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American Composers Orchestra announces 2017-2018 season: Dreamscapes

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces its complete 2017-2018 season, Dreamscapes, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Music Director George Manahan, and President Edward Yim, featuring ten world, U.S., and New York premieres by a diverse set of composers.

40th Birthday Concert & Gala November 7, 2017 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall Music by ACO Co-Founder Francis Thorne, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Paola Prestini, and Elizabeth Ogonek

Two Performances at Carnegie Hall December 8, 2017 and April 6, 2018 at Zankel Hall Music by Philip Glass, Pauchi Sasaki, Bryce Dessner, Ethan Iverson, Clarice Assad, Steve Lehman, TJ Anderson, and Hitomi Oba

Fellow Travelers by Gregory Spears at the PROTOTYPE Festival January 12-14, 2018 at Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice co-presented with PROTOTYPE Festival and John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The 27th Annual Underwood New Music Readings on June 21 & 22, 2018 ACO’s annual roundup of the country’s brightest young and emerging composers at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music

In 2017-2018, ACO celebrates 40 years as the only orchestra in the world wholly dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promotion of music by American composers. To date, ACO has performed music by 800 American composers, including 350 world premieres and newly commissioned works. This season explores the overarching theme of dreams as an inspiration for both music itself and community created through music – celebrating ACO co-founder Francis Thorne’s dream of an orchestra to champion the American composer; iconic composer Philip Glass’ dream for the next generation; and the American dream of inclusiveness reflected in the infinite ways American orchestral music illustrates geographic, stylistic, gender, and racial diversity.

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