American Composers Orchestra: Parables
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Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Tue, May 23, 2017 8:00pm
Expected Run Time is 90 minutes
Members $34/$26
30 and under (with I.D.) $20
Limited premium seating available for $50
Part of Fuse Project / Music

American Composers Orchestra returns to the Sharp Theatre with special guests Rossen Milanov (conductor), Sharon Isbin (guitar), Meaghan Burke (vocals & cello), David Tinervia (baritone), and R. Luke DuBois (video), for evening of works by current composers known for stretching the limits of new classical music. Featuring world premieres from Bright Sheng, Nina C. Young, and Carlos Simon alongside a classic by John Corgliano.

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Program (Order subject to change)

Postcards by Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
I. From the Mountains
II. From the River Valley
III. From the Savage Land
IV. Wish You Were Here
NYC Premiere

Out of whose womb came the ice for baritone, orchestra, and electronics by Nina C. Young (b. 1984)
World Premiere

Portrait of a Queen by Carlos Simon (b. 1986)
World Premiere,  ACO/Underwood commission

Troubadours: Variations for Guitar and Orchestra by John Corigliano (b. 1938)


American Composers Orchestra, now in its 40th season, 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.


“American Composers Orchestra has brought to the city a repertory of music of our time which leaves all the major American orchestras far behind.” -The New York Times

“That’s why the American Composers Orchestra is so indispensible… the ACO fearlessly goes where others do not dare.” -Sequenza 21


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