American Composers Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season

American Composers Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season

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Re-Launch of EarShot CoLABoratory with 2022-2023 Fellows

inti figgis-vizueta, Trevor New, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Mendi & Keith Obadike

Conducted by Glenn Alexander II

October 4, 2022 | Open Workshop with ACO Musicians | The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

ACO 2022 Creative Catalyst Awards & Gala – October 11, 2022

2022 Creative Catalyst Award Recipients: Denise Young and John Adams | Bryant Park Grill

The Natural Order at Carnegie Hall October 20, 2022 | Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall Conducted by Mei-Ann Chen Jeffrey Zeigler, cello | Attacca Quartet | Sandbox Percussion | Yvette Janine Jackson, electronics Premieres by Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta, Yvette Janine Jackson

Modern Yesterdays March 16, 2023 | Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall Conducted by Daniela Candillari | Kaki King, guitar Premieres by George E. Lewis, Ellen Reid, Jihyun Noel Kim, Kaki King

ACO EarShot Readings in New York June 1-2, 2023 | Mannes School of Music Conducted by Tito Muñoz

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists EarShot Workshop in New York June 8-9, 2023 | Location TBA Conducted by Peter Askim

EarShot Readings for Emerging Composers Held with Orchestras Across the Country

ACO’s Sonic Spark Education Programs Continue Serving New York City Students

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New York, NY – American Composers Orchestra (ACO) announces its 2022-2023 season, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and President Melissa Ngan. ACO is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers, with a commitment to diversity, disruption, and discovery. This season’s slate of performances includes eight premieres of new works by American composers, as well as the re-launch of ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory workshop program; the continuation of ACO’s national EarShot Readings program for emerging composers with orchestras across the country; and its Sonic Spark Education program reaching at least 500 students in New York City schools.

ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel says, “Our 2022-23 season showcases the creativity and diverse viewpoints of four generations of living American composers. ACO also celebrates the virtuosity of our New York City community of artists, including soloists Jeffrey Zeigler and Kaki King and the ensembles Sandbox Percussion and Attacca Quartet. We look forward to welcoming audiences this season for a rich tapestry of musical storytelling.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Carnegie Hall by bringing together some of the most dynamic soloists, ensembles, and conductors active on new music stages today showcasing predominantly world premiere works by composers who have close ties to ACO’s national EarShot composer advancement programs,” says ACO President Melissa Ngan. “Among this season’s featured artists are alumni and mentors of our EarShot Readings, Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, and fellows in our newly refreshed CoLABoratory residencies – each expanding the definition of American orchestral music through their distinct compositional voice.”

ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory 2022-2023 Fellows are inti figgis-vizueta, Trevor New, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Mendi & Keith Obadike. The Fellows will participate in collaborative sessions with ACO musicians to workshop musical ideas and facilitate co-learning, and will engage in ACO’s artistic curation and educational and community-focused programming. Their resulting works will be premiered by ACO over the course of the season. EarShot CoLABoratory Fellowships advance the work of composers whose work is experimental or rooted in musical traditions underrepresented in orchestral repertoire. The program addresses systemic barriers within orchestral commissioning, providing a gateway to the field and a generative environment for composers from diverse musical backgrounds to create definition-expanding work for orchestra. The public will have the opportunity to hear these works-in-progress at an EarShot CoLABoratory Open Workshop for the Fellows with ACO musicians on October 4, 2022 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Glenn Alexander II will conduct this CoLABoratory Workshop, and will also be the cover conductor for ACO’s October 20 concert at Carnegie Hall. Read more about ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory program >

ACO’s season-opening performance on Thursday, October 20, 2022is The Natural Order at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, a concert that explores humankind’s relationship to the Earth in an age of climate anxiety. The performance will be conducted by Mei-Ann Chen and features the Attacca Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and cello soloist Jeffrey Zeigler. The Natural Order includes the New York premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year, a dystopian reflection on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons performed by Zeigler and ACO. Viet Cuong’s highly charged re(new)al is a concerto for Sandbox Percussion, inspired by the power of hydro, wind, and solar energies. inti figgis-vizueta’s Seven Sides of Fire, developed in ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory program and written for the Attacca Quartet and ACO,explores the current wildfire crisis through the lens of American Indigenous fire ecology and traditions. Yvette Janine Jackson’s Hello, Tomorrow! for orchestra and electronics, also developed through CoLABoratory, builds on her previous electroacoustic radio operas and invites listeners to draw upon their own experiences to construct a narrative. The Natural Order grapples with the centuries-long struggle to harmonize with Mother Nature sharing both apocalyptic and aspirational visions of humanity’s future. Read more background about the program and composers >

