1997-98 Season

MAY 24, 1998 at 3pm

Tan Dun, conductor
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Susan Botti, soprano

Michael Gordon: Romeo
(U.S. premiere)

Derek Bermel: Voices
(World premiere – ACO commission)

Todd Levin: Swirl
(N.Y. premiere)

Tan Dun: Red Forecast (Orchestral Theater III) for soprano, orchestra, video, and audio
(U.S. premiere)

NOVEMBER 2, 1997 at 3pm

Paul Lustig Dunkel, conductor
Frederic Rzewski, pianoFred Rzewski

Ingram Marshall: Kingdom Come
(World premiere – ACO commission)
Cascades of sound from the orchestra intersperse with haunting musical fragments taped in Yugoslavia and Bosnia. ACO takes the wraps off Marshall’s latest and largest-scale work to-date.


Robert Di Domenica: Symphony
(New York premiere)

A native New Yorker’s own symphony built from parts borrowed from Mozart’s 40th.
Frederic Rzewski: A Long Time Man, for Piano and Orchestra
(New York premiere)
Expat & experimental, Rzewski draws on a nearly limitless supply of styles and techniques, which he distills and weaves into exhilarating compositions of social commentary. Rzewski makes a rare U.S. appearance in an eclectic work of improvisation replete with imagery of a prison chain-gang.
Alvin Etler: Concerto for Brass Quintet, Percussion, and String Orchestra
ACO principal players take center stage in a dazzling display of musical metal.

Pre-Concert Discussion with composers Frederic Rzewski, Ingram
Marshall, Robert DiDomenica and ACO Artistic Advisor Robert Beaser
1:45 pm.


DECEMBER 7, 1997 at 3pmLou Harrison and Dennis Russell Davies

Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Thomas Buckner, Sam Ashley, Jacqueline Humbert, Joan
LaBarbara, chorus

Robert Ashley: When Famous Last Words Fail You
(World Premiere, ACO Commission)

The first installment of the monumental series of Immortality Songs by this multimedia pioneer.
Sebastian Currier: Microsymph
(World Premiere, ACO Commission)

A five-movement symphony squeezed into ten minutes. A frantically
paced, restless, quickchanging kaleidoscope, including a 60 billion
nanosecond Scherzo!
Betsy Jolas: Frauenleben
(U.S. Premiere)

An award-winning new work for viola and orchestra.
Lou Harrison: Symphony on G
(N.Y. Premiere)

A major work by a true American eclectic, blending the rigors of his teacher Schoenberg’s methods with Harrison’s own unique melodic gifts and holistic world view.


Philip GlassJANUARY 11, 1998 at 3pm

Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
The Rascher Saxophone Quartet

Roger Sessions: Symphony No. 1
Augusta Read Thomas: Concerto for
Saxophone Quartet
(World premiere)

Hale Smith: Ritual and Incantations
Philip Glass: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet
(New York premiere)





MARCH 8, 1998 at 3pm

Sonidos de las Américas: Argentina “Beyond Tango!”

Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Raúl Jaurena, bandoneón
Americas Womens Choir, Nelly Vuksic, director

Néstor Marconi, bandoneón. Photo by Waring Abbott.Astor Piazzolla: Concierto para bandoneón
Marta Lambertini: Antigone II
(U.S. Premiere)

Lalo Schifrin: La Represión
(World Premiere)

Ezequiel Viñao: El Sueño de Cristobal
(N.Y. Premiere)

Alberto Ginastera: Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals
(N.Y. Premiere)

Pre-Concert Discussion with composer delegates from Argentina at 1:30
pm. This concert is the culmination of a week-long festival of music from Argentina, which includes performances at Weill Recital Hall and other venues around the city.

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