American Composers Orchestra (ACO) opens its 38th season with Orchestra Underground: Monk’s Sphere led by ACO Music Director George Manahan. The concert’s centerpiece is Night, a rare orchestral work by pioneering composer and performer Meredith Monk, holder of the 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, performed by ACO with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble. Monk protege Theo Bleckmann, a longtime member of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble, contributes and performs in My Brightest Garment, a new song for orchestra commissioned by Carnegie Hall for the occasion. The concert also features the world premiere of Clear Image, a raucous first orchestral piece by experimental-rock guitarist Ian Williams (of the band Battles), commissioned by ACO; Motormouth, a world premiere by rising-star composer and ACO’s 2013 Underwood Commission winner A.J. McCaffrey based on his experience as the father of a toddler; and the New York premiere of Loren Loiacono’s Stalks, Hounds which synthesizes the composer’s childhood remembrances of Barbie’s Dreamhouse and her later discovery of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe.
Founded in 1977, American Composers Orchestra remains the only orchestra in the world dedicated exclusively to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. To date, ACO has performed music by more than 700 American composers, including more than 300 world premieres and newly commissioned works. ACO’s Orchestra Underground, named for Zankel Hall (its subterranean state-of-the-art home) as well as the series’ subversive nature, seeks to reinvent the orchestra with new works that challenge convention, with diverse influences, unusual instruments and influences, multimedia and multi-disciplinary collaborations.
$43 mezzanine; $50 parterre.
Presented by American Composers Orchestra