American Composers
October 17, 2022
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The Natural Order Spotlight: Everything you need to know!

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 on for exclusive composer interviews and conductor conversations!

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ACO’s Director of Artist Equity, Garrett McQueen, interviewed each featured composer of The Natural Order concert including Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta, and Yvette Janine Jackson. Two of those interviews also included guest soloists cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Victor Caccese of Sandbox Percussion. Please enjoy the video interviews we have linked below.

Q&A about NY Premiere of Mark Adamo's Last Year, written for cellist Jeffrey Zeigler

Q&A about world premiere of Yvette Janine Jackson's Hello, Tomorrow!, developed via ACO's EarShot CoLABoratory residency program.

Q&A about world premiere of inti figgis-vizueta's Seven Sides of Fire, developed via ACO's EarShot CoLABoratory residency program.

Q&A about the NY premiere of Viet Cuong's re(new)al, written for Sandbox Percussion.


As we prepare for The Natural Order we look back on this Conductor's Roundtable with orchestral conductors Mei-Ann Chen and David Alan Miller, moderated by Derek Bermel. In this conversation, Mei-Ann and David provide insight into the conductor-composer relationship, programming new works, and the role of the conductor in championing the work of composers.

Mei-Ann Chen will be conducting the works of Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta and Yvette Janine Jackson at The Natural Order.

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