May 23: American Composers Orchestra at Symphony Space featuring Carlos Simon's Portrait of a Qu
American Composers Orchestra (ACO), under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Music Director George Manahan, continues its 40th Anniversary Season on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 8pm with ACO Parables at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The concert inaugurates a new partnership between American Composers Orchestra and Symphony Space, and is part of Symphony Space’s FUSE Project. ACO Parables, led by guest conductor Rossen Milanov, explores music’s incredible ability to tell stories and weave tales.
The concert will feature the world premiere of ACO’s 2016 Underwood New Music Readings commission winner Carlos Simon’s Portrait of a Queen with narrator Rehanna Thelwell, which traces the evolution of African-Americans in America from the female perspective. The program also includes John Corigliano’s Troubadours: Variations for Guitar and Orchestra featuring star guitarist Sharon Isbin, for whom the piece was written; plus the world premiere of Nina C. Young’s Out of whose womb came the ice featuring baritone David Tinervia with video by R. Luke DuBois, which tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition of 1914-17; and the New York premiere of Bright Sheng’s Postcards, a work that explores the folk music of different regions of China.
Watch an interview with Carlos Simon about Portrait of the Queen: