Performances
& Events

July
2024
7
4:00 pm

July 7, 2024

Aspen Music Festival and School “Festival Orchestra: Hadelich, Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2”

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

Link: https://www.aspenmusicfestival.com/events/calendar/aspen-festival-orchestra-2/ 

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

July 7, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Aspen Music Festival and School, Klein Music Tent
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September
2024
27
7:30 pm

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Jacksonville Symphony

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Jacksonville Symphony
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October
2024
15
6:00 pm

Raise Up: 2024 Gala and Creative Catalyst Awards

Tuesday, 15 October, 2024

Bryant Park Grill

25 W. 40th St., New York City

6:00P Cocktail Hour  

7:00P Dinner & Performances

RSVP by September 30th

Festive Attire

ACO’s annual gala, co-chaired by Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Melin Tan-Geller, MD, and Lana Turner, honors the contributions of creatives working in the contemporary orchestral music space whose impact will resonate for years to come. Gala supporters will enjoy an evening of original music from leading artists while learning how their contributions drive innovation and excellence in the field. The ACO gala offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to build relationships and identify opportunities for collaboration with other guests, all while supporting ACO’s mission.

HONOREES

Regina Carter

MacArthur Fellow, Doris Duke Award recipient and multi-GRAMMY Award nominated violinist

Hollis King

Emeritus Creative Director and VP, Verve Group

PERFORMANCES & CREATIVE EXPERIENCES BY

Regina Carter

Kebra-Seyoun Charles

Harlem Samba

GALA CO-CHAIRS

Indira Etwaroo

Melin Tan-Geller

Lana Turner

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT RAISE UP!

GALA SUPPORT LEVELS

Visionary $25,000

  1. 8 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance with priority table placement; includes placement of two guest artists at your table, if desired  
  2. Inside Gala Journal Cover Ad (full color)
  3. Logo placement or recognition on all print and digital marketing for the event
  4. Recognition as an official sponsor of The New Virtuoso: Borders, ACO’s October 30, 2024 concert at Carnegie Hall
  5. 8 VIP tickets to ACO’s The New Virtuoso: Borders concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception
  6. One dedicated social media post highlighting your sponsorship of the event

$23,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Icon $10,000

  1. 8 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance with preferred table placement; includes placement of two guest artists at your table, if desired  
  2. Full-page Gala Journal Ad (B&W)
  3. Logo placement or recognition on all print and digital marketing for the event
  4. Recognition as an official sponsor of The New Virtuoso: Borders, ACO’s October 30, 2024 concert at Carnegie Hall
  5. 4 VIP tickets to ACO’s The New Virtuoso: Borders concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception
  6. One dedicated social media post highlighting your sponsorship of the event

$8,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Maverick $5,000

  1. 4 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance, with select table placement, includes placement of one guest artist at your table, if desired    
  2. Listing in Gala Journal
  3. Logo placement or recognition on all print and digital marketing for the event
  4. Invitation to a special ACO insider event

$4,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Muse $1,000

  1. 1 VIP ticket to the dinner & performance with select seating
  2. Listing in Gala Journal
  3. Invitation to a special ACO insider event

$750 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Explorer $600

  1. 1 VIP ticket to the dinner & performance
  2. Listing in Gala Journal

$350 of this purchase is tax-deductible

ACO’s annual gala honors the contributions of creatives working in the contemporary orchestral music space whose impact will resonate for years to come. Gala supporters will enjoy an evening of original music from leading artists while learning how their contributions drive innovation and excellence in the field.

Bryant Park Grill
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October
2024
19
7:30 pm

October 19, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

Akron Symphony Orchestra

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

October 19, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Akron Symphony Orchestra
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October
2024
26
7:30 pm

October 26, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops

Link: https://www.cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/buy-tickets/cso/2425-cso-season/sibelius--saint-saens/

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

October 26, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Music Hall
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October
2024
28
12:00 pm

October 28–29, 2024

EarShot Readings: National Arts Centre Orchestra

National Arts Centre | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

TBD, Conductor

Featured Artists and Works TBD

Mentor Composers:

Jimmy López Bellido

Ana Sokolović

Dinuk Wijeratne

October 28–29, 2024

EarShot Readings: National Arts Centre Orchestra

National Arts Centre | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

TBD, Conductor

Featured Artists and Works TBD

Mentor Composers:

Jimmy López Bellido

Ana Sokolović

Dinuk Wijeratne

National Arts Center
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October
2024
30
7:30 pm

October 30, 2024, 7:30 PM ET

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor

Mak Grgik, Guitar

Inbal Segev, Cello

Curtis Stewart, Violin and Electronics

PROGRAM

Michael Abels: Borders 

Kebra-Seyoun Charles: New Work (ACO Commission, developed via EarShot CoLABoratory/World Premiere)

Curtis Stewart, Embrace (ACO Commission)

Paul Novak, Forest Migrations (ACO Commission/World Premiere)

Victoria Polevá, The Bell

“The New Virtuoso“ is a series of programs featuring works that defy genre expectations for a solo instrument, and in doing so carve out novel texture, affect and technique in Symphonic composition. This program features works that question the nature and effect of political, gender, and ecologic borders, and how we as humans move and migrate in reaction. With conductor Mei-Ann Chen on the podium, this concert features guitarist Mak Grgik, cellist Inbal Segev, and violinist Curtis Stewart.  ACO will perform three commissions by Kebra-Seyoun Charles, Paul Novak, and Curtis Stewart, alongside works by Michael Abels and Victoria Polevá.

“The New Virtuoso“ is a series of programs featuring works that defy genre expectations for a solo instrument, and in doing so carve out novel texture, affect and technique in Symphonic composition. This program features works that question the nature and effect of political, gender, and ecologic borders, and how we as humans move and migrate in reaction. With conductor Mei-Ann Chen on the podium, this concert features guitarist Mak Grgik, cellist Inbal Segev, and violinist Curtis Stewart.  ACO will perform three commissions by Kebra-Seyoun Charles, Paul Novak, and Curtis Stewart, alongside works by Michael Abels and Victoria Polevá.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
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November
2024
22
7:30 pm

November 22, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

November 22, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Jacksonville Symphony
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December
2024
13
7:30 pm

December 13, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Utah Symphony & Opera

Link: https://utahsymphony.org/event/id/33382/

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

December 13, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Abravanel Hall
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December
2024
13
7:30 pm

December 13–14, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Meilina Tsui, TBD (World Premiere)

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic

Link: https://artisnaples.org/subscriptions/masterworks

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

December 13–14, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Meilina Tsui, TBD (World Premiere)

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic
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January
2025
10
7:30 pm

January 10–11, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Marina López, TBD (World Premiere)

Grand Rapids Symphony

Link: https://www.devosperformancehall.com/events/2025/gr-symphony-presents-sax-and-the-city

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

January 10–11, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Marina López, TBD (World Premiere)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

DeVos Performance Hall
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February
2025
1
2:00 pm

February 1–2, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Chelsea Komschlies, TBD (World Premiere)

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Link: https://www.tucsonsymphony.org/event/mahler-and-schumann/2025-02-01/1/

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

February 1–2, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Chelsea Komschlies, TBD (World Premiere)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Catalina Foothills High School
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February
2025
22
7:30 pm

February 22–23, 2025

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Sarah Gibson, to make this mountain taller

Idaho State Civic Symphony

Link: https://iscsymphony.org/24-25-season/

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

February 22–23, 2025

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Sarah Gibson, to make this mountain taller

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Idaho State Civic Symphony
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February
2025
22
7:30 pm

February 22, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra

Link: https://ci.ovationtix.com/36404/production/1198898?performanceId=11466141

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

February 22, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Seabrook Auditorium
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March
2025
6
7:30 pm

March 6, 2025, 7:30 PM ET

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall

Tito Muñoz, Conductor

Clarice Assad, Vocals and Electronics

Edmar Castañeda, Harp

Harlem Samba, Percussion

PROGRAM

Clarice Assad: Evolution of AI (ACO Commission/World Premiere)

Edmar Castañeda: New Work (ACO Commission, developed via EarShot CoLABoratory/World Premiere)

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda: Going Home, arr. Curtis Stewart (World Premiere Arrangement)

Tania León, Ácana

Tomàs Peire Serrate: New Work (ACO Commission/World Premiere)

Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, and United States culture have been interconnected for centuries by the effects of colonization and the musics transported and transformed overseas as a result. This program features music from various parts of Latin America and its influence on jazz and “Classical” music in the United States. Conductor Tito Muñoz leads ACO in the performance of works by Clarice Assad, Edmar Castañeda, Alice Coltrane, Tania León, and Tomàs Peire Serrate. Guest artists Clarice Assad (vocals and electronics), Edmar Castañeda (harp), and percussion ensemble Harlem Samba join ACO onstage.

Latin American, Afro-Caribbean, and United States culture have been interconnected for centuries by the effects of colonization and the musics transported and transformed overseas as a result. This program features music from various parts of Latin America and its influence on jazz and “Classical” music in the United States. Conductor Tito Muñoz leads ACO in the performance of works by Clarice Assad, Edmar Castañeda, Alice Coltrane, Tania León, and Tomàs Peire Serrate. Guest artists Clarice Assad (vocals and electronics), Edmar Castañeda (harp), and percussion ensemble Harlem Samba join ACO onstage.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
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April
2025
6
2:00 pm

April 6, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Quad City Symphony Orchestra

Link: https://qcso.org/event/masterworks-vi-rhapsody-in-blue/

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

April 6, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

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May
2025
17
7:30 pm

May 17, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Karena Ingram, TBD (World Premiere)

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: American Composers Orchestra and League of American Orchestras have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

May 17, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Karena Ingram, TBD (World Premiere)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra
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June
2025
1
7:30 pm

June 1, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

Berkeley Symphony

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

June 1, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Berkeley Symphony
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June
2024
14
7:30 pm

Event Details

June 13–14, 2024

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music

New York City, NY

LIVESTREAM (click video below)

Ensemble: American Composers Orchestra

Conductor: Delta David Gier

Mentor Composers:  Marcos Balter, Curtis Stewart, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh.

Featured Artists and Works

Malachi Brown: Statements- a journal entry

Samuel Torres Frailejón

Sofía Scheps: Demografía acústica: % / Acoustic Demography: %

Anuj Bhutani: After the Freeze

Madeline Merwin: Dirty Ice

Eunsung Kim*: Kaleidoscope for Orchestra


Read more about artists & their works on ACO's blog.

*Participation by Eunsung Kim is made possible through an exchange program between ACO's EarShot and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra’s Composers’ Atelier program. One composer selected through Atelier is featured in ACO's EarShot Readings, while one composer selected through ACO's EarShot Readings will be featured in KNSO's Composers' Atelier program.

June 14, 2024 at 7:30pm - Public Read Through

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music

New York City, NY

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music
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June
2024
13
7:00 pm

June 13–14, 2024EarShot Readings: American Composers OrchestraNeidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of MusicNew York City, NYEnsemble:American Composers OrchestraMentor Composers:TBDConductor:TBDFeatured Artists and Works:TBD

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music
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June
2024
13
10:30 am

Event Details

June 13, 2024

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music

New York City, NY

Ensemble: American Composers Orchestra

Conductor: Delta David Gier

Mentor Composers:  Marcos Balter, Curtis Stewart, and Niloufar Nourbakhsh.

Featured Artists and Works

Malachi Brown: Statements- a journal entry

Samuel Torres Frailejón

Sofía Scheps: Demografía acústica: % / Acoustic Demography: %)

Anuj Bhutani: After the Freeze

Madeline Merwin: Dirty Ice

Eunsung Kim*: Kaleidoscope for Orchestra

Read more about artists & their works on ACO's blog.

*Participation by Eunsung Kim is made possible through an exchange program between ACO's EarShot and the Korean National Symphony Orchestra’s Composers’ Atelier program. One composer selected through Atelier is featured in ACO's EarShot Readings, while one composer selected through ACO's EarShot Readings will be featured in KNSO's Composers' Atelier program.

