The words "Connecting Community" with the new ACO logo.

Connecting ACO Community: Weekly Premieres Begin April 19th

American Composers Orchestra Announces a new solo commissioning initiative in response to the COVID-19 crisis with online world premieres beginning Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 5pm on Zoom

$5 tickets* available through Eventbrite

If the $5 entrance fee poses a barrier to participation, interested listeners will be asked to fill out an anonymous form at or email Aiden Feltkamp at to request a fee waiver.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on composers and performers, American Composers Orchestra announces Connecting ACO Community, a new initiative to commission short works for solo instrument or voice. Each composer will receive $500 to write the work, and each performer will receive $500 to perform the work, with the rights to stream for six months. With this project, ACO aims to support artists who need financial assistance; to create new work that will live beyond this crisis; and provide virtual, interactive performances to ACO’s supporters and the general public. 

Premieres of the new works will take place on a regular basis on Sundays at 5pm EST,  beginning Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 5pm EST with violinist Miranda Cuckson performing a new work by Ethan Iverson, hosted on Zoom. Ticketholders will receive a private link to join the performance, and all of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go solely to fund artists involved in this project. The composer, performer, and a host (ACO President Ed Yim or ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, who is also donating his own performance to the project) will hold an online chat with attendees after the performance. The recorded session will be available within 24 hours after the performance on ACO’s website and social media platforms, as well as on MUSIC on the REBOUND: an online festival for participating in live events as well as a platform for streaming concerts. 

Connecting ACO Community Composer-Performer Teams and Schedule of Events 

Headshots of various participants of Connecting ACO Community.

FESTIVAL PASS (Volume 1): All 7 Events, April 19 – May 31, 2020
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Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 5pm: Ethan Iverson & Miranda Cuckson, violin
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Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 5pm: Shara Nova & Ahya Simone, harp
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Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 5pm: Vicente Hansen Atria & Jay Campbell, cello
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Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 5pm: Sakari Dixon Vanderveer & Derek Bermel, clarinet
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Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 5pm: Gity Razaz & Jennifer Koh, violin
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Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 5pm: Yuan-Chen Li & Jeffrey Zielger, cello
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Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 5pm: Carlos Simon & Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
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Connecting ACO Community is funded with a lead gift from Augusta Gross and Leslie Samuels with additional gifts from Anonymous, Derek Bermel, Carlos Simon and Ed Yim.