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Carnegie Hall Fall 2020 Closure

Dear ACO community,

Today, Carnegie Hall extended its public closure through January 2021 in the interest of protecting the safety of its artists, audiences, and staff.  Following extensive and continuing consultation with medical professionals, and, given current social distancing protocols, it was clear to Carnegie Hall that more time is required for health conditions to improve before they can welcome people back safely to their concert halls.

This closure includes American Composer Orchestra’s (ACO’s) November concert which was to feature the world premiere of new works by George Lewis and Jane Meenaghan plus NY premieres of Andrew Norman’s Begin and an ACO co-commission by Ellen Reid.

All these works, plus Mark Adamo’s new work Last Year: Concerto for Solo Violoncello with Harp, Piano, String Orchestra and percussion and Nina C. Young’s Out of whose womb came the ice (postponed when the crisis caused the cancellation of our April 2020 concert), will be reprogrammed at the very earliest opportunity. Audience members who purchased tickets for American Composers Orchestra’s November 5, 2020 concert should visit www.carnegiehall.org/Coronavirus-Information for updates and information about Carnegie Hall’s policies for what to do about purchased tickets.

As we work towards a new beginning for the music that we all love so much, ACO has been producing Connecting ACO Community (https://bit.ly/ACOConnect). Volume 3 will be announced in mid-July, including several appearances by ACO’s musicians.  We are also working on additional online activities for our emerging composers and our dedicated supporters and listeners to be released throughout fall of 2020.

Finally, we remain hopeful that our April 2021 concert at Carnegie Hall, featuring the fabulous violinist Jennifer Koh with ACO, our ACO Readings for Emerging Composers in June 2021, and a special project to be announced soon will remain on our schedule.  All these events are currently scheduled for late spring of next year, and we hope that circumstances will evolve enough by then to gather for a burst of spring creativity and celebration.  In any case, we will continue to work on finding creative and dynamic ways to share the voices of American composers – and the performers who realize their vision – with all of you.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. And stay hopeful.

Yours in gratitude,

Ed Yim, President and CEO