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Free and open to the public
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:30pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027


ACO’s 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings (open to the public free of charge) is a chance to witness the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. This year, Music Director George Manahan conducts works by Katherine Balch (b. 1991), Lembit Beecher (b. 1980), Paul Frucht (b. 1989), Sarah Gibson (b. 1986), Joel Rust (b. 1989), Carlos Simon (b. 1986), and Michael Small (b. 1988) – representing a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season.

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Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm


Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall | 57th & 7th Ave. | NYC
Tickets: $43 & 50 at, 212-247-7800, or the Carnegie Hall Box Office (154 West 57th Street, NYC)

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American Composers Orchestra continues its 39th season with a program titled Eastern Wind, bringing five works with Middle Eastern and Indian influence to Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. World premieres include Mehmet Ali Sanlikol’s “Harabat – The Intoxicated,” which uses classical Ottoman composition techniques and features Mehmet singing and playing the Ud; Saad Haddad’s “Manarah,” combining electronics and traditional performance practices of Arabic musicians; and Reena Esmail’s “Avartan,” a multimedia work with video by Neeraj Jain. In Matthias Pintscher’s “songs from Solomon’s garden,” the composer reflects on his time spent in Israel as he creates a musical dialogue of the voices in Solomon’s Song of Songs. Gity Razaz’s The Metamorphosis of Narcissus takes its name and inspiration from Salvador Dali’s painting.

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ACO’s 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings are open to the public free of charge, giving audiences a chance to look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new, stylistically diverse orchestral music to life. The first day of Readings, a working rehearsal, will be presented from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday, May 6; the second day of Readings will take place on Thursday evening, May 7, at 7:30pm, during which all selected pieces will be polished and performed in their entirety. ACO’s Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the readings; George Manahan conducts. Mentor-composers are Gabriela Lena Frank and Kevin Puts. Free and open to the public. RSVP recommended.

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ACO presents the NY premiere of jazzmaster Wynton Marsalis’ recently completed Blues Symphony. A rare work for purely orchestral forces by the jazz legend, Marsalis’ symphony celebrates blues through the prism of moments in American and African-American history and folklore (Marsalis does not perform in this work). The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer and alumna of ACO’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions. Completing the program is a revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble, a combination of fixed musical forms, freedom and spontaneity featuring the composer at the piano.

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ACO_Rehearsal_byMichaelGellerJoin American Composers Orchestra (ACO) for its 23rd annual Underwood New Music Readings and look behind the scenes at the process involved in bringing brand new orchestral music to life. The Readings will feature new, stylistically diverse music from seven composers at the early stages of their careers: Andy Akiho (Tarnished Mirrors), Melody Eötvös (Beetles, Dragons, and Dreamers), Robert Honstein (Rise), Jared Miller (Contrasted Perspectives – Two Surrealist Portraits), Kyle Rotolo (Apophis), Harry Stafylakis (Brittle Fracture), and Wang A-Mao (Characters in Theatre).

ACO Music Director George Manahan leads the Readings, along with mentor composers ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Robert Beaser, Olly Wilson, and Julia Wolfe. One composer will be chosen to receive a $15,000 commission to write a new piece for ACO to be premiered during the orchestra’s 2015-2016 season. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces, and the composer chosen as the “Audience Choice” winner will be commissioned to compose an original mobile phone ringtone, available for everyone who votes.

FREE and open to the public.  Part of the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

American Composers Orchestra’s 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, NYC

Friday, June 6, 2014, 10am – Working Rehearsal
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 10am-4pm – Career Development Seminar
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 7:30pm – Run-Through

George Manahan, conductor
American Composers Orchestra
Andy Akiho: Tarnished Mirrors
Melody Eötvös: Beetles, Dragons, and Dreamers
Robert Honstein: Rise
Jared Miller: Contrasted Perspectives – Two Surrealist Portraits
Kyle Rotolo: Apophis
Harry Stafylakis: Brittle Fracture
Wang A-Mao: Characters in Theatre

ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings Ticket Information:
Admission to ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings is free, but reservations are required. The cost for the Career Development Seminar is $25, which includes lunch. Reservations for the Readings and the Seminar can be made at


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First-ever Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Culminates with Two Celebratory Concerts

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Wet Ink
Friday, July 23, 2010 at 8:00pm
Music by Leroy Jenkins, Bernhard Lang, Katharina Rosenberger, Eric Wubbels, & Richard Barrett
Conducted by Carl Bettendorf

American Composers Orchestra
Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 8:00pm
Music by Anthony Davis, Roscoe Mitchell, Earle Brown, Errollyn Wallen, & John Zorn
Conducted by Gil Rose

Miller Theatre at Columbia University (116th Street & Broadway, NYC)

Tickets: $25 each concert, at or at the door

JCOI is presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University & American Composers Orchestra

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The first-ever Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) will culminate in two celebratory concerts open to the public at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (116th Street and Broadway), featuring music characterized by improvisation, driving rhythms, and electronic experimentation by composers who break the boundaries between jazz, improvised, and classical music – including Leroy Jenkins, John Zorn, Earle Brown, and Anthony Davis, plus world premieres by Roscoe Mitchell and Errollyn Wallen. Wet Ink, JCOI’s resident chamber ensemble, will perform on Friday, July 23 at 8pm. ACO, led by conductor Gil Rose, will take the stage on Saturday, July 24 at 8pm. For the complete concert programs, please see the end of this press release.

JCOI is presented by The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and will be held on the Columbia University campus in New York from July 20 to 24, 2010. The Institute brings together 34 jazz composers, chosen from a national pool of applicants, to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra. The curriculum was created by composers Jane Ira Bloom, Anthony Davis, Fabien Lévy, and Center for Jazz Studies director George Lewis, all of whom also serve as instructors. Other composers serving as mentors include Alvin Singleton, Derek Bermel, and Tania León.

This innovative program is a new development in the jazz field. While many jazz composers seek to write for the symphony orchestra, opportunities for hands-on experience are few. JCOI aims to provide new resources for both jazz and classical music, promoting the emergence of composers trained in both jazz and new orchestral techniques. During the five-day series of workshops, participants will work with eminent composers, conductors, and industry leaders, studying and researching new ways to incorporate jazz idioms and styles in music for orchestra. JCOI will also include a variety of performance labs and professional development discussions.

JCOI participants hail from a wide variety of backgrounds and jazz styles. The youngest participant, Phillip Golub, is 17 years old. An accomplished jazz and classical pianist, Golub is a high school student in the Los Angeles area and impressed panelists with his already advanced technique. The oldest participant is 67-year-old Rufus Reid, a classicallytrained bassist and Guggenheim fellow, who has performed and recorded with great jazz masters including Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Don Byas, Philly Joe Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more.

Following the Institute, several JCOI participants will submit applications to participate in the JCOI Readings in June 2011. Four to six promising participants will be selected to create new works for orchestra and to work further with mentor composers and conductors in developing these works. The JCOI Readings will culminate with open rehearsals, readings, and live performances of the new works at Miller Theatre by American Composers Orchestra.

JCOI Concerts
JCOI will culminate in two concerts that are open to the public, both featuring music that incorporates improvisation. On Friday, July 23 at 8pm, Wet Ink, conducted by Carl Bettendorf, will perform Leroy Jenkins’ Wonderlust (2000), Bernhard Lang’s DW5 (2000), Katharina Rosenberger’s parcours III (2008), Eric Wubbels’ Euphony (2006), and Richard Barrett’s Codex V (2007). On Saturday, July 24 at 8pm, American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Gil Rose, will perform Anthony Davis’s You Have the Right to Remain Silent (2007), Roscoe Mitchell’s Nonaah (world premiere, new version for chamber orchestra), Earle Brown’s Available Forms 1 (1961), Errollyn Wallen’s The Girl in My Alphabet (world premiere, new version for chamber orchestra), and John Zorn’s For Your Eyes Only (1989).

Both concerts take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre (116th Street and Broadway, NYC). Tickets are $25/$42 for both, available at and at the door. Discounts are available for students, CU faculty/staff, and seniors. For information, the public should call ACO at 212.977.8495.

About Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies
The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University sees jazz as a music without borders and ultimately without limits, a model for the integration of forward-thinking models of scholarly inquiry with innovative teaching and community dialogue. Our direction, which emphasizes the themes of internationalization, technology, and community, is realized by promoting research by innovative scholars in the arts, humanities, and sciences; encouraging excellence in the teaching of music and culture; and presenting public events that complement and extend the Center’s research and teaching. The Center views the interdisciplinary expansion of the intellectual conversation surrounding jazz, and especially its lifeblood practice, improvisation, as tracing a path toward the development of new knowledge that illuminates the human condition. For more information, visit

About Columbia University
A leading academic and research university, Columbia continually seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and addressing the complex issues of our time. Columbia’s extensive cultural collaborations and community partnerships help define the University’s underlying values and mission to educate students to be both leading scholars and informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia University in the City of New York is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. For more information, visit

About American Composers Orchestra
ACO is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promulgation of music by American composers. Entering its 34th season, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established artists, and increases awareness of the variety of American orchestral music. ACO incubates ideas, develops talent and catalyzes and advocates for American composers and their music. The orchestra’s activities include concerts, commissions, new music readings, recordings, broadcasts, and education programs. ACO has performed works by over 600 composers, including more than 200 world premieres and commissions. In addition to its major Improvise! Festival in 2004, ACO has commissioned and premiered many new works that incorporate jazz and improvisation, including Derek Bermel’s Migration Series in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and works by Donal Fox, Vijay Iyer, Uri Caine, George Lewis, Susie Ibarra, Fred Ho and others in its Orchestra Underground series at Carnegie Hall. For more information, visit

Support for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Fund for National Projects, the Fromm Music Foundation and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The concerts are presented in partnership with Columbia University.

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Concerts
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
116th and Broadway, New York, NY

Friday, July 23, 2010, 8:00 PM
Wet Ink
Carl Bettendorf, conductor

Leroy Jenkins – Wonderlust (2000)
Bernhard Lang – DW5 (2000)
Katharina Rosenberger – parcours III (2008)
Eric Wubbels – Euphony (2006)
Richard Barrett – Codex V (2007)

Saturday, July 24, 2010, 8:00 PM
American Composers Orchestra
Gil Rose, conductor
Earl Howard, electronics
J.D. Parran, clarinet and contra-alto clarinet

Anthony Davis: You Have the Right to Remain Silent (2007)
Roscoe Mitchell: Nonaah (World Premiere, new version for chamber orchestra)
Earle Brown: Available Forms 1 (1961)
Errollyn Wallen: The Girl in My Alphabet (World Premiere, new version for chamber orchestra)
John Zorn: For Your Eyes Only (1989)

Tickets: $25, available at the door and online at

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Conductor Anne MansonOn Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm in Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, conductor Anne Manson will make her American Composers Orchestra concert debut when she leads the ACO in “Orchestra Underground: Conversations”, a program featuring two world premieres: Sebastian Currier‘s Next Atlantis for orchestra, electronics and video and Time Lapse by ACO/Underwood Commission winner Roger Zare. The concert also includes Paquito D’Rivera‘s Conversations with Cachao which was written for bassist Israel López.

Each work in “Orchestra Underground: Conversations” has a distinct voice. Inspired by New Orleans, Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis, accompanied by a multimedia presentation by artist Pawel Wojtasik, weaves together sounds of water, elegiac strains for strings, murmurings of Dixieland, and visual depictions of an imagined future when the city is but a collective memory, having been fully submerged by the rising sea. According to Roger Zare, Time Lapse “explores sudden and gradual changes of time and momentum, and ideas are developed temporally as often as they are developed motivically.” Paquito D’Rivera’s Conversations with Cachao (2007) pays homage to the Cuban mambo star and bassist Israel “Cachao” López, and is built on elements of Cuban traditional music. Commissioned by the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, this work was conceived as a double concerto for contrabass, clarinet/alto sax & orchestra, it comprises three movements: Israel (Cachao’s first name), Guajira (a Cuban folk form) and The Return (a fantasy on the mind of every exiled Cuban). ACO’s performance will feature the composer on alto saxophone and clarinet, and Robert Black on double bass.
Composer Sebastian Currier
Tickets are $38 – $48. To purchase, call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or buy online at
The program will be repeated on Saturday, January 30 at 7:30pm in Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25; Call 215-898-3900 or visit

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