• Monday, Sep 17, 2012

    American Composers Orchestra Kicks Off 2012-2013 Season with Orchestra Underground: Dreams and Dances with Guest Conductor  José Serebrier on Friday, October 26 in Zankel Hall

    Diverse Program with New Music from Thai, Serbian, and Uruguayan Composers Features Flutist Sharon Bezaly, Vocalist Lori Cotler, and Gusle Soloist Milica Paranosic  
    Music Director George Manahan Leads ACO in January and April Performances at Zankel Hall 
    Image of American Composers Orchestra © Julien Jourdes.

    On Friday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, American Composers Orchestra (ACO), led by guest conductor José Serebrier, kicks off its three-concert series this season at Carnegie Hall. The program, entitled Orchestra Underground: Dreams and Dances, features the US premiere of Mr. Serebrier’s Flute Concerto with Tango with flutist Sharon Bezaly. The program also features two world premieres: Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen’s The Migration of Lost Souls and Serbian composer and performance artist Milica Paranosic’s The Tiger’s Wife: Prologue for Orchestra, Voice, Electronics and Visuals (Based on the novel The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht) with text by David Chambers, Paranosic as gusle soloist along with vocalist Lori Cotler, video by Carmen Kordas, and photography by Beowulf Sheehan. Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting,” completes the program.

    Paranosic’s new work, The Tiger’s Wife: Prologue takes as its inspiration a bestselling novel of the same title by Téa Obreht, who, like Paranosic, was born in Belgrade. Paranosic says, “Apart from obvious cultural and geographical connection between Obreht and myself, there are numerous parallels in our aesthetics, including mixing real and imagined, old and new, fantasy and history, folk and pop, Serbian and English languages, and the use of symbols.”

    In describing his tango, Mr. Serebrier says, “The fourth movement justifies the title of the work. Traditionally, tangos end with a strong dominant chord followed by a brief, barely audible tonic chord. I take this idea further, leaving my tango up in the air in the middle of a phrase, so that the listener can make his own conclusion.”

    Narong Prangcharoen was ACO’s 2011 Underwood New Music Readings commission winner. He contributes The Migration of Lost Souls, inspired by an ancient temple in his native Thailand and the soul’s journey into the after life. The piece is dedicated to victims of the many disasters that have happened in recent years.

    Additional ACO concerts during the 2012–2013 season include:

    Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.: Music Director George Manahan returns to lead the orchestra in Zankel Hall for Orchestra Underground: Time Travels, with music exploring past, present, and future—both real and imagined. The program includes Lukas Foss’s Time Cycle: Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra featuring Jennifer Zetlan as well as world premieres by New York–based composers Kyle Blaha and Kate Soper (who also performs as soloist in her new work), plus the US premiere of Bell Drum Tower by Zhou Long, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize.

    Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.: The third performance of ACO’s Carnegie Hall season, titled CoLABoratory: Playing IT Unsafe, is conducted by George Manahan and features new pieces, selected through a nationwide search, born from a unique incubation process of workshops, public readings, and collaborative feedback.

    Artist Information
    Paraguayan conductor and composer José Serebrier, who has frequently guest conducted ACO and has led ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings in years past, is one of the world’s most recorded classical artists, receiving 37 Grammy-Award nominations in recent years. Mr. Serebrier has composed more than 100 works and has won numerous awards including two Guggenheims, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts. Flute Concerto with Tango was commissioned for flutist Sharon Bezaly, who performed and recorded it with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the BIS label. Mr. Serebrier spent five years as Leopold Stokowski's Associate Conductor and then became composer-in-residence of The Cleveland Orchestra. He was music director of America's oldest music festival, in Worcester, Massachusetts, until he organized Festival Miami, for which he served as artistic director for many years. Mr. Serebrier has made international tours with the Juilliard Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Spain, and others.

    Now in its 36th 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.”

    Program Information
    Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    José Serebrier, Guest Conductor
    Sharon Bezaly, Flute
    Lori Cotler, Vocals
    Milica Paranosic, Gusle
    Carmen Kordas, Video
    Beowulf Sheehan, Photography


    NARONG PRANGCHAROEN The Migration of Lost Souls (World Premiere)
    MILICA PARANOSIC The Tiger's Wife: Prologue for Orchestra, Voice, Electronics and Visuals (Based on the novel The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht) (World Premiere)
    CHARLES IVES Symphony No.3, "The Camp Meeting"
    JOSÉ SEREBRIER Flute Concerto with Tango (US Premiere)

    Friday, January 18, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor
    Kate Soper, Soprano
    Jennifer Zetlan, Soprano


    LUKAS FOSS Time Cycle: Four Songs for Soprano and Orchestra
    KYLE BLAHA Sinfonietta (World Premiere)
    KATE SOPER 'now is forever' he whispered: Orpheus and Eurydice for Voice and Orchestra (World Premiere)
    ZHOU LONG Bell Drum Tower (US Premiere)

    Friday, April 5, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    George Manahan, Music Director and Conductor


    TROY HERION New York City Symphony
    RAYMOND J. LUSTIG Latency Canons
    DU YUN Slow Portraits
    DAN VISCONTI Consciousness Change

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