June 13, 2024 at 10:30am - Open Rehearsal

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music

New York City, NY

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music
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June
2024
1
7:30 pm

Through orchestral, choral, gospel and soul choral music, this one-night-only event is the signature celebration for The Kennedy Center’s Conflux partnership with the National Black Theatre (NBT) running May 26 - June 2, 2024.  The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout will take us on a sonic quest produced by National Black Theatre & The Apollo. Taking place in the Opera House at The Kennedy Center, The Gathering will center the soul of Black folks and the heart of America's brilliant and bitter present. With Creative Concept and Direction by NBT’s Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan McCrory, and featuring the American Composers Orchestra and NEWorks Voices of Inspiration chorale, this night will feature the DC premiere of Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson alongside Carlos Simon’s Amen! and Courtney Bryan’s Sanctum. In conjunction with these pieces, the night has been curated in the African tradition of call and response to include original works by genre-defying Black artists such as Abby Dobson, Toshi Reagon, Troy Anthony, and Nona Hendryx. The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout was originally performed at The Apollo in Harlem, New York 2022.

The Kennedy Center
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May
2024
19
3:00 pm

Event Details

May 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2024

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)

An American Soldier  

On October 3, 2011, Chinese-American Army Pvt. Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower at his base in Afghanistan. Based on his story and the ensuing courts-martial of Chen’s fellow soldiers, this New York City premiere opera tells the powerful true story of a young soldier from Manhattan’s Chinatown who sought to serve his country, only to find his biggest threat was the very people who swore to protect him.

Told through the multidimensional music of Huang Ruo (M. Butterfly, Book of Mountains and Seas) with libretto by Tony and Grammy winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Soft Power), and directed by Obie Award winner Chay Yew (Cambodian Rock Band, Sweatshop Overlord), An American Soldier is a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra.

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera.

Huang Ruo, composer

David Henry Hwang, librettist

Carolyn Kuan, conductor

Chay Yew, director

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

American Opera by composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)
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May
2024
18
7:00 pm

Event Details

May 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2024

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)

An American Soldier  

On October 3, 2011, Chinese-American Army Pvt. Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower at his base in Afghanistan. Based on his story and the ensuing courts-martial of Chen’s fellow soldiers, this New York City premiere opera tells the powerful true story of a young soldier from Manhattan’s Chinatown who sought to serve his country, only to find his biggest threat was the very people who swore to protect him.

Told through the multidimensional music of Huang Ruo (M. Butterfly, Book of Mountains and Seas) with libretto by Tony and Grammy winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Soft Power), and directed by Obie Award winner Chay Yew (Cambodian Rock Band, Sweatshop Overlord), An American Soldier is a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra.

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera.

Huang Ruo, composer

David Henry Hwang, librettist

Carolyn Kuan, conductor

Chay Yew, director

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

American Opera by composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)
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May
2024
16
7:00 pm

Event Details

May 16–19, 2024

Kennedy Center, “Randall Goosby plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto; Thomas Wilkins conducts Elgar’s Enigma Variations

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Anna Clyne, This Moment

National Symphony Orchestra

Thirty orchestras will take part in the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program. The unprecedented national consortium ensures that new works by women composers, each commissioned by the League, will be infused in orchestra seasons to come, with multiple performances throughout the country. The consortium’s initial six lead orchestra-composer pairings were previously announced, with more than eighty orchestras applying for the additional twenty-four spots.

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions program) is an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Selected composers are previous participants in ACO's EarShot Readings.

This Moment was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Concert Hall, Kennedy Center 2700 F St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20566
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May
2024
16
7:00 pm

Event Details

May 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 2024

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)

An American Soldier  

On October 3, 2011, Chinese-American Army Pvt. Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower at his base in Afghanistan. Based on his story and the ensuing courts-martial of Chen’s fellow soldiers, this New York City premiere opera tells the powerful true story of a young soldier from Manhattan’s Chinatown who sought to serve his country, only to find his biggest threat was the very people who swore to protect him.

Told through the multidimensional music of Huang Ruo (M. Butterfly, Book of Mountains and Seas) with libretto by Tony and Grammy winner David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Soft Power), and directed by Obie Award winner Chay Yew (Cambodian Rock Band, Sweatshop Overlord), An American Soldier is a powerful and unforgettable experience.

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra.

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera.

Huang Ruo, composer

David Henry Hwang, librettist

Carolyn Kuan, conductor

Chay Yew, director

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

American Opera by composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang

Co-Produced by PAC NYC, Boston Lyric Opera, and American Composers Orchestra

The 2024 version was co-commissioned by PAC NYC and Boston Lyric Opera

Sunday, May 12, 2024 – Performance #1, 3pm

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 – Performance #2, 7pm

Thursday, May 16, 2024 – Performance #3, 7pm

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – Performance #4, 8pm

Sunday, May 19, 2024 – Performance #5, 3pm

Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)
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April
2024
15
7:00 pm

April 15–16, 2024EarShot Readings: Illinois Philharmonic OrchestraVenue TBDPalo Heights, ILEnsemble:Illinois Philharmonic OrchestraMentor Composers:Jessie MontgomeryJames StephensonConductor:Stilian KirovFeatured Artists and Works:TBD

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April
2024
6
7:30 pm

April 6–7, 2024Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertAngel Lam, TBD (World Premiere)Quad City Symphony OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Robert A. and Patricia K. Hanson Symphonic Arts Center
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March
2024
22
8:00 pm

March 22–24, 2024Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertAngel Lam, TBD (World Premiere)Kansas City SymphonyToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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March
2024
20
7:00 pm

March 20–22, 2024EarShot Readings: Indiana UniversityBloomington, INMentor composers:TBDConductor:Jeffrey MeyerFeatured Artists and Works:TBD

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March
2024
12
7:30 pm

March 12, 2024, 7:30pm Zankel Hall, Carnegie HallRei Hotoda, conductorChrystal E. Williams, mezzo-sopranoFelipe Hostins, accordionJerod Impichcha̱achaaha' Tate, narrator and lead vocalAMERICA IN WEIMAR: ON THE MARGINSGeorge Antheil: Jazz Symphony 7’Jerod Impichcha̱achaaha' : Lowak Shoppala' (Clans) (NY premiere) 10–15’John Glover (composer)/Kelley (librettist): Right Now (World Premiere) 15’Duke Ellington: “Solitude” and “Sophisticated Lady”, arr. Morton Gould 8’Tonia Ko: Breath, Untamed (World Premiere) 15’Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin: “My Ship” from Lady in the Dark 5’AMERICA IN WEIMAR: ON THE MARGINS explores American influence on the Weimar period and—conversely—the legacy of Weimar's embrace of transgression, non-Teutonic identity, and utopian ideals, all of which continually resonate in today's American art and music.

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
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February
2024
22
7:30 pm

February 22–23, 2024“Beethoven Violin Concerto”Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertSarah Gibson, to make this mountain tallerKnoxville Symphony OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Tennessee Theatre
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February
2024
7
8:00 pm

February 7–8, 2024“Pouliot & Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto& Shelley conducts Scheherazade”Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertGity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)National Arts Centre OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

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January
2024
25
7:30 pm

January 25, 2024“Birth of a Culture”Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertArlene Sierra, KiskadeeLouisiana Philharmonic OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

The Orpheum Theater
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November
2023
9
7:30 pm

November 9, 2023, 7:30pmZankel Hall, Carnegie HallVimbayi Kaziboni, conductorSidney Outlaw, baritone

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THE QUEST: EPIC JOURNEYSAugusta Read Thomas: Sun Dance—In memoriam Oliver Knussen (NY Premiere) 6’George Lewis: New Work (World Premiere/ACO Commission) 15’Jack Hughes: Three Ways of Getting There (World Premiere/ACO Underwood commission) 10-12’Guillermo Klein: The Kingdom (CoLABoratory/World Premiere) 10’Nina C. Young: Out of whose womb came the ice (World Premiere, Carnegie Hall/ACO Co-commission) 28’

Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall
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October
2023
25
6:00 pm

ACO invites you to kick off the 2023-24 season with us at our 2023 Gala & Creative Catalyst Awards, a joyful celebration of the music and culture of the Americas honoring three visionary leaders - Paquito D'Rivera, Dr. Indira Etwaroo, and Edward Yim - who exemplify our core values of artistry, creativity, community, and equity.Meet rising stars of tomorrow over a caipirinha at the bar. Discover new sounds with NYC's most culturally curious. Make lifelong connections through the one-of-a-kind communal dining experience that is Brazilian churrasco. And, because it's a party after all, bring out your most creative festive attire!Save the date and join us for a night featuring music by composer & saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera, soprano Chrystal E. Williams, forró musician Felipe Hostins, composer Raquel Acevedo Klein, and sound artist Chris Kallmyer, among others, and a fabulous dinner.Founded in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fogo de Chão's interactive tableside service features fire roasted meats, fish, and vegan/vegetarian entrees alongside Fogo's signature Market Table spread inspired by the farms of Southern Brazil where family and friends gather to share the finest and freshest from their harvests.We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of enthralling performances, sparkling company, and delicious food, while supporting the expansion of ACO's national EarShot composer advancement programs, orchestral performances, and educational initiatives.EVENT6:00pm Cocktail Hour7:00pm Awards Ceremony & Performances7:30pm Dinner & DessertTICKETSOnline tickets will be available by August 2023. Until then, please RSVP to Chaele Davis at chaele@americancomposers.orgVisionary $25,000

  • 8 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance with priority table placement; includes placement of two guest artists at your table, if desired
  • Inside Gala Journal Cover Ad (full color)
  • Recognition as an official sponsor of The Quest: Epic Journeys, ACO’s November 9, 2023 concert at Carnegie Hall
  • 8 VIP tickets to ACO’s The Quest: Epic Journeys concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception

$23,000 of this purchase is tax-deductibleIcon $10,000

  • 8 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance with preferred table placement; includes placement of two guest artists at your table, if desired
  • Full-page Gala Journal Ad (B&W)
  • Recognition as an official sponsor of The Quest: Epic Journeys, ACO’s November 9, 2023 concert at Carnegie Hall
  • 4 VIP tickets to ACO’s The Quest: Epic Journeys concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception

$8,000 of this purchase is tax-deductibleMaverick $5,000

  • 4 VIP tickets to the dinner & performance, with select table placement, includes placement of one guest artist at your table, if desired
  • Listing in Gala Journal
  • Invitation to a special ACO insider event

$4,000 of this purchase is tax-deductibleMuse $1,000

  • 1 VIP ticket to the dinner & performance with select seating
  • Listing in Gala Journal
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$750 of this purchase is tax-deductibleExplorer $600

  • 1 VIP ticket to the dinner & performance
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$350 of this purchase is tax-deductibleTRIBUTESI cannot attend, but I’d like to place a tribute in the program book:Back Cover (color) 5” x 7 5/8” $1,500 Full page (B&W): 5” x 7 5/8” $500½ page (B&W): 5” x 3 11/16” $300¼ page (B&W): 2 3/8” wide x 3 11/16” $175ABOUT THE HONOREESNEA Jazz Master Paquito D'Rivera defies categorization. The winner of 14 combined Grammy and Latin Grammy awards with his celebrated musical career that reflects a dedication to jazz, bebop, and Latin music, including his impressive contributions to classical music. In his passion to bring Latin repertoire to greater prominence, D'Rivera has successfully created and championed all types of classical compositions, including chamber compositions and symphonies. His second National Symphony commission "The Journey" premiered in 2022 with Yo-Yo Ma as Soloist.Dr. Indira Etwaroo is an award-winning producer, director, scholar, and non-profit arts leader, and currently serves as the Director of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple. Previously, she led RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre through radical growth, including the launch of the first national strategic plan for Black theaters, The Black Seed.As Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President of WQXR, Edward Yim is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision that helps WQXR reach a broader, more inclusive audience, drives digital innovation, bolsters the station’s role in New York City’s arts and culture ecosystem, and increases WQXR’s relevance and service to the city’s communities. Prior to joining WQXR, he served as President & CEO of the American Composers Orchestra.

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October
2023
19
7:00 pm

October 19–21, 2023“Korngold’s Violin Concerto”Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertArlene Sierra, KiskadeeDetroit Symphony OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Orchestra Hall
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October
2023
10
7:30 pm

Presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony, this concert is free and open to the public. This 90-minute concert features selections from Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Suite, and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. Also, a RAD Days first: the Pittsburgh premiere of “to make this mountain taller” by American composer Sarah Gibson. Online reservations are encouraged. This concert is family-friendly, recommended for ages six and older.Sarah Gibson's work is made possible through the Virginia B. Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

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October
2023
6
7:00 pm

October 6–8, 2023Kimmel Center"Trifinov Plays Brahms"Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertAnna Clyne, This MomentThe Philadelphia OrchestraToulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

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October
2023
4
7:00 pm

CSO Assistant Conductors Samuel Lee and Daniel Wiley will conduct the CSO in a performance featuring composers of EarShot, the nation’s first ongoing, systematic program for creating relationships between orchestras and composers. EarShot is operated in partnership with the American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and the League of American Orchestras. The composers will be mentored by CSO Music Director Louis Langrée.

