Six Composers Selected for 28th Annual Underwood New Music Readings

For the 28th annual Underwood New Music Readings, American Composers Orchestra has selected six composers from over 200 submissions. Rodrigo Castro, Chen Yihan, inti figgis-vizueta, Jack Hughes, Jihyun Kim, and Aaron Israel Levin represent a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. Three commission opportunities will be available to this year’s participants: the Underwood Commission and Audience Choice each award the chance to write a new work for ACO while the Consortium for Emerging Composers winner will receive a commission to write a new work to be performed by ACO, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony (Los Angeles).

Each participating composer receives rehearsals, a reading, and a digital recording of his or her work. Feedback sessions with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot, ACO principal players, mentor composers, and ACO’s directors provide crucial artistic, technical, and conceptual assistance. This year’s mentor composers are Tania León, Anthony Cheung, and ACO Artistic Director, Derek Bermel.

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The Underwood New Music Readings will take place on May 23 and 24, 2019 at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater (35 West 4th Street). ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the Readings; Ludovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony, conducts. Three events are open to the public:

Open Rehearsal
Thu, May 23, 2019
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM EDT
Tix: Free; registration required

Career Development Workshop
Fri, May 24, 2019
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Tix: $10

Run-Through Performance
Fri, May 24, 2019
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Tix: $10