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! 

Headshot of Mark Adamo  

In the 2019-20 season, ACO’s Commission Club will support Mark Adamo as he creates Last Year, a new cello concerto for cello and string orchestra featuring Jeffrey Zeigler, which ACO will perform on April 2, 2020 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. The new work explores the idea of an apocalyptic Quattro Stagioni. Instead of the four seasons as depicted by Vivaldi, Adamo uses four extreme landscapes and brings the deeper-voiced cello as a bearer of this tale.

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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 Mark Adamo
  • 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 in 2020 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.)

2019-20 Commission Club Dates

Soiree at Steinway Hall
November 18, 2019 at 6:30PM

Soiree at Private Home
January 27, 2020 at 6:30PM

Working Rehearsal at the DiMenna Center
March 31, 2020 at 4:00PM

World Premiere Concert at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall
April 2, 2020 at 7:30PM

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)