Featured Artists & Works:

Leyou Wang: Impressions from TianqianMartin Hebel: Radiant PillarsGiuseppe Gallo-Balma: Los Huesos de YayaelJoseph Sowa: Summer Has Ten Thousand StarsMentor Composers: Melinda Wagner, Curtis Stewart, Texu KimRead more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>

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September
2023
28
7:00 pm

“The Four Seasons”Virginia B. Toulmin Commission ConcertGity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)Rochester Philharmonic OrchestraSeptember 28th and 30th, 2023Toulmin Commissioning Consortium: ACO and LAO have established a 30-orchestra consortium to support commissions by 6 women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer will write a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develop an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra.

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
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July
2023
5
8:00 pm

Brooklyn’s own Tamar-kali joins forces with international opera and theatre director James Blaszko and the American Composers Orchestra to bring Freedom Is a Constant Struggle to Lincoln Center. A second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina, Tamar-kali has designed an evening of orchestral performances and readings that highlight the African-American struggle to reap the benefits of liberty and justice defined as a part of American citizenry. The concert traces the African-American struggle to achieve freedom—from the call to abolish chattel slavery through the Civil War, from reconstruction and the early movement for racial equality to the ‘60s civil rights movement, all the way to our present-day fights for equity. The performance includes the world premiere of Tamar-kali’s Sea IslandSymphony: Red Rice, Cotton and Indigo, and spotlights pivotal works by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Nina Simone, and Ida B. Wells, among other notable works. Featuring an orchestra, choir, guest vocalists, orators, and ring shouters, this will be an unforgettable, not-to-be missed evening of innovation, experimentation, and introspection.This is a FREE event with first-come first-served General Admission. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Experience at 212-875-5456 or guestexperience@lincolncenter.org.

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June
2023
21
2:00 pm

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra hosts EarShot Readings on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 with four featured composers: Moni (Jasmine) Guo, Diallo Banks, Ricardo Ferro, and Iván Enrique Rodríguez. The composers will work throughout the day with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra musicians and DSO Assistant Conductor Maurice Cohn, and receive feedback from mentor composers Quinn Mason, a 27-year old Dallas-based composer and conductor; “expert in orchestration” (The New York Times) Jimmy López Bellido; and Xi Wang, a Dallas-based composer and faculty member at Southern Methodist University. At 2:00pm that afternoon, the DSO and Cohn perform all four works at Meyerson Symphony Hall, after which a recording will be provided to the participants and published online. The public is invited to a free concert at 2:00pm.

EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level, developed by the American Composers Orchestra to ensure the vibrant future of new American orchestral music. Over the last 25 years, these readings have provided more than 250 composers with vital artistic and technical resources, as well as career-accelerating public exposure. Alumni of EarShot have won every composition award, including the Pulitzer, GRAMMY, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes, to name a few. Composer-orchestra relationships extend beyond the EarShot Readings, and since 2009, 28 works have been commissioned by partner orchestras from EarShot participants and more than half of selected EarShot composers report receiving a commission directly resulting from their participation.

Reserved tickets are required for this free event. General admission seating.

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Program:

Moni (Jasmine) Guo – Rays of the After-rain Evening Sun

Diallo Banks – Chute Libre

Ricardo Ferro – ‘17-North

Iván Enrique Rodríguez – Symphony No. 2: Naa Okùnkùn ti Òkúnta Dídán

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Cohn, conductor

Meyerson Symphony Center
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June
2023
12
7:30 pm

Music from Copland House presents six world premieres of the new works it commissioned from the 2023 Fellows of its acclaimed annual Emerging Composers Institute: Henry Dorn, Seare Farhat, Oswald Huỳnh, Maya Miro Johnson, Grace Ann Lee, and Max Vinetz. CULTIVATE 2023, directed by Grammy-nominated composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel, is an intensive, creative workshop and mentoring program for gifted American composers of all backgrounds and identities, in the initial stages of their professional careers. Each year, six young composers are awarded fellowships to participate in this immersive, weeklong session, which takes place at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Westchester County, one hour north of New York City.

Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center
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June
2023
11
4:00 pm

SONiC and Mannes/The New School co-present three new interactive works developed through ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory composer residency program. Inspired by the African-American history of resilience, healing, and awakening post-trauma, Grammy-winner Marcus Gilmore’sPulse, developed with ACO through the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with his mentor, world-renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain, is scored for drums, jazz ensemble, spoken word, and orchestra. Pulse will feature spoken word by Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Trevor New’s Cohere Touch connects artists across continents using the composer’s own augmented reality environment and performance on viola. Mendi + Keith Obadike’s DreamTrain is an immersive sound installation and performance that encourages audiences to dream collectively as a means of social transformation. The American Composers Orchestra will be led by David Bloom.Featuring American Composers OrchestraDavid Bloom, conductorPaloma McGregor, director/choreographerMarcus Gilmore TrioTrevor New, violistTracy K. Smith, poetProgramDreamTrain by Mendi + Keith Obadike, sound artistsCohere Touch by Trevor New, electro-acoustic violist and composerPulse byMarcus Gilmore, drummer and composer, Fellow in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts InitiativePost-Concert Discussion and Q&A, moderated by Melissa Ngan, featuring Rolex Mentor and Protégé Artists Zakir Hussain & Marcus Gilmore, plus CoLABoratory Fellows Trevor New, Mendi + Keith Obadike

Tishman Auditorium at Mannes School of Music
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June
2023
10
7:00 pm

SONiC teams up with Luna Composition Lab and International Contemporary Ensemble to present a concert of brand new works by the 2022–23 Luna Lab Fellows. Founded in 2016 by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid, Luna Composition Lab provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers ages 13–18 who are female, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming. Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, and George Lewis curate this evening of world premieres as well as additional works by Luna Lab mentors.

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Featured Artists2022–23 Luna Lab FellowsHannah ChenLucy ChenLili MasoudiGabrielle SmithElaina Rae StupplerIsabelle TsengLuna Lab MentorsWang LuNina ShekharInternational Contemporary EnsembleAlice Jones, fluteLeah Asher, violinMeaghan Burke, celloEmmalie Tello, clarinetErika Dohi, pianoProgramHannah Chen: Spiral (World Premiere)Lucy Chen: Seventeen (World Premiere)Wang Lu: From the Distant Plains IILili Masoudi: [to be determined] (World Premiere)Nina Shekhar: GLITCHGabrielle Smith: Stellar Evolution (World Premiere)Elaina Rae Stuppler: Waluga (World Premiere)Isabelle Tseng: Bumbershoot (World Premiere)

Curators: George Lewis, Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid

Stiefel Hall at Mannes School of Music
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June
2023
9
7:00 pm

SONIC welcomes a program of Caribbean music entitled Nexus, produced by Puentes Caribeños, an organization dedicated to promoting Caribbean art music since 2013. Featuring Jamaican pianist Paul Shaw, Puerto Rican flutist Nora Lee Garcia with pianist/composers Mariano Morales and Raymond Torres-Santos, and Bahamian ensemble C Force – with Christine Gangelhoff, flute; Christian Justilien, euphonium; and Paul Jones, piano – this performance presents works connected to the Caribbean, including four world premieres.

Curated by: Puentes CaribeñosCoordinated by: Christine Gangelhoff

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Puentes Caribeños is the organization behind the Caribbean art music symposia that have taken place across the Caribbean since 2013. Passionate about the extensive but little-known repertoire of music from the region, Puentes Caribeños is committed to promoting composers linked to the Caribbean in order that their voices may be heard more widely. As the classical music world finally begins to embrace more diversity and inclusion, the work of Puentes Caribeños is more timely than ever. The Puentes Caribeños committee consists of its co-founders Dr Carlos Carrillo (University of Illinois), Dr Christine Gangelhoff (University of The Bahamas) and Dr Adam Walters (University of Trinidad and Tobago).

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Composer Carlos R. Carrillo Cotto holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Yale University (MM), and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.). Dr. Carrillo is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Bearns Prize, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, and ASCAP awards. He has taught composition at DePauw University, Reed College, and the Conservatory of Music in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Currently, Dr. Carrillo is an Associate Professor of Composition-Theory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Flutist Christine Gangelhoff is currently Professor of Music at The University of The Bahamas and has also held positions on the faculties of Memorial University of Newfoundland and St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a founding member of C Force, a chamber ensemble that challenges the traditional concept of chamber music. Her extensive research on art music from the Caribbean has inspired albums, academic symposia, concert series, scholarly publications and most recently, an innovative textbook. She is a Powell performing artist and holds degrees from Yale University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Minnesota.

After a freelance career as a composer and French horn player in the UK, Adam Walters moved to Trinidad in 2009 to join the music faculty of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Absorbing himself in local musical styles, Adam has developed an approach to composition that blends sounds and gestures of Trinidadian musics and environments with his own background in western classical styles. Now living back in London, Adam holds a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway, University of London, and his music has been performed in Trinidad, the UK and the US.

Americas Society
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June
2023
8
7:00 pm

Audiences are invited to observe a collaborative session with orchestra, composers, and choreographers/dancers.The Next Festival’s 2023 Choreographer, Composer and Performance Fellows premiere new music and dance works, intermingling the world premiere of ACO EarShot compositions with a works-in-progress dance showing. This is the culmination of a week-long workshop, consisting of rehearsals, collaboration and spontaneous creation. ACO's EarShot is the nation's first ongoing program for creating relationships between orchestras and composers, in partnership with American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras and New Music USA.Composer Mentors, the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis and “strikingly original” (The New York Times) Kamala Sankaram, along with Festival A.D. Peter Askim, will guide ACO’s Earshot Composer Fellows Michael R. Dudley Jr., Emil Ernström, and Akari Komura in the creation of new music. These new pieces will be played by the Festival’s String Performance Fellows. Choreography Mentor Sidra Bell will lead Choreographer Fellows Flora Ferguson, Jay Beardsley, and Ameeya Singh in the development of new dance work, in collaboration with EarShot Composer Fellows and String Performance Fellows.This workshop is one of eight SONiC Festival events that will be available for livestream. Access is free, but advance registration is required. To access links for all livestreamed events, register now.Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>Click here for more information about The Next Festival of Emerging ArtistsClick here for a closer look at Next Fest Composer/Choreographer Workshops

New School Tishman Auditorium
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June
2023
7
9:30 pm

ACO teams up with the Public Theater for a night of SONiC explorations curated by two of ACO’s recently commissioned composers Paula Matthusen and inti figgis-vizueta. Two events on the same evening: Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 7pm, and 9:30pm.The 9:30pm event is curated by Paula Matthusen.Program

Dani Dobkin, New Work

Anthony Sertel Dean, New Work

Natalie Greffel, New Work

Seth Cluett & Paula Matthusen, interstitial studies

Joe’s Pub at Public Theater
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June
2023
7
7:00 pm

ACO teams up with the Public Theater for a night of SONiC explorations curated by two of ACO’s recently commissioned composers Paula Matthusen and inti figgis-vizueta. Two events on the same evening: Wednesday, June 7 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. The 7:00pm event curated by inti figgis-vizueta features The Rhythm Method, an ensemble of four composer-performers.

