construction, structure, treatment of form, the openness of the architecture, and juxtaposition of people, impressions, feelings, and structures. The fundamental impression that remains with me is the tracing of ‘horizontal structures’ in life, the depiction of the impossibility of influencing the direction in which life is heading.“

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George ManahanDennis Russell Davies, conductor

Dennis Russell Davies is a co-founder of ACO. He served for over 20 years as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Music Director, and now as Conductor Laureate. He is a conductor who is at the forefront of both orchestral and operatic worlds, and is also an accomplished pianist, sought out by orchestras, composers and musicians worldwide for his inspiring collaborations and interpretive mastery.

2009 marks Mr. Davies’ 40th year of intrepid international music making. He is currently Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Bruckner Orchester Linz, and Chief Conductor of the Linz Opera. He was recently appointed Music Director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Basel, Switzerland. Mr. Davies is also Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and is Conductor Laureate of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Davies has served as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and Beethovenhalle Orchestra, and as Music Director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart State Opera, Bonn Opera, and the Cabrillo Music Festival (Santa Cruz, CA). He was also Principal Conductor/Classical Music Program Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

As both conductor and pianist, Mr. Davies has released more than 60 recordings, earning numerous awards. He was born in Toledo, Ohio, and graduated from The Juilliard School, where he studied piano with Lonny Epstein and Sasha Gorodnitski, and conducting with Jean Morel and Jorge Mester.

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Tickets & Info

ACO performs at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall Friday, May 1, 2009, 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.

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