• Thursday, Sep 1, 2011

    American Composers Orchestra Kicks Off 2011–2012 Season with Sonic — Sounds Of A New Century on Friday, October 14 in Zankel Hall 

    Program of World Premieres by Composers, Age 40 and Under

    Additional Performances This Season Include
    Philip Glass’s 75th Birthday Concert in January

    On Friday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, American Composers Orchestra (ACO), led by Music Director George Manahan, kicks off its Carnegie Hall season as well as the citywide festival, SONiC (Sounds of a New Century). The program, titled Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts, features five world premieres of works by young composers including Kenji Bunch’s The Devil’s Box, with the composer as soloist on amplified viola; Christopher Stark’s …and start west, winner of ACO’s 2010 Underwood Emerging Composer Commission; Alex Temple’s Liebeslied for Female Voice, Electronics, and Orchestra, with soprano Mellissa Hughes; Andreia Pinto-Correia’s Elegia a Al-Mu'tamid; and Wang Lu’s multimedia piece Flowing Water Study II with video by Daniel Iglesia.

    SONiC features music by more than 100 composers, age 40 and under and takes place from October 14–22 at ten different venues throughout New York City. SONiC is co-curated by composer Derek Bermel and pianist Stephen Gosling, and is a production of American Composers Orchestra and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. SONiC is presented in partnership with Carnegie Hall and Miller Theatre at Columbia University. New York Public Radio’s online radio station, Q2, is the media partner and digital venue. For more information, visit SONiCfestival.org.

    Additional ACO concerts during the 2011–2012 season are:
    • Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.: Conductor Laureate and ACO founder Dennis Russell Davies returns to lead the orchestra in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in a performance celebrating Philip Glass’s 75th birthday. The program includes the US premiere of Glass’s Symphony No. 9 and the New York premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate.

    • Thursday, March 22, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.: The third performance of ACO’s Carnegie Hall season, titled Orchestra Underground: American Accounts, is conducted by George Manahan and features pieces by Milton Babbitt and Aaron Copland along with world premieres by Ian Williams and Gabriel Kahane and the New York premiere of Trail of Tears by Michael Daugherty. 
    Artist Information
    George Manahan has had an unusually wide-ranging career, embracing everything from opera to the concert stage, the traditional to the contemporary. In addition to his work with ACO, he furthers his commitment to working with young musicians on the Manhattan School of Music faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies. George Manahan most recently completed fourteen years as music director at New York City Opera. There, he helped develop the organization’s groundbreaking VOX program, a series of workshops and readings that have provided unique opportunities for numerous composers to hear their new concepts realized, and introduced audiences to exciting new compositional voices. In addition to established composers such as Mark Adamo, David Del Tredici, Lewis Spratlan, Robert X. Rodriguez, Lou Harrison, Bernard Rands, and Richard Danielpour, through VOX, Mr. Manahan has introduced works by composers on the rise including Adam Silverman, Elodie Lauten, Mason Bates, and David T. Little. George Manahan’s extensive recording activities include the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Tehillim for ECM; recordings of Edward Thomas’s Desire Under the Elms, which was nominated for a Grammy Award; Joe Jackson’s Will Power; and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline. His enthusiasm for contemporary music continues today; he has conducted numerous world premieres, including Charles Wuorinen’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, David Lang’s Modern Painters, and the New York premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Margaret Garner. As music director of the Richmond Symphony (VA) for twelve years, he was honored four times by the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP) for his commitment to twentieth century music.

    Now in its 35th year, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO makes the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. Through concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, internet and radio broadcasts, educational programs, New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music. To date, ACO has performed music by more than 600 American composers, including 200 world premieres and newly commissioned works. Among the honors ACO has received are special awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and from BMI recognizing the orchestra’s outstanding contribution to American music. ASCAP has awarded its annual prize for adventurous programming to ACO 33 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.” For more information, visit americancomposers.org.

    Program Information
    Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

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


    KENJI BUNCH The Devil's Box (World Premiere)
    CHRISTOPHER STARK ...and start west (World Premiere)
    ALEX TEMPLE Liebeslied for Female Voice, Electronics, and Orchestra (World Premiere)
    ANDREIA PINTO CORREIA Elegia a Al-Mu'tamid (World Premiere)
    WANG LU Flowing Water Study II (World Premiere)

    Tickets: $39, $50

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
    Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor Laureate
    Maki Namekawa, Piano


    ARVO 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)

    Tickets: $29–$82

    Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
    Derek Bermel, Clarinet
    Judith Bettina, Soprano
    Gabriel Kahane, Piano and Vocals
    Amy Porter, Flute
    Ian Williams, Electronics


    MILTON BABBITT From the Psalter
    AARON COPLAND Clarinet Concerto
    MICHAEL DAUGHERTY Trail of Tears (NY Premiere)
    GABRIEL KAHANE New Work (World Premiere)
    IAN WILLIAMS New Work for Orchestra and Electronics (World Premiere)

    Tickets: $39, $50

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.

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