Joe’s Pub at Public Theater
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June
2023
6
8:00 pm

Bergamot Quartet and special guest Dan Trueman will present a program that pays homage to the intricate array of textures and pitches available on our non-fretted instruments, featuring works that explore “the spaces between the notes”, and backboned by fiddle traditions from around the world.​​

Roulette Intermedium
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June
2023
5
9:30 pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center and SONiC co-present a program curated by two of the most innovative artists bridging the boundaries between Latin Jazz and classical music—Clarice Assad and Yosvany Terry—at Dizzy’s Club.Jazz at Lincoln Center and SONiC co-present a program curated by two of the most innovative artists bridging the boundaries between Latin Jazz and classical music – Clarice Assad and Yosvany Terry – at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center on Monday, June 5, 2023. At 7:30pm, Grammy Award–nominated composer, pianist, and vocalist Clarice Assad curates a one-hour set featuring Brazilian guitarist João Luiz Rezende, pianists Mariel Mayz and Carolina Calvache, and more.At 9:30pm, JALC and SONiC present Atlantic Connections, created by Grammy-nominated saxophonist, percussionist, and composer Yosvany Terry and multi-dimensional vocalist Alicia Hall Moran, is a song cycle inspired by a selection of poets from the African Diaspora, including Maya Angelou, Salgado Maranhão (Brasil) and Silvie Kande (Senegal). The work of these poets served as a launching point for Terry and Hall to explore themes of land, home, motherhood, love, loss, distance, displacement, and water as some of the elements that spiritually connect the peoples’ of the African Diaspora. Atlantic Connections was originally commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts.Curated by: Yosvany Terry, saxophonist, percussionist, and composer

Dizzy's Jazz at Lincoln Center
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June
2023
5
7:30 pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center and SONiC co-present a program curated by two of the most innovative artists bridging the boundaries between Latin Jazz and classical music—Clarice Assad and Yosvany Terry—at Dizzy’s Club.Jazz at Lincoln Center and SONiC co-present a program curated by two of the most innovative artists bridging the boundaries between Latin Jazz and classical music – Clarice Assad and Yosvany Terry – at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center on Monday, June 5, 2023. At 7:30pm, Grammy Award–nominated composer, pianist, and vocalist Clarice Assad curates a one-hour set featuring Brazilian guitarist João Luiz Rezende, pianists Mariel Mayz and Carolina Calvache, and more.At 9:30pm, JALC and SONiC present Atlantic Connections, created by Grammy-nominated saxophonist, percussionist, and composer Yosvany Terry and multi-dimensional vocalist Alicia Hall Moran, is a song cycle inspired by a selection of poets from the African Diaspora, including Maya Angelou, Salgado Maranhão (Brasil) and Silvie Kande (Senegal). The work of these poets served as a launching point for Terry and Hall to explore themes of land, home, motherhood, love, loss, distance, displacement, and water as some of the elements that spiritually connect the peoples’ of the African Diaspora. Atlantic Connections was originally commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts.Curated by: Clarice Assad

Dizzy's Jazz at Lincoln Center
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June
2023
4
4:00 pm

Composer-performers Angélica Negrón and Miguel Zenón curate an afternoon of works performed by a sensational and wide-ranging array of New York musicians highlighting the rich musical traditions of Puerto Rico leading up to the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. Featured performers and composers include Ahmed Alom, Raquel Acevedo Klein, Angélica Negrón, Victor Pablo, Darian Thomas, and Miguel Zenón.

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture at Hostos Community College
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June
2023
3
7:30 pm

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a program of World Premieres for string orchestra based on the theme of Interactivity, including by Guest Artist and soloist guitarist/composer Yvette Young, 2022 Pulitzer Finalist Leilehua Lanzilotti, composer/violinist (and Festival alum) Che Buford, saxophonist/composer Matthew Evan Taylor, and Peter Askim (The Next Festival’s Artistic Director).This concert is one of eight SONiC Festival events that will be available for livestream. Access is free, but advance registration is required. To access links for all livestreamed events, register now.PROGRAMYvette Young: New Work for Electric Guitar and String Orchestra (World Premiere)Leilehua Lanzilotti: New Work for String Orchestra (World Premiere)Che Buford: New Work for String Orchestra (World Premiere)Peter Askim: New Work for String Orchestra (World Premiere)Matthew Evan Taylor: New Work for String Orchestra (World Premiere)

New School Tishman Auditorium
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June
2023
3
12:00 pm

Composer/singer Kamala Sankaram showcases an ongoing creative project in which the audience becomes integral participants in the music-making process. Celebrating ACO’s commitment to creativity, Sankaram has been developing an app to enable anyone to participate regardless of prior music experience or score reading ability. Come join this ever-evolving game-like work at this lunchtime concert co-presented by Kaufman Music Center.

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
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June
2023
2
7:30 pm

American Composers Orchestra holds its 31st EarShot Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) in June 2023 in New York City, conducted by Tito Muñoz.

Audiences are invited to experience the full read through of works by six composers. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new work to be performed by ACO in a future season. Featured artists, venue and more details will be announced in early 2023.

EarShot is a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years the program has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions as a resource to the field. Orchestras across the country and around the world rely on EarShot to identify and connect with creative artists, as well as to advise on commissions, competitions, and program design.Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>Program:Younje Cho – Feast of Particles Henry Dorn – …i forgot to say good morning todayBrittany J. Green – Rencontres for orchestraOswald Huỳnh – Gia ĐìnhAmy Nam – Mimi’s SongDaniel Reza Sabzghabaei – (گر آتش بارد به پیکرم)Hommage à Khāleqī American Composers OrchestraTito Muñoz, conductor

New School Tishman Auditorium
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June
2023
1
7:30 pm

In June 2023, ACO will premiere new works by 80 composers exploring interactivity as part of the SONiC Activ8 Festival, a citywide event in partnership with Mannes/The New School featuring 14 ensembles and 100+ performers. The Festival will include ACO’s annual EarShot New Music Readings. Stay-tuned for more details!

Various Venues
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June
2023
1
7:30 pm

Violinist/composer Curtis Stewart premieres new music with pianist and Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Aaron Diehl, Harlem Quartet, Mazz Swift, and a chamber orchestra of musicians from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School, conducted by Peter Askim. Featuring the world premiere of Curtis’s ACO-commissioned work Embrace, the program brings new creative voices to the fore, in part through reinterpreting works from the past.

A New Sounds Live co-presentation hosted by John SchaeferFeatured ArtistsCurtis Stewart, Grammy-nominated violinist and composer Aaron Diehl, pianist and composer, 2022-23 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-ResidencePeter Askim, conductorHarlem QuartetThe Next Festival of Emerging Artists OrchestraProgramCURTIS STEWART – GoneViolin soloCURTIS STEWART – Thalassaki MouViolin soloOSCAR PETERSON – Hymn to FreedomViolin and piano feat. Aaron DiehlDAVID N. BAKER – Deliver my SoulViolin and piano feat. Aaron DiehlSAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR – Selections from 24 Negro melodiesViolin and string orchestraCURTIS STEWART – Embrace World Premiere ACO commissionViolin and string orchestraJOSEPH BOLOGNE/CURTIS STEWART – KNIGHT MusicViolin and string orchestra

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
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June
2023
1
10:30 am

American Composers Orchestra holds its 31st EarShot Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) in June 2023 in New York City, conducted by Tito Muñoz.

In this initial reading session, hear the works of today’s emerging composers in an open rehearsal with American Composers Orchestra members and artistic staff. Audiences get an immersive view into what happens when an ensemble sits down to read a new work for the first time. Featured artists, venue and more details will be announced in early 2023. The rehearsal is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Capacity is limited.

EarShot is a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years the program has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions as a resource to the field. Orchestras across the country and around the world rely on EarShot to identify and connect with creative artists, as well as to advise on commissions, competitions, and program design.Program:Younje Cho – Feast of Particles Henry Dorn – …i forgot to say good morning todayBrittany J. Green – Rencontres for orchestraOswald Huỳnh – Gia ĐìnhAmy Nam – Mimi’s SongDaniel Reza Sabzghabaei – (گر آتش بارد به پیکرم)Hommage à Khāleqī American Composers OrchestraTito Muñoz, conductor

New School Tishman Auditorium
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May
2023
16
7:00 pm

Artis—Naples presents new music by three of today’s most promising emerging women composers: Mengmeng Wang, Jing Jing Luo, and Meilina Tsui. The composers engage with the Naples Philharmonic in private readings, feedback sessions with principal players and artistic directors, and work under the guidance of mentor composers Molly Joyce, a composer and performer whose work focuses on disability as a creative source, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and ACO board member Melinda Wagner.

Associate Conductor Radu Paponiu and the Naples Philharmonic perform the three works in a recorded public concert at Artis–Naples on May 16, 2023 at 7:00pm. Following the reading session in May, Artis—Naples will commission a new work from one of the three EarShot Readings composers for the Naples Philharmonic to give the world premiere in a subsequent season.

This EarShot Readings program at Artis–Naples is made possible by the van Bergen Women Composers Fund, which was a special fund initiated by the Artis–Naples Board of Directors in celebration of CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen’s 10-year anniversary at the organization in September 2021.

EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level, developed by the American Composers Orchestra to ensure the vibrant future of new American orchestral music. Over the last 25 years, these readings have provided more than 250 composers with vital artistic and technical resources, as well as career-accelerating public exposure. Alumni of EarShot have won every composition award, including the Pulitzer, GRAMMY, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes, to name a few. Composer-orchestra relationships extend beyond the EarShot Readings, and since 2009, 28 works have been commissioned by partner orchestras from EarShot participants and more than half of selected EarShot composers report receiving a commission directly resulting from their participation.

Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>

Program:

Mengmeng Wang – Onomatopoeia – The Architecture of Sound

Jing Jing Luo – Hakka

Meilina Tsui – “Scenes at the Uralsk Fair” from Nomadic Trails for Orchestra

Naples Philharmonic

Radu Paponiu, conductor

Jing Jing Luo, composer

Meilina Tsui, composer

Mengmeng Wang, composer

Artis–Naples
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May
2023
10
1:30 pm

EarShot is the nation’s first ongoing, systematic program for creating relationships between orchestras and composers. Through EarShot New Music Readings at home in NYC and in partnership with orchestras nationwide, the American Composers Orchestra discovers and develops artists whose work expands the definition of American orchestral music.

Join us for the final listening and recording session, featuring our selected composers and their mentors. The program will include an onstage discussion and Q&A.Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>

Featured Artists & Works:

Alyssa Regent: Where Even Shadows Are LightFred Onovwerosuoke: The Gathering - An Overture for OrchestraAhmed Alabaca: Ode to LibertySofía Rocha: Collage d'hommages

Mentor Composers: Valerie Coleman, Curtis Stewart, Carlos Simon

Public Ticketed Event: May 10 at 1:30pm Live Video Recording of EarShot Reading(free, ticketed event)

Atlanta Symphony Hall
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April
2023
5
4:30 pm

Named by Musical America as one of classical music’s Top 30 Influencers for 2015 and a Lorée oboe artist in 2019, Texas native, Alecia Lawyer, is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Principal Oboist of ROCO, a professional music ensemble that flexes from 1 to 40 musicians from around the US and Canada, including guest conductors from around the world. Corey Field is a professionally trained composer who is better known as a prominent entertainment, media, and copyright attorney at his Los Angeles based law firm Corey Field Law Group, P.C. They will bring their multifaceted expertise to this webinar to highlight the importance of understanding and abiding by current regulations related to unions, media rights, and more.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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March
2023
22
4:30 pm

Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition whose works have been described as “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart,” by The New York Times, and “fluid and arresting ... at once dramatic and probing,” by the San Francisco Chronicle. She joins ACO to guide a conversation and offer insights on the importance of building relationships with orchestras, and how to begin to do so.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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March
2023
16
7:30 pm

Modern Yesterdays features four works, three of them brand new commissions, that trace the links composers build between the past and future, both individually and collectively. Conducted by Daniela Candillari and featuring world-renowned guitarist and composer Kaki King, this program includes new orchestral renderings by composer D. J. Sparr of King’s guitar pieces, including her acclaimed album Modern Yesterdays, with immersive video projections by Attilio Rigotti and Orsolya Szantho. Ellen Reid's Floodplain describes a landscape in which reality shifts virtually overnight, Carlos Simon's Fate Now Conquers represents the unpredictable ways of fate, and a newly commissioned work by up-and-coming composer Carlos Bandera presents a unique perspective on the power of music to bridge time, drawing inspiration from the mythological motif of the cosmic ocean.

Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>

FEATURED ARTISTS

Daniela Candillari, ConductorKaki King, GuitarAttilio Rigotti & Orsolya Szantho, Video ProjectionsCARLOS BANDERA: Materia Prima (World premiere, ACO Underwood Commission Winner 2018)ELLEN REID: Floodplain (New York premiere, Commissioned by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra with the generous support of Linda and Stuart Nelson, and RTÉ National Symphony)CARLOS SIMON: Fate Now ConquersKAKI KING: Modern Yesterdays (World premiere of orchestrations by D. J. Sparr, ACO commission)

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
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March
2023
7
4:30 pm

Yolanda F. Johnson, Soprano and Philanthropy Expert, has crafted a life as a successful performing artist, as a composer, as an educator, and as a supporter of the arts and of women’s equity. In this webinar, Yolanda will offer insights and guidance on grant application processes, fundraising strategies, and how relationships play a role in fundraising.Attendance is free but advanced registration is required.

