In its continuing response to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis on composers and performers, American Composers Orchestra announces Volume 2 of Connecting ACO Community, an initiative to commission short works for solo instrument or voice. Each composer is offered $500 to write the work, and each performer is offered $500 to perform the work, with the rights to stream for six months. With the six commissions in Volume 2 (June 7 - July 19, 2020), in addition to the seven new works premiered in Volume 1 (April 19 – May 31, 2020), ACO aims to support artists financially; to create new work that will live beyond this crisis; and to provide virtual, interactive performances to ACO’s supporters and the general public.
Premieres of the new works will take place live on Sundays at 5pm ET, streaming privately for ticket-buyers on ACO's YouTube channel. The composer, performer, and a host (ACO President Ed Yim or ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel) will hold an online chat with the attendees after the performance. The recorded sessions will be available on MUSIC on the REBOUND: an online festival for participating in live events as well as a platform for streaming concerts.
Yim and Bermel jointly state, “When we began Connecting ACO Community in the early days of quarantine, ACO aimed to support composers, performers, and listeners who want to explore the wealth of musical creativity in the Americas. During this unprecedented crisis, when we cannot gather our orchestra and audiences to fulfill our mission, we felt that it was important to make a creative and forward-looking contribution. We are also firmly committed to paying artists for their work in service of our community. Volume 1 exceeded our expectations by forging new connections between artists, creating new relationships for the ACO community, and putting the spotlight on emerging creative voices and the performers who support them; and so, we are delighted that funding from the New York Community Trust’s Covid-19 Response and Impact Fund has allowed us to continue with Volume 2. Volume 3 will be announced later this summer and begin to feature the individual musicians of American Composers Orchestra as well as special guests.”
Connecting ACO Community Volume 2 Composer-Performer Teams and Schedule of Events
Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Joseph Pereira & Chester Englander, cimbalom (register/buy tickets)
Sunday, June 14, 2020 – OFF
Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Shara Nova & Ahya Simone, harp (register/buy tickets)
Note: Ahya Simone was unable to appear during the originally scheduled premiere in Volume 1, during which Shara Nova premiered a version for voice and guitar. This installment features Simone performing a second premiere of the work When I Said Let a Change Come for harp.
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Karena Ingram & Monica Ellis, bassoon (register/buy tickets)
Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Krists Auznieks & Stephen Gosling, piano (register/buy tickets)
Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Lembit Beecher & Seth Parker Woods, cello (register/buy tickets)
Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 5pm ET:
Alejandro Basulto Martinez & Alecia Lawyer, oboe (register/buy tickets)
Ticketholders will receive a private link to join the performance, and all of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go solely to fund artists involved in this project. If the $5 entrance fee poses a barrier to participation, interested listeners will be asked to fill out an anonymous form at https://bit.ly/ACOConnectComp or email Aiden Feltkamp at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a fee waiver.