2011-12 Season

June 1-2, 2012
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYCUnderwood New Music Readings Underwood New Music Readings

Six composers will join the ACO at the DiMenna Center for Music in what has become a rite of passage for aspiring orchestral composers. All will receive readings of the works listed below, and one of them will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a work to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season.

George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor

RYAN CHASE: The Light Fantastic
PETER FAHEY: Impressions
MICHAEL-THOMAS FOUMAI: Concerto for Orchestra
PIN HSIN LIN:  Symphony no. 3


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Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Orchestra Underground:
American Accounts

Musical narratives connecting our past, present and future.

George Manahan, Music Director
& Conductor
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Gabriel Kahane, piano, guitars & vocals
Amy Porter, flute
Ian Williams, electronics

MILTON BABBITT:  From the Psalter
(ACO commission)

AARON COPLAND: Clarinet Concerto
(NYC Premiere, ACO co-commission)

GABRIEL KAHANE: Crane Palimpsest
(World Premiere, ACO/Jerome/NYSCA commission)

more info

February 25, 2012 at 8:00
Speyer Hall
University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street, NYC

Jessie MontgomeryComposers Out Front:
Jessie Montgomery

The latest works by Jessie
Montgomery performed by PUBLIQuartet (string quartet), and members from the
Catalyst String Quartet, ICE, and Threeds in performances of original live music
to film and a world premiere of Scherzo for Winds. Jessie Montgomery is ACO’s Van Lier Emerging
Composer Fellow which is made possible by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund and
Musical Arts Fund of the New York Community Trust.

more info

Tuesday, January, 31, 2012 at 8:00
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium

Philip Glass at 75

Celebrating the composer’s milestone birthday with the premiere of his landmark new symphony.

Philip Glass at 75Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
Maki Namekawa,


Arvo Pärt: Lamentate (NYC Premiere)
Philip Glass: Symphony No. 9 (U.S. Premiere, Carnegie
Hall commission)

more info


 October 14-22, 2011

Playing It UNsafe Album Cover

ACO’s Sounds of A New Century festival featured 100+ composers in 14 concerts, with 24 world premieres, and 16
Go to the SONiC website…


Orchestra Underground
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
ACO Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts

George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor
Kenji Bunch, amplified viola
Mellissa Hughes, soprano & electronics
Daniel Iglesia, videographer

Christopher Stark:…and start west
(World Premiere,
ACO / Paul Underwood commission)
Alex Temple: Liebeslied with voice, electronics & orchestra
(World Premiere, ACO commission)

Kenji Bunch: The Devil’s Box
(World Premiere, Mary Rodgers Guettel / Meet The Composer commission)

Wang Lu: Flowing Water Study II for Orchestra & Video
(World Premiere, ACO / Jerome commission)

Andreia Pinto-Correia: Elegia a Al-Mu’tamid
(World Premiere, ACO / Patricia Wylde commission)

Saturday, October 15 at 7:30, Miller Theatre
eighth blackbird: fractured jams

Sunday, October 16, noon – midnight, Miller Theatre
Extended Play – Marathon concert

Monday, October 17 at 7:30, Miller Theatre

Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00, Americas Society
Camerata Aberta

Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00, The Stone
Afterhours: Twang

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30, Symphony Space
Ensemble Klang

Wednesday, October 19 at 10:00, Joyce SoHo
New Sounds/New Moves

Thursday, October 20 at 8:00, The Kitchen

Thursday, October 20 at 11:00, 92YTribeca

Friday, October 21 at 7:30, Roulette
Alarm Will Sound

Friday, October 21 at 10:00, Roulette
Electronic SONiC

Bryce Dessner, photo credit: Helen Boast

Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 Winter Garden at World Financial Center

ACO American Pie

George Manahan, Conductor
Bryce Dessner, electric guitar
Aaron Dessner, electric guitar

Bryce Dressner: St. Carolyn by the Sea
(World Premiere,
ACO / LVMH commission)
Ruby Fulton: Road Ranger Cowboy
(NYC premiere, Music Alive
Paul Yeon Lee: Echo of a Dream
(World Premiere, ACO / Whitaker commission)

Ryan Gallagher: Grindhouse  (World Premiere)
Andrew Norman: Unstuck (NYC Premiere)
Suzanne Farrin: Infinite Here (NYC Premiere)

Saturday, October 22 at 11:30, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre
Different Drummers

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