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March
2023
1
4:30 pm

Corey Field is a professionally trained composer who is better known as a prominent entertainment, media, and copyright attorney at his Los Angeles based law firm Corey Field Law Group, P.C. In this collaboration with ACO, Corey will unpack some of the need-to-know information surrounding orchestral commissions and the creation of consortia for composers.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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February
2023
22
4:30 pm

*Please note: American Composers Orchestra is experiencing an issue with it's email systems. If you have registered for today's webinar and have not received the Zoom link yet, please email lyndsay@americancomposers.org.

Speakers: Lina González-Granados and Nina Shekhar Receiving a performance by an orchestra isn’t the end of the road for a composer, but the beginning of an ongoing relationship. This webinar will offer rehearsal techniques to composers, and will speak to how they should engage conductors, orchestras, and its musicians throughout the rehearsal process.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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February
2023
1
4:30 pm

Celebrated as an “...eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music...” [American Record Guide], Melinda Wagner’s esteemed catalog of works embodies music of exceptional beauty, power, and intelligence. She joins ACO to take musical works from the “canon” and use them as a guide for emerging composers to understand some of the important things to know about orchestration, part writing, and more.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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January
2023
25
4:30 pm

The work of orchestra librarians often goes unnoticed, but preparing parts to be read by orchestral musicians is a vital part of the process. Manly Romero and Philip Rothman are experts in this aspect of musical performance, and join ACO in this webinar to help composers navigate the task of successful score and part preparation.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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January
2023
11
4:30 pm

Valerie Coleman has quickly become one of America’s leading living composers, and couldn’t have done it without the help of her music publisher, Jonathan Page! He joins ACO in this webinar to offer insights on self-publishing as well as the ins and outs of the publishing process.Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required.

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December
2022
6
12:00 pm

Central to its values of diversity, disruption, and discovery, American Composers Orchestra partners each year with orchestras nationwide through its EarShot Readings, which has identified and championed some of the most important rising compositional voices in the orchestral field since its founding in 1991.

To deepen the creative community around this work, the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program, an initiative of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with ACO, supports women and nonbinary composers who are alumni of EarShot to write a new orchestral work to be premiered by participating orchestras across the country each year. Beginning in 2022, the program to a consortium model, supporting 6 composers to write works that will be premiered by 30 orchestras across nineteen U.S. states and Canada.Whether you are looking to discover composers new to you for your orchestra’s programming, or simply share the boundless curiosity that comes with the discovery of new work, this virtual event highlights five composers whose works will soon premiere as part of the program. Get to know each artist, hear recordings of their music, and catch an inside look into the relationships they’ve built with the orchestras that will premiere their works.Featured composers, works, orchestras, and moderators are listed below.ModeratorsDavid Styers, Director, Learning and Leadership Programs, League of American OrchestrasGarrett McQueen, Director Artist Equity, American Composers OrchestraComposers, Partner Orchestras & Premieres Wang Lu, New York Philharmonic | Premiere: January 20-23, 2023Sarah Gibson, Sarasota Symphony Orchestra | Premiere: March 31-April 2, 2023Gity Razaz, San Diego Symphony Orchestra | Premiere: May 20-21, 2023Angel Lam, Kansas City Symphony | Premiere: TBDArlene Sierra, Detroit Symphony | Premiere: TBDThe Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program) has created partnerships between composers and orchestras since 2014, and is embedded in EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. All Toulmin Commission winners were participants of past EarShot readings. The Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program is an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

YouTube, Facebook Live
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October
2022
20
7:30 pm

The Natural Order explores our relationship to the Earth in an age of climate anxiety, led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen and featuring the Attacca Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and cello soloist Jeffrey Zeigler. The program includes the New York premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year, a dystopian reflection on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Viet Cuong’s highly charged Re(new)al is a concerto for percussion quartet inspired by the power of hydro, wind, and solar energies. Complemented with newly commissioned works by inti figgis-vizueta and Yvette Janine Jackson, the program grapples with our centuries-long struggle to harmonize with Mother Nature sharing both apocalyptic and aspirational visions of humanity’s future.

Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE –>

FEATURED ARTISTS

Mei-Ann Chen, ConductorJeffrey Zeigler, celloAttacca QuartetSandbox PercussionYvette Janine Jackson, electronicsMARK ADAMO: Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra (New York Premiere, Commissioned by ACO, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra)VIET CUONG: re(new)al for chamber orchestra and percussion quartet (New York Premiere)INTI FIGGIS-VIZUETA: Seven Sides of Fire (World premiere, ACO commission)YVETTE JANINE JACKSON: Hello, Tomorrow! (World premiere, ACO commission)Q&A Interviews with Composers with Garrett McQueen, ACO's Director of Artist Equity

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
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October
2022
11
6:00 pm

ACO’s 2022 Gala launches the inaugural year of ACO’s Creative Catalyst Award, which recognizes artists and leaders who exemplify its core values of discovery, diversity, disruption. 2022 Creative Catalyst Award Recipients are artist and SFJAZZ Board Chair Denise Young and composer and conductor John Adams.

READ MORE about the honorees and featured artists here.

Event Details6:00pm Cocktails7:00pm Dinner and Performance8:30pm After Party

Featured ArtistsMark Adamo, composerJohn Arida, pianistTimo Andres, composer & pianistGilbert Galindo, Composer & DJ-ProducerStephen Gosling, pianistAbby Harris, ACO student composerPaula Matthusen, composerTrevor New, violist & composerAlicia Olatuja, vocalistLeanna Primiani, composerHuang Ruo, composerOlivia Valentine, artistKaren Vuong, sopranoJeffrey Zeigler, cellistLEVELS OF SUPPORTVisionary $25,000

  • 8 VIP tickets to Dinner & Performance with Priority table placement, includes placement of two guest artists at your table
  • Inside Gala Journal Cover Ad (full color)
  • Recognition as an official sponsor of The Natural Order, ACO’s October 20, 2022 concert at Carnegie Hall
  • 8 VIP tickets to ACO’s The Natural Order, ACO’s October 20, 2022 concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception$23,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

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  • 8 VIP tickets to Dinner & Performance with Preferred table placement, includes placement of two guest artists at your table
  • Full page Gala Journal Ad (B&W)
  • Recognition as an official sponsor of The Natural Order, ACO’s October 20, 2022 concert at Carnegie Hall
  • 4 VIP tickets to ACO’s The Natural Order, ACO’s October 20, 2022 concert at Carnegie Hall, plus invite to exclusive post-show reception$8,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Maverick $5,000

  • 4 VIP tickets to Dinner & Performance with Select table placement, includes placement of one guest artist at your table
  • Listing in Gala Journal
  • Invitation to a special ACO insider event$4,000 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Muse $1,000

  • 1 VIP ticket to Dinner & Performance with Select seating
  • Listing in Gala Journal
  • Invitation to a special ACO insider event$750 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Explorer $600

  • 1 VIP ticket to Dinner & Performance
  • Listing in Gala Journal$350 of this purchase is tax-deductible

AFTER-PARTY ONLYDynamic Duo $250

  • 2 tickets to DJ After-Party with dessert, open bar and dancing
  • Listing in Gala Journal$80 of this purchase is tax-deductible

Reveler $150

  • 1 ticket to DJ After-Party with dessert, open bar and dancing
  • Listing in Gala Journal$65 of this purchase is tax-deductible

TRIBUTESIf you can’t attend, please consider making a donation in support of ACO, or placing a tribute in the program book:

  • Back Cover (color) 5” x 7 5/8” $1,500
  • Inside Covers (color) 5” x 7 5/8” $1,000
  • Full page (B&W): 5” x 7 5/8” $500
  • ½ page (B&W): 5” x 3 11/16” $300
  • ¼ page (B&W): 2 3/8” wide x 3 11/16” $175

QUESTIONS? Write to Lyndsay Werking at lyndsay@americancomposers.org

Bryant Park Grill
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October
2022
4
10:30 am

Hear in-progress works before their ACO premieres by four EarShot CoLABoratory Fellows including inti figgis-vizueta, Trevor New, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Mendi & Keith Obadike. The EarShot CoLABoratory Open Workshop features each artist collaborating with ACO musicians to workshop musical ideas and facilitate co-learning, and will engage in ACO’s artistic curation and educational and community-focused programming. Their resulting works will be premiered by ACO over the course of the season. Glenn Alexander II will conduct this CoLABoratory Workshop, and will also be the cover conductor for ACO’s October 20 concert at Carnegie Hall. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

EarShot CoLABoratory Fellowships advance the work of composers whose work is experimental or rooted in musical traditions underrepresented in orchestral repertoire. The program addresses systemic barriers within orchestral commissioning, providing a gateway to the field and a generative environment for composers from diverse musical backgrounds to create definition-expanding work for orchestra.Read more about ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory program here.

DiMenna Center for Classical Music
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June
2022
17
7:30 pm

ACO holds its 30th EarShot New Music Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) in June 2022 in New York City, conducted by George Manahan.

Experience the full read through of works by seven composers including Adeliia Faizullina, Patrick Holcomb, Tommy Dougherty, Will Stackpole, Yuting Tan, Elijah Smith, Yuqin (“Strucky”) Yi. Read More about the selected composers, click here.

Led by conductor George Manahan, the room crackles with energy in anticipation of the expert music-making of ACO as they bring these emerging composers music to life. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new work to be performed by ACO in a future season.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. Capacity is limited.Live Stream Registration is also available. Cost is free.Photo credit: Alfred Kan

DiMenna Center for Classical Music
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June
2022
16
9:30 am

ACO holds its 30th EarShot New Music Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) in June 2022 in New York City, conducted by George Manahan.

In this initial reading session, hear the works of today’s emerging composers in an open rehearsal with American Composers Orchestra members and artistic staff. You will get an immersive view into what happens when an ensemble sits down to read a new work for the first time. Conductor George Manahan, Artistic Director Derek Bermel, and composer mentors Jonathan Bailey Holland and Jessie Montgomery will be on hand to facilitate the process and navigate the ins and outs of the first reading with ACO. Participants include Adeliia Faizullina, Patrick Holcomb, Tommy Dougherty, Will Stackpole, Yuting Tan, Elijah Smith, and Yuqin (“Strucky”) Yi.

Read More about the selected composers, click here.

The rehearsal is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Capacity is limited.

DiMenna Center for Classical Music
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May
2022
17
12:00 pm

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. From May 17-21, 2022, Tucson Symphony will host.Conductor José Luis Gomez leads the readings with mentor composers Billy Childs, Michael Torke, and Melinda Wagner.Participating composers include Chelsea Komschlies, Nathan Nokes, Xavier Muzik, and Steven Sérpa.READ MORE about participating composers, click here.EarShot is a program of American Composers Orchestra completed in partnership with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA.

Tucson Symphony
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May
2022
7
8:00 pm

The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on Saturday,May 7, 2022 at the Apollo Theater is a sonic quest rooted in the African and African-American ritual of the Ring Shout, co-presented by American Composers Orchestra and the Apollo Theater, co-curated with National Black Theatre in partnershipwith Gateways Music Festival and Harlem Chamber Players.The Gathering is a sonic quest rooted in the African and African American ritual of the Ring Shout, directed by National Black Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director Jonathan McCrory and conducted by Chelsea Tipton with choirmaster Gregory Hopkins. A Shout, or Ring Shout, is an ecstatic, transcendent religious ritual, first practiced by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and in the United States, in which worshipers move in a circle while shuffling, stomping, and clapping.Woven together through a diverse array of multidisciplinary artists featuring new musical works for orchestra and choir, this evening-length event, anchored by a 70-member orchestra and 60-voice choir composed of singers, professional and amateur, from multiple African American churches and choral ensembles in New York, brings the ancestral tradition of the Ring Shout into a contemporary context, opening a space to collectively grieve, to awaken joy as a source of liberation, and to find love as a form of resistance. The evening includes the New York premiere of Seven Last Words of the Unarmed by Joel Thompson, Carlos Simon’s Amen!, and Courtney Bryan’s Sanctum. These works are in conversation with a new commission by Tony Award-winner Jason Michael Webb, world premieres of new arrangements by Toshi Reagon and Nona Hendryx, plus Say Her Name sung by Abby Dobson. Please join us for an evening created to honor our present needs for a collective space of remembrance.The Gathering collaboration includes an array of powerful community engagement activities leading up to the performance, with the intent of creating space for hope, healing, and the collective exhale. For a full list of those activities, click here.All audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Learn more here.The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout is generously supported by Art for Justice, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Linda and Stuart Nelson, Anonymous, JP Morgan Chase, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.Steinway is the official piano sponsor of The Gathering.

