Carnegie Hall Presents

American Composers Orchestra

A tribute to Philip Glass—on his 75th birthday—is the heart of the ACO’s series, which also includes a slate of world premieres from the orchestra that its music director, George Manahan, calls “an R & D lab for American music.”

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Friday, October 14, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Mellissa Hughes, Soprano and Electronics
Daniel Iglesia, Videographer
Kenji Bunch, Amplified Viola

Program

CHRISTOPHER STARK ...and start west (World Premiere)
ANDREIA PINTO-CORREIA Elegia a Al-Mu'tamid (World Premiere)
ALEX TEMPLE Liebeslied for Female Voice, Electronics, and Orchestra (World Premiere)
WANG LU Flowing Water Study II for Orchestra and Video (World Premiere)
KENJI BUNCH The Devil's Box (World Premiere)
It’s music you’ve never heard before—but you’re sure to want to hear again. Discover personal voices that express the character of our century: Invocations of folk music from native countries, ruminations of traditional American music, and a commitment to eclecticism all pervade the first concert of the ACO’s season.

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Harrison Symphonic Suite for Strings (Estampie)


American Composers Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor
Phoenix USA

American Composers Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 8 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate
Maki Namekawa, Piano

Program

PÄRT Lamentate (NY Premiere)
PHILIP GLASS Symphony No. 9 (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz)
It really is his birthday! Philip Glass was born on January 31—75 years ago—and the American Composers Orchestra commemorates the occasion with the US premiere of his newest symphony. It’s a genre that Glass has been focusing on since 1992, when he completed his “Low” Symphony based on the 1977 David Bowie album.

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Philip Glass Heroes


American Composers Orchestra; Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor 
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American Composers Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Derek Bermel, Clarinet
Judith Bettina, Soprano
Gabriel Kahane, Piano, Guitars, and Vocals
Amy Porter, Flute

Program

BABBITT From the Psalter
MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Trail of Tears (NY Premiere)
COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
GABRIEL KAHANE Crane Palimpsest (World Premiere)
Grammy winner Michael Daugherty describes his Trail of Tears as a “journey into how the human spirit discovers ways to deal with upheaval, adversity, and adapting to a new environment.” Perseverance in the face of change is but one facet of the American spirit. On this concert, the American Composers Orchestra performs musical narratives—including Trail of Tears—that connect our national past, present, and future.