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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
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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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