Apollo Theater
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May
2022
5
6:30 pm

For centuries, Black artists have used music as a form of protest and to bring people together to fight for freedom. For this Live Wire event, Apollo Fellow and arts curator Justice Robinson explores political performance from the 19th century to the present day and the systems within which Black entertainment exists.The Apollo’s Live Wire series was created to spark deeper insight and consideration of the contribution of Black arts and culture to the broader American canon. These electrifying events feature discussion with unpredictable and impromptu performative elements that shed new light on the timely topics of today. This program will be taking place on the Apollo’s Soundstage.To learn more about The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on May 7, 2022, click here. For a full listing of community events, click here.

Soundstage at the Apollo
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April
2022
24
3:00 pm

The Apollo, ACO, and the National Black Theatre present Resistance and Healing: Engaging The Ring Shout. First practiced by enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and in the United States, a Shout (or Ring Shout) is an ecstatic, transcendent religious ritual in which worshipers move in a circle while stomping, shuffling, and clapping to open a space to collectively grieve, awaken joy as a source of liberation, and find love as a form of resistance. A panel of experts, thought leaders, and the creative team for TheGathering explore the historic origins and significance of the Ring Shout, and will then lead audiences through a communal ring shout.Tickets & Information: https://bit.ly/ACOApolloResistanceHealing. (Free with RSVP)To learn more about The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on May 7, 2022, click here. For a full listing of community events, click here.

Apollo Theater
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April
2022
20
9:30 am

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. From April 18-20, 2022, Oregon Symphony will host.Conductor Raúl Gómez-Rojas leads the readings with mentor composers Andy Akiho, Kenji Bunch, and Andreia Pinto-Correia.Participating composers include Andrea Chamizo Alberro, Nicolas Chuaqui, Horacio Fernández Vázquez, and Marisol Gentile.READ MORE about participating composers, click here.EarShot is a program of American Composers Orchestra completed in partnership with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA.

Oregon Symphony
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April
2022
6
5:00 pm

Arts consultant Joseph H. Kluger, ACO President Melissa Ngan, and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Elena Dubinets present the basics of orchestra unions and answer attendee questions about common aspects of the union relating to orchestral composers.Joseph H. Kluger, a Principal of WolfBrown, has over 30 years of experience as an arts and culture executive and consultant in strategic planning, organizational collaboration, facilities development, governance, executive coaching, executive compensation and succession planning projects for nonprofit museums, theaters, opera companies, symphony orchestras, performing arts centers, and arts education institutions.A high-profile artistic leader and music scholar, Elena Dubinets was appointed Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from September 2021, having previously held top artistic planning positions at the Atlanta and Seattle symphony orchestras. In 2018 she was named one of Musical America’s Professionals of the Year. Serving the wider music community, she has held appointments on the Recording Academy Board of Directors and as Chair of the City of Seattle Music Commission.Attendance is free but registration is required. REGISTER NOW.

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March
2022
29
12:00 pm

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. From March 29-30, 2022, Houston Symphony will host.

Conductor Yue Bao leads readings with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Jimmy López Bellido, Gabriela Ortiz. Selected participant composers include José Martínez, Marina López, Marco-Adrián Ramos, and Diana M. Rodriguez.

Read more about the participant composers, click here.EarShot is a program of American Composers Orchestra completed in partnership with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA.

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March
2022
25
7:30 pm

ACO returns to Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall for Sanctuary, a concert that explores the places, company, and states of mind in which composers seek inviolable refuge, led by conductor Marin Alsop and featuring violin soloist Jennifer Koh. The program includes the New York premiere of Lisa Bielawa’s Sanctuary, a concerto written for Koh. Bielawa’s Sanctuary is an extraordinary historical research project around this powerful word, documenting the rhetoric around founding American principles and every important struggle along the way. Anna Clyne’s Restless Oceans from 2018 is inspired by a poem by Audre Lorde; the musicians raise their voices in song and use their feet to stand united in a defiant work that embraces the power of women. Hannah Kendall’s alternately buoyant and serene Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama takes its title from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic collection of diagrammatic block pieces. With a nod to the traditional African American spiritual “Wade in the Water,” the work conjures both the majesty and elegance highlighted by the artist as well as Kendall’s own reflective take on the history of globalization and multiculturalism ushered in by the Portuguese explorer. Newly commissioned works by Dai Wei and Paula Matthusen complete this rich musical odyssey.Read more about Composers & their Works. CLICK HERE -->DIGITAL PREVIEW ON MARCH 22, 2022 at 3:00p ETCatch a behind-the-scenes look on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 3:00p ET during our Digital Preview with ACO's Artistic Director Derek Bermel and guest conductor Marin Alsop. They will discuss the programming and themes of the concert, and introduce featured composers Hannah Kendall, Paula Matthusen, and Lisa Bielawa to discuss their works and share recordings. Attendance is free via Facebook Livestream and Zoom webinar. To receive reminders and a direct link, register now.All audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Learn more here.

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
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March
2022
23
3:00 pm

Composer Aaron Jay Kernis presents the basics of etiquette as a composer working with an orchestra, discusses the general form of rehearsals with orchestras, and answers questions from the attendees.Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-Award winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis draws artistic inspiration from a vast and often surprising palette of sources, among them the limitless color spectrum and immense emotional tangle of the orchestra, cantorial music in its beauty and dark intensity, the roiling drama of world events, and the energy and drive of jazz and popular music. All are woven into the tapestry of a musical language of rich lyric splendor, vivid poetic imagery, and fierce instrumental brilliance, and he has been praised for his “fearless originality [and] powerful voice” (The New York Times).Attendance is free, but advanced registration is required. REGISTER NOW.

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March
2022
16
3:00 pm

​ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel leads a session on orchestration, exploring Steven Gerber’s article “Tricks of the Trade”

ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel explores the basics of orchestration through the lens of composer Steven R. Gerber’s NewMusicBox article “Orchestration: Composers Reveal Tricks of the Trade.” Useful for composers new and old to orchestration, Bermel explores the staples of orchestration with various score examples.Twice Grammy-nominated composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has become recognized as a dynamic and unconventional curator of concert series, via ACO’s concert season, SONiC Festival, Earshot Readings, and Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute. His honors include the Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, Herb Alpert Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Attendance is free but registration is required. REGISTER NOW.

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March
2022
9
3:00 pm

ACO President Melissa Ngan, entertainment attorney Ari Solotoff, and Director of Artistic Planning and Operations for the Richmond Symphony Jennifer Arnold answer questions regarding commissioning and consortia contracts for orchestral composers.Trained as a classical musician, Ari Solotoff is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Solotoff Law Group, PLLC, where he focuses his law practice on serving clients in entertainment and intellectual property law, as well as related areas of business and nonprofit law practice. He represents leading musicians, composers, artists, literary authors, and other creative entrepreneurs from Portland, Maine, one of New England’s hottest destinations for music, creativity, and the arts.Jennifer Arnold is a native of North Royalton, Ohio. She was a violist in the Oregon Symphony for fifteen years. She holds a large teaching studio in Portland, OR, is former State Chapter President of the American String Teachers Association, and is a faculty member at the Sphinx Performance Academy. Arnold was the first Sphinx Diversity Fellow for the Sphinx Organization. She is Director of Artistic Planning and Operations for the Richmond Symphony.Attendance is free but registration is required. REGISTER NOW.

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March
2022
8
7:00 pm

In-person tickets are currently SOLD OUT; please join us via livestream at this link.

The Apollo, CUNY School of Medicine, ACO, and National Black Theatre present Healing, Liberation and Joy: Mental Health and the Arts. Thought leaders and creatives will encourage community healing through honest conversations about trauma, its effects, and how to transmute those feelings into opportunities for introspection, creation, and celebration. Joy Williams, creator, host and producer of the Sunday Civics radio show and podcast, will co-host the event which will include artistic rituals for healing, music from Charisa the ViolinDiva and The Harlem Connection radio show Conductors; visual art from photographer and filmmaker Peter Cooper; “America’s Psychologist,” Dr. Jeff Gardere; licensed psychologist Dr. Shaakira Haywood Stewart, and interfaith minister and spiritual life coach Reverend Melissa Moorer-Nobles.

To submit questions to the panelists in advance, please use this link.

To learn more about The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on May 7, 2022, click here.

For a full listing of community events, click here.

Apollo Soundstage
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March
2022
2
3:00 pm

Soprano and philanthropy expert Yolanda F. Johnson joins ACO President Melissa Ngan to give advice and tactics to bolster fundraising for small-to-medium ensembles.Yolanda F. Johnson has had an outstanding career as a performing artist and philanthropist; as a composer, as an educator, and as a supporter of the arts and women’s equity. In addition to her life as an artist, she is also a current International Advisory Board member of and the former Representative for the Foundation for Post-Conflict Development to the United Nations, a member of the board of directors of the Hudson River Museum, Special Advisor to the American Composers Orchestra, board of directors of PowHer NY, board of directors of the Lehman College Art Gallery and is the first African American President of Women In Development, New York. Johnson is also the Founder and President of YFJ Consulting, LLC and Founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC)® and Allies in Action Membership Network™.

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February
2022
23
3:00 pm

Composer Dan Visconti joins ACO President Melissa Ngan to cover the nuts-and-bolts of the self-employed composer's back office, ranging from the best equipment and paper to use to best practices for maximizing passive income through sales and rentals.Composer Dan Visconti is updating the role of the classical musician for the 21st century as he creates new projects in collaboration with the community. For his ongoing initiatives to address social issues through music by reimagining the arts as a form of cultural and civic service, Visconti was awarded a 2014 TED Fellowship and delivered a TED talk at the conference’s thirtieth anniversary.

​Attendance is free, but registration is required. Register Now.

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February
2022
18
5:00 pm

Sound artists and composers Mendi + Keith Obadike engage in a virtual conversation on their musical satellite RingShout, screen a companion video work, and discuss their music, art, and literature collaborations.

Presented by the National Black Theatre, Apollo Theater, and American Composers Orchestra as part of the Carnegie Hall Afrofuturism Festival.

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February
2022
9
3:00 pm

ACO President Melissa Ngan joins New Music Gathering organizers Lainie Fefferman and Mary Kouyoumdjian to discuss the impact of collaboration and how music-makers can cultivate and nurture meaningful relationships with fellow artists.Melissa Ngan cultivates personal and organizational growth through creative acts and collaborative practices. She has over fifteen years of experience in civic practice-based program design; arts administration; diversity, equity, and inclusion practices; professional development and entrepreneurship in the arts; and as a professional flutist. Composer Lainie Fefferman’s most recent commissions have been from Tenth Intervention, So Percussion, Make Music NY, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. Fefferman is the founder and co-director of Exapno, a New Music Community Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Mary Kouyoumdjian is a composer with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic palette that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new.

​Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Register Now: https://bit.ly/ACOProfDevCreativeRelationships

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February
2022
3
7:00 pm

There is a rich tradition of Black composers, conductors, and musicians in classical music, from William Grant Still, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman.The Apollo, WQXR and ACO present Deep River: Black Currents in Classical Music, broadcast live from New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space. Howard Watkins, renowned pianist and assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, curates a recital delving into the rich repertoire by Black American composers, featuring internationally acclaimed soprano Karen Slack and baritone Kenneth Overton. Following the performance, WNYC host Jami Floyd will lead a panel discussion with the performers and composer Carlos Simon, about the over 100-year tradition of Blacks as creators, conductors, and patrons of classical music.ProgramWilliam Grant Still (1895-1978) | Weeping AngelMr. OvertonWilliam Grant Still | Selections from Songs of Separation: --Idolatry--If I Should Go--Black PierrotMs. SlackMargaret Bonds (1913-1972) | Dream Variation from Three Dream PortraitsFlorence Price (1887-1953) | To My Little SonH. Leslie Adams (b.1932) | Love ResponseMr. OvertonTerence Blanchard (b.1962) | “Far Away Long Ago” from ChampionMs. SlackAdolphus Hailstork (b.1941) | My Heart to Thy HeartMr. OvertonUndine Smith Moore (1904-1989) | I Want to Die While You Love MeCarlos Simon (b.1965) | PrayerMs. SlackCarlos Simon Dead FiresMr. OvertonZenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) | De Angels Done Bowed DownMs. Slackarr Timothy Amukele (b.1976) Stand the StormMr. Overtonarr Margaret Bonds You Can Tell the WorldMs. SlackTo learn more about The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on May 7, 2022, click here. For a full listing of community events, click here.

