Performances
& Events

September
2024
27
7:30 pm

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Jacksonville Symphony

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

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

Jacksonville Symphony
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September
2024
28
7:30 pm

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

Jacksonville Symphony

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

September 27–28, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

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

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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

In Chains of Time was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

October 19, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

In Chains of Time was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

October 26, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

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

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
29
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…

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

November 22, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Jacksonville Symphony
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December
2024
6
7:30 pm

December 6-7, 2024

American Composers Orchestra

Link: BAM | Journey LIVE

Austin Wintory, Composer & Conductor

Ode to Joy, Executive Producer

Journey LIVE

BAM teams up with composer/conductor Austin Wintory and the American Composers Orchestra to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score for Journey, “the most beautiful game of its time" (IGN).

In an alchemical collision of mediums, live musicians respond to the real-time actions of on-stage gamers as they explore the gorgeous universe within the hit video game. Never the same each time it is played, JourneyLIVE is an interactive parable, marking an unprecedented formal exploration in which live musicians respond to the actions of video game players as they traverse miles of sprawling desert, rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves, and howling winds.

December 6-7, 2024

American Composers Orchestra

LInk: BAM | Journey LIVE

Austin Wintory, Composer & Conductor

Ode to Joy, Executive Producer

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY
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December
2024
7
2:00 pm

December 6-7, 2024

American Composers Orchestra

Link: BAM | Journey LIVE

Austin Wintory, Composer & Conductor

Ode to Joy, Executive Producer

Journey LIVE

BAM teams up with composer/conductor Austin Wintory and the American Composers Orchestra to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score for Journey, “the most beautiful game of its time" (IGN).

In an alchemical collision of mediums, live musicians respond to the real-time actions of on-stage gamers as they explore the gorgeous universe within the hit video game. Never the same each time it is played, JourneyLIVE is an interactive parable, marking an unprecedented formal exploration in which live musicians respond to the actions of video game players as they traverse miles of sprawling desert, rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves, and howling winds.

December 6-7, 2024

American Composers Orchestra

LInk: BAM | Journey LIVE

Austin Wintory, Composer & Conductor

Ode to Joy, Executive Producer

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music | Brooklyn, NY
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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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

December 13, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

December 13–14, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Meilina Tsui, TBD (World Premiere)

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic

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

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic
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December
2024
14
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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

December 13–14, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Meilina Tsui, TBD (World Premiere)

Artis––Naples, Naples Philharmonic

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

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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

January 10–11, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Marina López, TBD (World Premiere)

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

DeVos Performance Hall
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January
2025
11
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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

January 10–11, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Marina López, TBD (World Premiere)

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

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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

February 1–2, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Chelsea Komschlies, TBD (World Premiere)

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

Catalina Foothills High School
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February
2025
2
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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

February 1–2, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Chelsea Komschlies, TBD (World Premiere)

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

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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

to make this mountain taller was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

February 22–23, 2025

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Sarah Gibson, to make this mountain taller

to make the mountain taller was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

February 22, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Brittany J. Green, TBD (World Premiere)

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

Seabrook Auditorium
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February
2025
23
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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

to make this mountain taller was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

February 22–23, 2025

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Sarah Gibson, to make this mountain taller

to make this mountain taller was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Idaho State Civic Symphony
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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/

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

April 6, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Angel Lam, Let there be a paradise…

Let there be a paradise... was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

May 17, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Karena Ingram, TBD (World Premiere)

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

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

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season,  10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

In Chains of Time was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

June 1, 2025

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Gity Razaz, Methuselah (In Chains of Time)

In Chains of Time was commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Berkeley Symphony
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June
2025
5
7:00 pm

June 5–6, 2025

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music | New York City, NY

Link TBA

Conductor TBA

Featured Artists and Works TBA

Mentor Composers TBA

June 5, 2025

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
2025
6
7:30 pm

June 5–6, 2025

EarShot Readings: American Composers Orchestra

Neidorff-Karpati Hall, Manhattan School of Music | New York City, NY

Conductor TBA

Featured Artists and Works TBA

Mentor Composers TBA

June 6, 2025

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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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/ 

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program for women composers 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.

The League and ACO have established two 30-orchestra consortiums, each supporting commissions by six women and nonbinary EarShot alumni. Each composer writes a 6–8 minute orchestral work and develops an educational or community-focused program presented in partnership with each orchestra. In the 2024-25 season, 10 composers have their works performed by 15 orchestras across the U.S.

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

July 7, 2024

Virginia B. Toulmin Commission Concert

Wang Lu, Surge

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

Aspen Music Festival and School, Klein Music Tent
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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

  1. Luke Dubois, video design

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
  • Invitation to a special ACO insider event

$750 of this purchase is tax-deductibleExplorer $600

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

$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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