Carnegie Hall Presents

American Composers Orchestra

Hear amazingly diverse repertoire, including world premieres and music that is new to New York audiences, performed by the intrepid American Composers Orchestra. This no-holds-barred series explores contemporary composers whose music challenges audiences and stretches the sonic limits of an orchestral ensemble.

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Adding Fuel to the Fire

Zankel Hall
Friday, October 25, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
Robert Spano, Conductor
Martin Kuuskmann, Bassoon
Bill Morrison, Filmmaker

Program

PETER FAHEY A Mirror to Kathleen's Face (World Premiere)
CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS Bassoon Concerto
FRED LERDAHL Spirals (NY Premiere)
JULIA WOLFE Fuel (film by Bill Morrison)
Having “consistently championed contemporary music with consistent excellence” (The New York Times), the American Composers Orchestra has a long history of exploring the sonic frontiers of American music, championing both emerging composers and prolific compositional voices of our time. This ensemble is led by dynamic conductor Robert Spano for a program that includes a world premiere by Irish composer Peter Fahey, as well as Christopher Theofanidis’s Bassoon Concerto.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Julia Wolfe's Fuel



Ensemble Resonanz | Brad Lubman. Conductor
Cantaloupe Records

American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Lines on a Point

Zankel Hall
Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
The Crossing
Donald Nally, Conductor
Margaret Kampmeier, Piano
Stephen Gosling, Piano
Mark DeChiazza, Filmmaker
Mark Andrews, Cinematographer

Program

TED HEARNE Ripple (NY Premiere)
LISA RENÉE COONS Vera's Ghosts (World Premiere)
DAVID LANG statement to the court (NY Premiere)
AMY BETH KIRSTEN strange pilgrims (film by Mark DeChiazza) (World Premiere)
STEVE REICH Eight Lines
American Composers Orchestra concerts “are always fascinating, … frequently exhilarating forays into recent music—or music that was written decades ago but is still fresh" (Newsday). The inventive ensemble pairs Steve Reich’s influential work Eight Lines with David Lang’s statement to the court—based on Eugene Deb’s court statement after his landmark conviction in his fight for free speech—as well as world premieres from Lisa Renée Coons and Amy Beth Kirsten.

This concert is part of My Time, My Music.

Listen

Steve Reich's Eight Lines


London Steve Reich Ensemble
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American Composers Orchestra

Orchestra Underground: Border Vanguards

Zankel Hall
Friday, April 4, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
Luciana Souza, Vocalist

Program

REVUELTAS Alcancías
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Manchay Tiempo (NY Premiere)
MARCOS BALTER Favela (World Premiere)
GUNTHER SCHULLER Contours
DEREK BERMEL Mar de Setembro (NY Premiere)
Hailed as "the singer for a new generation of firebrands eager to push the boundaries" (Billboard), Brazilian songstress Luciana Souza joins the American Composers Orchestra for an evening of internationally influenced works that defy musical and political borders. The renowned vocalist performs Derek Bermel’s Mar de Setembro, a song cycle set to texts by the late Portuguese poet Eugénio de Andrade and written expressly for Souza. The ensemble also performs works by Gunther Schuller, Gabriela Lena Frank, Silvestre Revueltas, and Marcos Balter.

Listen

Revueltas's Alcancias (Allegro vivo)


London Sinfonietta
RCA Red Seal