Digital Broadcast
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January
2022
17
11:00 am

Out of an abundance of caution for our guests, performers & audience during the current COVID-19 surge, the in-person Uptown Hall event on 1/9 has been canceled. Please join us for the virtual broadcast on the Apollo Digital Stage Mon. 1/17 airing at 11am and 7pm ET. For more information, click here.The Apollo and WNYC present Uptown Hall: MLK – Activism, Athletics, and the Arts, which will include in a preview performance from Joel Thompson’s Seven Last Words of the Unarmed performed by The Gathering Quartet (Maria Antoinette Freeman, soprano; Tanya Tatum, alto; Ronald Smith, tenor; Victor Chapman, baritone) led from the piano by music director Gregory Hopkins, among many other performances and panel discussions with esteemed guests. The event will be broadcast online on the Apollo Digital Stage beginning on January 17.To learn more about The Gathering: A Collective Sonic Ring Shout on May 7, 2022, click here. For a full listing of community events, click here.

Apollo Theater
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October
2021
23
2:15 pm

We usually try to ignore latency (the delay between live sound and transmitted sound) in virtual concerts...but what if it's an integral part of the music?

Join American Composers Orchestra and Groupmuse Foundation for a hybrid in-person and virtual concert featuring works by two composers who experiment with latency and technology in their music, and three interactive works through which we welcome one another into a collective landscape in which all sounds become music.Ray Lustig's Latency Canons calls for multiple string quartets and an orchestra to perform together while spread out across the world. Trevor New uses technology to manipulate latency for remote musicians in his newly commissioned work, Cohere. Pauline Oliveros' Environmental Dialogue invites us to hear and respond to sounds both within our own space and in those shared by participants near and far. All Possible Music by Chris Kallmyer is a collection of speculative scores that describe all of the music that could ever happen. A symphonious, surround-sound performance, Polyphonic Interlace by Raquel Acevedo Klein invites participants to travel amidst a sea of voices, emerging from several directions, as attendees are invited to play the piece's musical tracks from their smartphones.Audiences and performers alike will be dispersed and networked together in real time – American Composers Orchestra will perform at the DiMenna Center conducted by Peter Askim, the Bergamot Quartet will perform at the Murray Hill Groupmuse location, Ligeti Quartet and Alexandra Quartet from the United Kingdom, and seven soloists will participate from locations around the world, including:

  1. Diego Tejedor, violin | Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Bernd Keul, bass | Berlin, Germany
  3. Raymond Seng’enge, violin | Tanzania
  4. Gaurab Chatterjee, hand percussion | India
  5. Jocelyn Clark, Gayageum | Korea
  6. Patti Kilroy, violin | Los Angeles, California
  7. Trevor New, viola | New York, New York

ACO welcomes audience members to choose to experience this performance at a public gathering space, as an intimate concert in a private home, or as a fully digital event. $5 reservation ($20 suggested donation)

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Streaming link provided 24 hours before event.Doors open at 2:00pm. Music will begin promptly at 2:15pm.This concert is co-presented by ACO and Groupmuse FoundationAbout the PartnersGroupmuse is an online platform that has connected musicians to audiences since 2013 in living rooms, outdoor backyards, and other untraditional concert spaces. Groupmuse is a worker-owned cooperative and has presented more than 700 online concerts in support of musicians impacted by COVID-19. groupmuse.comThe Groupmuse Foundation is a parallel nonprofit dedicated to expanding classical music to be more inclusive and vibrant by empowering musicians through financial, technological, and career support. groupmuse.orgAll audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. We have capped attendance at 50% seating capacity at DiMenna Center's Cary Hall, and have arranged for a flexible, distanced seating arrangement. Learn more here.

A Hybrid Virtual & In-Person Performance
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October
2021
1
7:00 pm

ACO's Compose Yourself classes help young composers develop their creativity and learn professional standards in a supportive, hands-on environment; the program has a strong record of preparing students for the rigors of college and beyond. Five college students who have been part of Compose Yourself classes over several years will present original works at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.Featured Composers:Che BufordAustin CelestinMarisol EstrellaCooper MyersJonah MurphyTherese RubiFeatured Musicians:Jonah Murphy, fluteAaron Haettenschwiller, oboeAlexander Parlee, clarinetsAlexander Davis, bassoonCameron West, french hornWayne Dumaine, trumpetBen Herrington, tromboneJohn Ferrari, percussionChing-Chia Lin, pianoLeah Asher and Mia Smith, violinsLev Zhurbin, violaTyler J Borden, celloEvan Runyon, double bassAll audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. Learn more here.

DiMenna Center , Benzaquen Hall
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September
2021
28
7:00 pm

Friends and Family is a chamber concert that features ACO musicians performing works by a broad array of composers, many of whom are near and dear to the orchestra.PROGRAMSTEVEN GERBER: Five Greek Folksongs (after Ravel)AUGUSTA GROSS: Towards NightALVIN SINGLETON: Argoru VIIIKAREN LEFRAK: Daybreak; WhenMELINDA WAGNER: Unsung ChordataEDWARD THOMAS: ReflectionsJONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: MobiusROBERT BEASER: SouvenirsAll audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. We have capped attendance at 50% seating capacity at Cary Hall, and have arranged for a flexible, distanced seating arrangement. Learn more here.

DiMenna Center for Classical Music
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August
2021
31
4:00 pm

ACO's Compose Yourself classes help young composers develop their creativity and learn professional standards in a supportive, hands-on environment; the program has a strong record of preparing students for the rigors of college and beyond. Ten high school composers who are participating in the Compose Yourself Summer Intensive Readings, focused on traditional and non-traditional ways of scoring music, will have their original works read on August 31, 2021 at 4pm at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. A limited number of in-person tickets are available, as well as the option to stream the readings live.

DiMenna Center , Benzaquen Hall
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July
2021
7
3:00 pm

Central to its values of diversity, disruption, and discovery, American Composers Orchestra partners each year with orchestras nationwide through its EarShot program (formerly the New Music Readings), which has identified and championed some of the most important rising compositional voices in the orchestral field since its founding in 1991.

To deepen the creative community around this work, the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program), an initiative of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with ACO, has commissioned three EarShot alumni each year to write a new orchestral work that is premiered by participating orchestras across the country.

Whether you are looking to discover composers new to you for your orchestra's programming, or simply share the boundless curiosity that comes with the discovery of new work, this series highlights four composers on each panel on June 23 and July 7, whose pieces have been recently premiered, or will soon premiere, as part of the program. Get to know each artist, hear recordings of their music, and catch an inside look into the relationships they've built with the orchestras that will premiere their works.

Featured composers, works, orchestras, and moderators are included below.

July 7, 2021 ModeratorsMelissa Ngan, President & CEO, American Composers OrchestraMeghan Martineau, Vice President, Artistic Planning, Los Angeles Philharmonic

Composers, Works & Partner Orchestras Julia Adolphe, Underneath the Sheen, New York PhilharmonicCindy Cox, Transfigurations of Grief, Saint Paul Chamber OrchestraStacy Garrop, The Battle for the Ballot, St. Louis Symphony OrchestraNiloufar Iravani, The Seven Valleys, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

The Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program) has created partnerships between composers and orchestras since 2014, and is embedded in EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. All Toulmin Commission winners were participants of past EarShot readings. The Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program is an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Online Video Stream
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June
2021
24
6:00 pm

ACO's Artistic Director Derek Bermel hosts an hour-long listening party of live archival recordings made from ACO performances in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium from 1985-2012, with special guests John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Anthony Davis, Hannibal Lokumbe, Eugene Moye, and Melinda Wagner. Registrants will listen to previously unheard audio recordings of the following works:David Diamond'sSymphony No. 9. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein (November 17, 1985)Hannibal Lokumbe's African Portraits. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (October 11, 1990)Earl Kim's Violin Concerto with soloist Itzhak Perlman. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (February 10, 1991)Melinda Wagner's Falling Angels. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (October 29, 1995)Derek Bermel's Voices with Bermel on Clarinet. Conducted by Tan Dun (May 24, 1998)Laurie Anderson's Songs for A E. Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, ACO Co-Founder & Conductor Laureate (February 27, 2000)Frank Zappa's The Adventures of Greg Peccary. Conducted by Steven Sloane (March 2, 2003)Anthony Davis’Wayang V. Conducted by Steven Sloane (April 28, 2004)John Adams' My Father Knew Charles Ives Conducted by John Adams (April 27, 2007)Philip Glass' Symphony No. 9. Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, ACO Co-Founder & Conductor Laureate (January 31, 2012)Following the event, full recordings will be made available to donors who give $250+ to this event. Recording links will be password-protected, hosted online, and available for on-demand streaming through August 31, 2021.Don’t miss this chance to hear previously unavailable recordings with commentary and history provided by Derek Bermel, and a chance to support ACO's work in the coming season.

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June
2021
24
6:00 pm

ACO's Artistic Director Derek Bermel hosts an hour-long listening party of live archival recordings made from ACO performances in Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium from 1985-2012, with special guests John Adams, Laurie Anderson, Anthony Davis, Hannibal Lokumbe, Eugene Moye, and Melinda Wagner. Registrants will listen to previously unheard audio recordings of the following works:David Diamond'sSymphony No. 9. Conducted by Leonard Bernstein (November 17, 1985)Hannibal Lokumbe's African Portraits. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (October 11, 1990)Earl Kim's Violin Concerto with soloist Itzhak Perlman. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (February 10, 1991)Melinda Wagner's Falling Angels. Conducted by Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO Co-Founder. (October 29, 1995)Derek Bermel's Voices with Bermel on Clarinet. Conducted by Tan Dun (May 24, 1998)Laurie Anderson's Songs for A E. Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, ACO Co-Founder & Conductor Laureate (February 27, 2000)Frank Zappa's The Adventures of Greg Peccary. Conducted by Steven Sloane (March 2, 2003)Anthony Davis’Wayang V. Conducted by Steven Sloane (April 28, 2004)John Adams' My Father Knew Charles Ives Conducted by John Adams (April 27, 2007)Philip Glass' Symphony No. 9. Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, ACO Co-Founder & Conductor Laureate (January 31, 2012)Following the event, full recordings will be made available to donors who give $250+ to this event. Recording links will be password-protected, hosted online, and available for on-demand streaming through August 31, 2021.Don’t miss this chance to hear previously unavailable recordings with commentary and history provided by Derek Bermel, and a chance to support ACO's work in the coming season.

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June
2021
23
3:00 pm

Central to its values of diversity, disruption, and discovery, American Composers Orchestra partners each year with orchestras nationwide through its EarShot program (formerly the New Music Readings), which has identified and championed some of the most important rising compositional voices in the orchestral field since its founding in 1991.

To deepen the creative community around this work, the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program), an initiative of the League of American Orchestras in partnership with ACO, has commissioned three EarShot alumni each year to write a new orchestral work that is premiered by participating orchestras across the country.

Whether you are looking to discover composers new to you for your orchestra's programming, or simply share the boundless curiosity that comes with the discovery of new work, this series highlights four composers on each panel on June 23 and July 7, whose pieces have been recently premiered, or will soon premiere, as part of the program. Get to know each artist, hear recordings of their music, and catch an inside look into the relationships they've built with the orchestras that will premiere their works.

Featured composers, works, orchestras, and moderators are included below.

