ACO Announces Commission Club

American Composers Orchestra Announces Commission Club
Piano Concerto by Ethan Iverson to be premiered at Carnegie Hall

Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave. | NYC
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ACO launches its Commission Club, through which members invest in the lifespan of a commission: from the composer’s first kernel of artistic inspiration to the realization of the music as a printed score, the early rehearsals and through the premiere performance. Members of the Commission Club support all expenses in the commission process including fees paid to the composer, printing and engraving costs, as well as rehearsal and production costs related to the concert premiere. Throughout the season, members are invited to exclusive preview events with the composer to learn about the composer’s vision, hear excerpts of the work in-progress, and experience a full orchestral rehearsal of the piece before its premiere.

“We want the joy and fun of commissioning composers to be open to everyone,” says ACO President Ed Yim. “With our new Commission Club, we offer an intimate, fun and social experience that is accessible to anyone interested in engaging with artists who are creating the works of today – and for the future.”

Membership begins at $500 for a couple; and $300 for Young Professionals (40 years old and under). Benefits include the following:

  • Enjoy insider’s access to the creative process with invitations for two people to two preview events with composer Ethan Iverson
  • Observe the composer interacting with conductor George Manahan and ACO musicians with an invitation for two to attend a working rehearsal of the full score, prior to the premiere
  • A pair of tickets to the world premiere performance on April 6, 2018 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • Your name on the dedication page of the printed score
  • A hand-signed copy of the score

To join the Commission Club, please contact Lyndsay Werking by email at or by phone at 212.977.8495 ext. 204.

In its inaugural season, ACO’s Commission Club will support The Bad Plus founding member Ethan Iverson as he creates his first orchestral work, Concerto to Scale, which he will perform with ACO on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th St. and 7th Ave., NYC). This program, entitled Dreamscapes and to be conducted by George Manahan, is a global celebration of musical dreams, fusing jazz, world, and classical music. Additional works to be performed include Steve Lehman’s Ten Threshold Studies, also commissioned by ACO; and the New York premieres of Clarice Assad’s Dreamscapes featuring violinist Elena Urioste, TJ Anderson’s Bahia Bahia, and Hitomi Oba’s September Coming, which was first read at the Buffalo Philharmonic EarShot Readings led by ACO after Oba’s participation in ACO’s 2015 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute.

Ethan Iverson is best known as a founding member and pianist of The Bad Plus, a game-changing collective with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King. The New York Times describes the group as, “better than anyone at melding the sensibilities of post-60’s jazz and indie rock.” With The Bad Plus, Iverson has collaborated with Joshua Redman, Bill Frisell, and the Mark Morris Dance Group and created a faithful arrangement of Stravinky’s The Rite of Spring and a radical reinvention of Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction. In 2017, Iverson composed and arranged Pepperland for the Mark Morris Dance Group and curated a major centennial celebration of Thelonious Monk at Duke University. With Mark Morris Dance Group he played Robert Schumann’s chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma; for the release of The Rest is Noise he toured with Alex Ross and performed examples of 20th-century repertoire. Iverson describes his piano concerto for ACO, Concerto to Scale, as being of, “modest dimensions but of sincere intent.” Photo: Jimmy Katz

2017-2018 Commission Club Dates

Preview Event #1
Monday, December 11th, 2017
6:00-7:30pm at a Private Residence, Upper West Side, NYC

Preview Event #2:
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
6:30-8:00pm at a Private Residence, Upper West Side, NYC

Working Rehearsal, prior to World Premiere:
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018
2:00-5:00pm at DiMenna Center for Classical Music

World Premiere Concert:
Friday, April 6th, 2018
7:30pm at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

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