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ACO Announces SONiC Festival in NYC October 15-23

The American Composers Orchestra has announced its second ever SONiC Festival, which returns to New York from Thursday, October 15 through Friday, October 23, 2015. Heralded in its inaugural edition in 2011 as “a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium” by The Guardian, SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) is a festival of 21st century music by more than 60 composers age 40 and under. The New York Times announced the festival on its ArtsBeat blog.

Produced by American Composers Orchestra, SONiC events range from a daylong marathon to late-night AfterHours concerts, from a free symphony concert at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place to collaborations between emerging choreographers and composers. SONiC concerts take place at venues throughout New York City, and include performances by 14 extraordinary ensembles featuring at least 19 world premieres, three U.S. premieres, and 14 New York premieres.

Of the focus on composers under age 40, SONiC Curator Derek Bermel said, "We wanted to present a snapshot of the younger generation of music-makers, to showcase the richness, vitality, and diversity of the music being created right now – under our very noses here in New York and throughout the world."

More information on the festival's concerts, performers, and composers can be found at


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