June 23, 2021ModeratorsMelissa Ngan, President & CEO, American Composers OrchestraAlecia Lawyer, Founder, Artistic Director & Principal Oboe, ROCO

Composers, Works & Partner OrchestrasLeanna Primiani, 1001, ROCOHilary Purrington, Harp of Nerves, Philadelphia OrchestraAndrea Reinkemeyer, Water Sings Fire, Louisiana Philharmonic OrchestraWang Jie, Symphony No. 1, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

The Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program (formerly the Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program) has created partnerships between composers and orchestras since 2014, and is embedded in EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra in collaboration with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. All Toulmin Commission winners were participants of past EarShot readings. The Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program is an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Online Video Stream
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June
2021
16
3:00 pm

Established film composers talk about the film industry and the essentials of being a film composer. ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel moderates a panel of experts. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Terence Blanchard, composer and trumpeterKathryn Bostic, composerLaura Karpman, composerRachel Portman, composerIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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June
2021
10
6:00 pm

Join ACO for an hour-long interactive event, led by ACO-commissioned composer Lisa Bielawa, that celebrates and unlocks the creativity and curiosity that lives in each of us. Do you delight in making things up? Are you ready to explore how to spark new vitality in your life through your natural creativity? This event is for you! Please join us for a unique opportunity to energize your imagination through prompts, Surrealist games and interactive idea-making, while supporting ACO’s Sonic Spark education programs.

Lisa Bielawa is known for her participatory works including Broadcast from Home, Voters’ Broadcast and her current project, BFH Radio - Broadcast from Here. Described by The Washington Post as “spellbinding,” Broadcast from Home was realized online throughout the period of the coronavirus lockdown, featuring over 500 submitted testimonies and recorded voices from six continents. Voters’ Broadcast’s mission was to stimulate voter engagement, political awareness, and community participation in challenging lockdown conditions, through the act of giving voice to the concerns of fellow citizens, during the lead-up to the 2020 Presidential election. Bielawa is currently at work on BFH Radio, a continuous and evolving soundscape incorporating words, voices, and found audio from participants all over the world which gathers the sounds of people’s first experiments with narrowing social distance or re-engaging with formerly familiar activities, as well as their encounters with new lockdowns or new challenges, and weaves these together with musical materials.

Don’t miss this chance to create, experiment, and play with Lisa, ACO’s artistic director Derek Bermel, and the ACO community.

Photo: Lisa Bielawa's movement map for her composition Crissy Broadcast, courtesy of Bielawa

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May
2021
26
5:00 pm

The Composer to Composer series features major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life. The intergenerational discussions will begin by exploring a single work with one composer interviewing the other. Attendees will gain insight to each work’s genesis, sound, influence on the American orchestral canon, and be invited to ask questions of the artists. Events will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days following the live event. The conversation will be hosted by ACO's Artistic Director, Derek Bermel.On May 26, Jonathan Bailey Holland talks with Alvin Singleton about his work BluesKonzert, a triple commission from 1995 by the Detroit, Houston and Kansas City symphony orchestras. Of the piece, Michael Fleming writes in the program note, "Vernacular and classical traditions have often cross-pollinated in American music, both in performance and composition. A case in point is BluesKonzert, which mixes musical bloodlines as neatly as its title does language. Konzert is a German term that can mean either 'concert,' as in a musical program, or 'concerto,' as in a work for solo instrument and orchestra. Singleton, who trained in both classical music and jazz, is perfectly positioned to exploit such ambiguities and crossovers."

Photo of Alvin Singleton by Jo Eldredge MorrisseyPhoto of Jonathan Bailey Holland by Robert Torres

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May
2021
19
3:00 pm

How does traditional programming change when it’s focused online? Where is classical music headed in the digital age? American Composers Orchestra CEO and President Melissa Ngan moderates a panel of experts, followed by a Q&A with the audience.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Keith Obadike, maker of music, art, and literatureMendi Obadike, maker of music, art, and literaturePaola Prestini, composer, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of National SawdustKamala Sankaram, composer, performerIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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May
2021
5
5:00 pm

Orchestral conductors Marin Alsop&George Manahan provide insight into the conductor-composer relationship, programming new works, and other topics relevant to composers, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Hosted by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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April
2021
28
5:00 pm

The Composer to Composer series features major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life. The intergenerational discussions, moderated by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, begin by exploring a single work with one composer interviewing the other. Attendees will gain insight to each work’s genesis, sound, influence on the American orchestral canon, and be invited to ask questions of the artists. Events will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days following the live event.On April 28, Angélica Negrón talks with Tania León about León's work Carabalí for orchestra, from 1991. James Melo writes in the note for the piece, “The title Carabalí refers to a people of West Africa who rebelled against slavery, and whose saga continued through the cimarrones in the Caribbean region. The quiet and introspective character of much of the piece belies something that stirs much more deeply below the surface in preparation for the final outburst, a carnavalesque frenzy that seems to release all the energy accumulated in the previous sections. The trumpets’ calls at the end acquire a heroic and defiant urgency.”Tania León (b. Havana, Cuba) is highly regarded as a composer, conductor, educator and advisor to arts organizations. Recent commissions include works for New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Grossman Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, and pianist Ursula Oppens with Cassatt String Quartet. Appearances as guest conductor include Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Gewandhausorchester, Orquesta Sinfonica de Guanajuato, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuba. Upcoming premieres feature commissions for the NewMusic USA Amplifying Voices Program, The Musical Fund Society in Philadelphia to celebrate their 200th anniversary, and for The Crossing chamber choir with Claire Chase, flutist, among others. A founding member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, León instituted the Brooklyn Philharmonic Community Concert Series, co-founded American Composers Orchestra’s Sonidos de las Américas Festivals, was New Music Advisor to the New York Philharmonic, and is the founder/Artistic Director of the nonprofit and festival Composers Now. Her honors include the New York Governor’s Lifetime Achievement, awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the ASCAP Victor Herbert Award, among others. She also received a proclamation for Composers Now by New York City Mayor, and the MadWoman Festival Award in Music (Spain). León has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Colgate University, Oberlin and SUNY Purchase College, and served as U.S. Artistic Ambassador of American Culture in Madrid, Spain. A CUNY Professor Emerita, she was awarded a 2018 United States Artists Fellowship.Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys, and electronics as well as for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choir, and film. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise.” Negrón has been commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, loadbang, MATA Festival, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sō Percussion, American Composers Orchestra, and the New York Botanical Garden, among others. She has composed numerous film scores, including Landfall (2020) and Memories of a Penitent Heart (2016), in collaboration with filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo. Upcoming premieres include works for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, LA Philharmonic and NY Philharmonic Project 19 initiative.

Photo of Tania León by Michael ProvostPhoto of Angélica Negrón by Catalina Kulczar

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April
2021
21
1:00 pm

Chris Campbell, Director of Recordings at Innova Recordings, leads a panel covering the basics of recording law and licensing. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Meerenai Shim, flutist, artist, record producer, music educator, movement coachAri Solotoff, Esq., entertainment lawyer / Founder & Managing Attorney, Solotoff Law Group, PLLCIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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April
2021
20
7:30 pm

Violinist Jennifer Koh’s ongoing exploration of “The New American Concerto” provides the impetus for works by Christopher Cerrone and Lisa Bielawa. Koh’s initiative encourages composers to engage with the issues of the day and respond to them with a violin concerto. Cerrone’s “Breaks and Breaks” features intense dialogues between solo violin and orchestra as they comment on current affairs. Bielawa’s work meditates on the word sanctuary and its significance in the American consciousness. It’s also a deeply personal work with moving quotations of Chopin and Bach—music where Bielawa finds her own sanctuary.

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
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April
2021
8
6:30 pm

Be part of a new musical work: from the composer’s first creative spark to the premiere at Carnegie Hall. You support fees paid to the composer, printing, rehearsal and performance costs. We invite you to exclusive events to interact with the artists, like this discussion about with Lisa Bielawa about her extensive research when composing her piece, Sanctuary.“My task was simple: find instances of the use of 'sanctuary' in a broad range of American writings, in order to reach a greater understanding of its layered meaning within American consciousness. I undertook the historical research for the Sanctuary project at the American Antiquarian Society in MA, where I was the William Randolph Hearst Artist Fellow in July 2018. I explored broadsides, poetry, political tracts and speeches, novels and children’s literature – vernacular as well as statesmanlike works – discovering writings that capture the off-hand use of the word in different eras of American history.” -Lisa Bielawa

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April
2021
7
3:00 pm

Orchestral conductors Mei-Ann Chen and David Alan Miller provide insight into the conductor-composer relationship, programming new works, and other topics relevant to composers.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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March
2021
31
5:00 pm

The Composer to Composer series features major American composers in conversation with each other about their work and leading a creative life. The intergenerational discussions, moderated by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, begin by exploring a single work with one composer interviewing the other. Attendees will gain insight to each work’s genesis, sound, influence on the American orchestral canon, and be invited to ask questions of the artists. Events will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days following the live event.On March 31, Missy Mazzoli talks with Meredith Monk about her work WEAVE, from 2010, of which Monk writes, “I conceived of WEAVE for Two Voices, Chamber Orchestra and Chorus as a continuous, seamless form in which layers that are at first part of a texture are gradually revealed, take on their own life and then are modified by the next layer that appears. Each passage evolves from the preceding one . . . There is an organic build of momentum in each passage of WEAVE leading naturally to the next, as indicated by the marked tempi. The ebb and flow of the piece depend on the relationship of tempi from one passage to another and the balance between the solo voices, instruments and chorus.”Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, and creator of new opera and music-theater works. Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, she is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique.” Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented at major venues around the world. Over the last six decades Ms. Monk has been hailed as one of National Public Radio’s 50 Great Voices and “one of America’s coolest composers.” Her numerous awards and honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters from the Republic of France, induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and a National Medal of Arts. Most of her music can be heard on the ECM label, including the Grammy-nominated impermanence. Since the early 2000s, Monk has been creating vital new repertoire for orchestra, chamber ensembles, and solo instruments, with recent commissions from the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall where she held the 2014-15 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair in conjunction with her 50th Season of creating and performing. Currently Monk is developing Indra’s Net, the third part of a trilogy of music-theater works exploring our interdependent relationship with nature.Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out NY), Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera and many others. In 2018, she became the first woman to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera and was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Classical Composition. She is currently Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and from 2012-2015 was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia. Her 2018 opera Proving Up, a commentary on the American dream commissioned and premiered by Washington National Opera, was deemed “harrowing… a true opera for its time” by The Washington Post. Her 2016 opera Breaking the Waves was called “one of the best 21st-century American operas yet” by Opera News and had its European premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival. Upcoming commissions include works for Opera Philadelphia, the National Ballet of Canada and Norwegian National Opera. In 2016, with composer Ellen Reid and in partnership with the Kaufman Music Center she founded Luna Lab, a mentorship program for young female, nonbinary and gender non-conforming composers. Her works are published by G. Schirmer.

Photo of Meredith Monk by F. Scott SchaferPhoto of Missy Mazzoli by Caroline Tompkins

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March
2021
24
3:00 pm

A panel of experts converse about the role of race in orchestral culture, individual responsibility, and how racism manifests in the classical music industry. They will use Nebal Maysaud's article, "It's Time to Let Classical Music Die'" as a jumping off point. Pratichi Shah, President and CEO, Flourish Talent Management Solutions, moderates. A Q&A with the audience will follow.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Nebal Maysaud, composer and consultantMelissa Ngan, American Composers Orchestra CEO & PresidentDaniel Bernard Roumain, composer, violinist, educatorIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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March
2021
10
3:00 pm

How can composers help guide their own careers? What part does creating an ensemble play in that? Frank J. Oteri moderates a panel of innovative ensemble creators to explore topics of entrepreneurship and career advancement as a composer. Q&A with audience will follow.Co-presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Afa Dworkin, Sphinx OrganizationNadia Sirota, yMusicSugar Vendil, The Nouveau Classical ProjectIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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March
2021
4
6:30 pm

Be part of a new musical work: from the composer’s first creative spark to the premiere at Carnegie Hall. You support fees paid to the composer, printing, rehearsal and performance costs. We invite you to exclusive events to interact with the artists, like this discussion about Lisa Bielawa’s new work Sanctuary, written for violin and string orchestra featuring Jennifer Koh.

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March
2021
3
3:00 pm

What skills should a composer have in order to produce their own work? Topics include audio and video recording, project management, and producing recordings. John Glover moderates a panel of creators and producers. Q&A with audience will follow the panel discussion.Co-Presented by ACO and American Composers ForumPanelists:Habib Azar, Film and Stage DirectorJudith Sherman, Producer and Audio EngineerDu Yun, Composer, Performer, and AdvocatorIf you require an interpreter, closed-captioning, or any other accommodations to fully engage, please contact ACF’s Laura Krider within 48 hours of the webinar (lkrider@composersforum.org or 612.314.9228).

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