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American Composers Orchestra Announces 2019-2020 Concerts at Carnegie Hall

American Composers Orchestra announces two performances presented by Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall during the 2019-2020 season. ACO’s concerts at Carnegie Hall include premieres by 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams, Mark Adamo, 2015 Rome Prize winner and 2013 ACO Underwood Audience Choice Award winner Nina C. Young, and 2017 ACO Underwood Commission winner Hilary Purrington. Additional 2019-2020 performances and activities will be announced in June 2019.

“ACO’s 2019-2020 Carnegie Hall programs highlight the breadth and depth of American music being composed today,” commented ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel. “Our audience will have the unique opportunity to experience world premieres of these emerging talents alongside established American voices – brand new music heard for the very first time in New York City.”

ACO’s 2019-2020 Concerts at Carnegie Hall


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:30 PM Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave., NYC

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American Composers Orchestra

George Manahan, music director and conductor

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano

JIJI, guitar

HILARY PURRINGTON: Guitar Concerto (World Premiere)

CHARLES IVES: Selected songs (World Premieres of orchestrations by Hilary Purrington and Hannah Lash)

MATTHEW AUCOIN: Evidence (2016, New York City Premiere)

ACO’s concert at Zankel Hall on November 13, 2019 presents the world premiere of Hilary Purrington’s Guitar Concerto, an ACO commission with the support of Paul and Michelle Underwood. Featuring guitarist JIJI, Purrington’s Guitar Concerto ignores the question of whether or not to embrace the traditional Iberian sounds of the classical guitar, and instead focuses on the instrument’s interaction with the larger ensemble – leading the orchestra and controlling the narrative. The concert also includes the world premiere of orchestrations of Selected Songs by Charles Ives, arranged by Purrington and Hannah Lash, featuring mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton. The New York City premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Evidence, written in 2016 for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, completes the program. In the work, Aucoin considers the Merriam-Webster definition of the word “evidence” – something which shows that something else exists or is true – within his assertion, “The basic difference between music and religion is music's fondness for evidence.”


Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave., NYC

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American Composers Orchestra

George Manahan, music director and conductor

Jeffrey Zeigler, cello

David Tinervia, baritone

R. Luke DuBois, projection designer

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Become River (New York City Premiere)

MARK ADAMO: Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra (World Premiere)

NINA C. YOUNG: Out of whose womb came the ice (World Premiere of expanded version)

On April 2, 2020 at Zankel Hall, ACO will give the New York City premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become River, composed for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2010 as a companion piece to his 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestral work, Become Ocean. Adams notes, “From a single high descending line, this music gradually expands into a delta of melodic streams flowing toward the depths. I now imagine this river and its related ocean, as part of a larger series of pieces encompassing desert, mountain, tundra and perhaps other landscapes and waterscapes.” This program also features the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, an ACO co-commission featuring cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. 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. Completing the program is Nina C. Young’s Out of whose womb came the ice. Young and projection designer R. Luke DuBois create a sonic and visual portrait of famed explorer Ernest Shackelton’s Antarctic journey (1914-17). ACO gave the world premiere of the first part of the piece in 2017 and will premiere the expanded version on this concert, featuring baritone David Tinervia.

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