ACO’s spring concert at Carnegie Hall, Modern Yesterdays on Thursday, March 16, 2023, features four brand new commissions that trace the links composers build between the past and future, both individually and collectively. Conducted by Daniela Candillari and featuring world-renowned guitarist Kaki King, this program includes new orchestral renderings of King's compositions by orchestrator DJ Sparr, including her acclaimed album Modern Yesterdays. Ellen Reid's Floodplain describes a landscape in which reality shifts virtually overnight, and newly commissioned works by celebrated composers George Lewis and Jihyun Noel Kim each present a unique perspective on the power of music to bridge time. Kim’s new work, The Yellow House, is inspired by the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and depicts the emotional shift in light from day to night. Read more background about the program and composers >

ACO will hold its 31st EarShot New Music Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) on June 1 and 2, 2023 in New York City at Mannes School of Music’s Tishman Auditorium. Open-to-the-public reading sessions will be held on both days, conducted by Tito Muñoz. In addition, ACO partners with The Next Festival of Emerging Artists for early-career artists, to produce EarShot Workshops on June 8 and 9, led by Next Festival founder Peter Askim. This season, ACO will also work with orchestras across the country to present EarShot Readings in their communities, in collaboration with the League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and American Composers Forum. Through these Readings, ACO cultivates the next generation of composers. In what has become a rite of passage, aspiring orchestral composers from throughout the United States will be selected to participate. As in the past, commission opportunities will be available to the participants. ACO Readings composers have gone on to win every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes. Read more about ACO’s EarShot Readings program >

As part of the EarShot program, ACO will again offer online EarShot Professional Development Seminars throughout the season, for participating EarShot composers as well as the wider composer community. Topics to be discussed include fundraising and grants, publishing, score and part preparation, public speaking, rehearsal techniques and procedures, commissions, networking and marketing, and much more. Details will be announced this fall. Read more about ACO’s EarShot Professional Development program >

ACO’s Sonic Spark education programs will reach at least 500 students in New York City this season. Sonic Spark uses composition as a platform to unlock students’ creativity. Sonic Spark Lab is offered in partnership with a number of New York City middle and high schools. These semester-long courses teach students to engage with their creativity, harness their curiosity, and collaborate to complete original musical works. Three composer teaching artists teach the curriculum, including Jess Marlor, Trevor New and Lucy Yao. Sonic Spark Ensembles engage students with active music-making, whether through song, percussion, or other instruments. This school-based program is customized to enhance and magnify the educational and social objectives of the school and taught by a dedicated team of accomplished professional Teaching Artists. Compose Yourselfprovides advanced curriculum in two formats, in-school and out-of-school. The program serves approximately 50 high school age musicians with direct instruction in music composition. Classes help young composers develop their creativity and learn professional standards in a supportive, hands-on environment; the program has a strong record of preparing students for the rigors of college and beyond. Read more about ACO’s Sonic Spark education programs >

ACO’s 2022 Gala on October 11, 2022 launches the inaugural year of ACO’s Creative Catalyst Award, which recognizes artists and leaders who exemplify its core values of discovery, diversity, disruption. 2022 Creative Catalyst Award Recipients are artist and SFJAZZ Board Chair Denise Young and composer and conductor John Adams. Artists featured at the Gala will include Timo Andres, composer and pianist; Gilbert Galindo, composer and DJ-producer; Paula Matthusen, composer; Trevor New, violist and composer;Alicia Olatuja, vocalist; Leanna Primiani, composer; Huang Ruo, composer; Olivia Valentine, artist; and Jeffrey Zeigler, cellist. The Gala will be held at Bryant Park Grill. Read more about ACO's 2022 Gala and Creative Catalyst Award >

Now in its sixth year, ACO’s Commission Club invites individuals across the country to join the creative process of commissioning a new work with American Composers Orchestra. Members will follow the creative process from start to finish, from discussing an artist’s first creative spark, through the writing process, and finally to the rehearsal and premiere. Membership fees support expenses related to artist commission fees, printing, rehearsal, and performance costs. In return, members are invited to exclusive events to interact with the artists. This season, the Club will support the commissions and premieres of nine new works by composers Mark Adamo, inti figgis-vizueta, Yvette Janine Jackson, Kaki King, Ellen Reid, George E. Lewis, Jihyun Noel Kim, Trevor New, and Mendi & Keith Obadike. Membership starts at $1 with benefits that include invitations to preview events with featured artists and working rehearsals, tickets to concerts, advance access to concert recordings before public release, name listed as a commissioner as part of ACO’s 2022-23 Commission Club in scores and on ACO’s website, bonus interview content from artist Q&As with Garrett McQueen, and hand-signed score mementos.Read more about ACO’s Commission Club >

American Composers Orchestra – 2022-2023 Schedule

ACO EarShot CoLABoratory Workshop

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10:30am

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music | 450 W. 37th St. | New York, NY

Free, open to the public. Reservations required.

