American Composers Orchestra Opens Season at Carnegie Hall with The Natural Order

American Composers Orchestra Opens Season at Carnegie Hall with The Natural Order Mei-Ann Chen, Guest Conductor with Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Attacca Quartet, Sandbox Percussion

Premieres by Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta, Yvette Janine Jackson

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall | 57th St. and 7th Ave. | NYC Tickets: www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212.247.7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office

PLUS: 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 Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 10:30am | Open Workshop with ACO Musicians The DiMenna Center for Classical Music | 450 W. 37th St. | NYC

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New York, NY – American Composers Orchestra (ACO) opens its 2022-2023 season, under the leadership of Artistic Director Derek Bermel and President Melissa Ngan, at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall with The Natural Order, on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm. The Natural Order 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 cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

The Natural Order includes the New York premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year, a dystopian reflection on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons co-commissioned by ACO for cello soloist Jeffrey Zeigler. 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, 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 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 Artistic Director Derek Bermel says of the program, “As our climate continues to shift unpredictably and the whole world grapples with ‘weird weather,’ creative artists have turned their attention to the power, abstraction, and ritual inherent in humanity’s relationship with nature. This concert asks: in this moment, what are the stories we can tell—the questions we can ask—through music?”

Both inti figgis-vizueta and Yvette Janine Jackson’s works that will be premiered on October 20 are being developed in ACO’s newly re-launched EarShot CoLABoratory program (which previously ran from 2007-2016). Fellows in the program participate in collaborative sessions with ACO musicians to workshop musical ideas and facilitate co-learning and engage in ACO’s artistic curation and educational and community-focused programming. This season’s Fellows also include Trevor New and Mendi & Keith Obadike, whose works will be premiered on concerts later in ACO’s season. EarShot CoLABoratory advances 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 the Fellow’s works-in-progress at an EarShot CoLABoratory Open Workshop 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 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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 7pm

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.

Lead funding for The Natural Order has been provided by Schlam, Stone & Dolan LLP, Frederick Wertheim and Angelo Chan, Donald Crawshaw and Matthew Hoffman, Melanie and John Clarke, and Ellen Marcus, through their support of ACO’s 2022 Gala & Inaugural Creative Catalyst Awards

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.

Lead support for EarShot CoLABoratory is generously provided by TD Charitable 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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