Commission Club

ACO’s Commission Club

Invest in a new commission: from the composer’s first creative spark to the premiere at Carnegie Hall. Members support fees paid to the composer, printing, rehearsal and performance costs. Join now to get exclusive invitations to preview events with the composer, a sneak peek at the work in progress, and access to private rehearsals!

In the 2018-19 season, ACO’s Commission Club will support Pulitzer-Prize Winner Du Yun as she creates Where We Lost Our Shadows, which ACO will perform on April 11, 2019 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie HallA new multidisciplinary work for orchestra, film, and vocalists, Du Yun is composing Where We Lost Our Shadows in response to film captured by Ramallah-based Palestinian visual artist Khaled Jarrar, which documents the refugee crisis in Europe. The piece will be performed by ACO with singer Helga Davis, Pakistani Qawwali singer Ali Sethi, and percussionist Shayna Dunkelman.

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Commission Club Member, $500
Commission Club Young Professionals, $300 
(for Patrons 40 years and younger)

  • Enjoy insider’s access to the creative process with invitations for two people to two preview events with composer Du Yun
  • Observe the composer interacting with conductor George Manahan and ACO musicians with an invitation for two to attend a working rehearsal of the full score, prior to the premiere
  • A pair of tickets to the premiere performance on April 11, 2019 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall*
  • Your name on the dedication page of the printed score
  • A hand-signed copy of the score

(*Fair market value of two concert tickets is $50; tax-deductible portion of gifts are $250 and $450, respectively.)

2018-19 Commission Club Dates

Preview Event #1: Oct. 15, 2018 / 6:00-7:30pm at a Private Residence
Preview Event #2: Jan. 23, 2019 / 6:00-7:30pm at a Private Residence
Working Rehearsal: Apr. 10, 2019 / 2:00-5:30pm at DiMenna Center
New York Premiere Concert: Apr. 11, 2019 / 7:30pm at Zankel Hall

Composer Ethan Iverson (center) with Commission Club Members at the April 6, 2018 Premiere of his work “Concert to Scale” at Carnegie Hall.

“My husband and I received a commission membership to the ACO as a wedding gift, and it has proven among the most memorable experiences of 2018. While hearing Ethan’s new piece in Carnegie Hall was a treat, we found the salon leading up to the event – an intimate occasion in the homes of generous patrons – to be the most distinctive of our experiences with ACO. Hearing Ethan share reflections on the creative process in an informal setting made the final performance come alive in ways simply attending a performance at a concert hall never would. The personal and creative touches of the ACO team made us feel part of a community of artists, and tremendously proud to be contributing to the thriving cultural hub of New York.”

-Tiffany Franke (2018 Member)



Ethan Iverson (2017-18)