Registration & information: https://americancomposers.org/events/earshot-colaboratory-workshop

Glenn Alexander II, conductor

Workshop for new pieces by Yvette Janine Jackson, inti figgis-vizueta, and Trevor New

2022 Gala & Inaugural Creative Catalyst Awards

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6pm

Bryant Park Grill | 25 W. 40th St. | New York, NY

Tickets & Information: www.americancomposers.org/events/2022-creative-catalyst-awards-gala

Creative Catalyst Award Honorees:

Denise Young, artist and SFJAZZ Board Chair

John Adams, composer and conductor

The Natural Order

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave. | New York, NY

Information: www.americancomposers.org/events/the-natural-order

Tickets: www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Jeffrey Zeigler, cello

Attacca Quartet

Sandbox Percussion

Yvette Janine Jackson, electronics

Mark Adamo: Last Year: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra(New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by ACO, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and ROCO)

Viet Cuong: re(new)al for chamber orchestra and percussion quartet (New York Premiere)

inti figgis-vizueta: Seven Sides of Fire (World Premiere, ACO Commission)

Yvette Janine Jackson: Hello Tomorrow! (World Premiere, Co-commissioned by ACO and Carnegie Hall)

Modern Yesterdays

Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 7:30pm

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave. | New York, NY

Information: www.americancomposers.org/events/modern-yesterdays

Tickets: www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office

Daniela Candillari, conductor

Kaki King, guitar

George E. Lewis: New Work (World Premiere, ACO Commission)

Ellen Reid: Floodplain (New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by ACO, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and RTÉ National Symphony)

Jihyun Noel Kim: The Yellow House (New York Premiere, Co-commissioned by ACO, American Youth Symphony and Alabama Symphony Orchestra)

Kaki King: Modern Yesterdays (orchestrated by DJ Sparr; World Premiere of Orchestrations, ACO Commission)

ACO EarShot Readings

Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10:30am – Working Rehearsal

Friday, June 2, 2023 at 7:30pm – Public Reading

Mannes School of Music’s Tishman Auditorium | 63 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY

Tickets & Information: www.americancomposers.org/events/acos-earshot-in-nyc

Tito Muñoz, conductor

Audiences are invited to experience a working rehearsal and the full read through of works by six composers. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new work to be performed by ACO in a future season. ACO Readings composers have gone on to win every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists EarShot Workshop

Friday, June 9, 2023, at 2pm

Location TBA

Tickets & Information: www.americancomposers.org/events/earshot-the-next-festival-of-emerging-artists

Peter Askim, conductor

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists for early-career artists is dedicated to the music of our time, fostering collaborative relationships, and creating 360°artists. It was founded in 2013 by composer, conductor and bassist Peter Askim. These Earshot Workshops will foster collaborative relationships in a peer-to-peer setting, offering the opportunity for emerging composers to gain in-depth experience writing for and working with string orchestra musicians.

About American Composers Orchestra

Founded in 1977, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, middle school through college composer education programs, and composer advancement programs to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders. ACO identifies and develops talent, performs established composers, champions those who are lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting gender, racial, ethnic, geographic, stylistic, and age diversity. To date, ACO has performed music by 800 American composers, including over 350 world premieres and newly commissioned works.

Now encompassing all of ACO’s composer advancement initiatives, EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level. Through orchestral readings, CoLABoratory fellowships, consortium commissions, and professional development, EarShot ensures a vibrant musical future by investing in creativity today. Serving over 350 composers since inception, ACO Readings in NYC began in 1991, and since 2008, national Readings have been offered in partnership with orchestras across the country in collaboration with the League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and American Composers Forum. Readings composers have gone on to win every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Rome Prizes.

ACO has received numerous awards for its work, including those from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and from BMI recognizing the orchestra’s outstanding contribution to American music. ASCAP has awarded ACO its annual prize for adventurous programming 35 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.” ACO received the inaugural MetLife Award for Excellence in Audience Engagement, and a proclamation from the New York City Council. Read more: www.americancomposers.org

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American Composers Orchestra is grateful to the many organizations that make its programs possible including Herb Alpert Foundation, American Orchestras’ Futures Fund, Amphion Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, AmazonSmile Foundation, ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, BMI, Inc., Cheswatyr Foundation, Edward T. Cone Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Francis B. Goelet Charitable Trust, Fromm Music Foundation, Steven R. Gerber Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jephson Educational Trusts, Mellon Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Rexford Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, TD Charitable Foundation, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Corporate gifts to match employee contributions are made by Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Triton Corp, and Neiman Marcus.

Public funds are provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The commission and World Premiere performance of Last Year by Mark Adamo is made possible with lead funding from Susan W. Rose Fund for Music and additional support from American Composers Orchestra’s 2019-2020 Commission Club.

Seven Sides of Fire by inti Figgis Vizueta is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Cohere Touch by Trevor New is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

The commission of a new work by Jihyun Noel Kim is funded by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.

The commission and performance of Floodplain is made possible with lead funding from Linda and Stuart Nelson.

EarShot is a program of American Composers Orchestra completed in partnership with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA. The program is made possible with lead support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, Mellon Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Fromm Foundation, additional support is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the League of American Orchestras with support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

American Composers Orchestra Derek Bermel, Artistic Director | Melissa Ngan, President and CEO

Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate | George Manahan, Music Director Emeritus

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