2008-09 Season

Friday, Oct. 10, 2008 at 9pm
BAMcafe, Brooklyn
Free admission!

Composers OutFront!

Photo of Fred Ho by Robert Adam MayerFred Ho & The Afro Asian Music Ensemble

Bobby Zankel, alto sax
Salim Washington, tenor sax
Art Hirahara, piano
Wes Brown, bass
Royal Hartigan, drums.

Baritone saxophone provocateur & composer Fred Ho performs with his signature ensemble, previewing the premiere of his When the Real Dragons Fly!, premiering in November 2008 at Zankel Hall.

Friday, November 14, 2008
at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at 7:30pm

International House at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
[pre-concert talk at 7pm]

Orchestra Underground: Season OpenerPhoto of Fred Ho by Robert Adam Mayer

Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Fred Ho, baritone saxophone
Seth Josel, electric guitar


CLINT NEEDHAM: Chamber Symphony
(World Premiere, ACO/Underwood/Jerome Commission)

KEERIL MAKAN: Dream Lightly for Electric Guitar & Orchestra
(World Premiere, ACO Commission)
(New York Premiere)

(New York & Philadelphia Premieres)

FRED HO: When the Real Dragons Fly! for saxophone & orchestra (World Premiere, ACO/Goelet Commission)

Find out more…

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at 7:30pm

Penn Presents,The Ibrahim Theater at the International House, Philadelphia
[pre-concert talk at 7pm]

Orchestra Underground: Collaborations, New & Green


George Manahan, Conductor
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Kasumi, video/sound-art
Alexis Baskind, Miller Puckette
& Rand Steiger, electronics

: Stomp
FANG MAN: Resurrection
(World Premiere, ACO/Underwood/Jerome Commission)
MARGARET BROUWER & KASUMI: BREAKDOWN: A sample-based hybrid opera in one act
(World Premiere, ACO/Goelet Commission)
(World Premiere, ACO/Goelet Commission)
RAND STEIGER: Cryosphere
for Live Electronics & Orchestra

Premiere, ACO/Fromm/Goelet Commission)

Get the full scoop here…

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2009 at 1:30pm
Friday, Apr. 17, 2009 at 7:30pm
Annenberg Center for the Arts, Philadelphia

ACO/Penn Presents New Music Readings & Lab

American Composers Orchestra


A glimpse at new collaborations and new music selected from the Pennsylvania region’s most promising young composers.


Guidelines and submission info…

Friday, May 1, 2009 at 7:30pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Orchestra Underground: Davies Returns

Dennis Russell Davies

Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Eliot Fisk, guitar
Thomas Larcher, piano
Lukas Ligeti, Marimba Lumina


ROBERT BEASER: Guitar Concerto
(NYC Premiere, ACO/Goelet/Bruckner Orchester Linz/Albany Symphony Orchestra Commission)

LUKAS LIGETI: Labyrinth of Clouds for Electronic Mallet & Orchestra
(World Premiere, ACO/Goelet/Greenwall Commission)

DEREK BERMEL: A Shout, A Whisper, A Trace
(World Premiere, ACO/ProMusica Chamber Orchestra/Koussevitsky
Foundation Commission)
(Malignant Cells) for piano & orchestra
(U.S. Premiere)

Find out more…

Thursday, May 7 & Friday, May 8, 2009.
Miller Theater at Columbia Univ.

Underwood New Music Readings

Anne Manson and Roger Zare at the 2008 Readings

ACO’s annual roundup of the country’s brightest young and emerging composers.

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