American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its 38th season with Orchestra Underground: Sins & Songs led by ACO Music Director George Manahan. Shara Worden and her pop “alter-ego” My Brightest Diamond headline this program bringing the worlds of cabaret, pop, and jazz traditions into the orchestra concert hall. Kurt Weill’s cult classic The Seven Deadly Sins anchors the evening with Worden taking the lead and six-man piano and vocal ensemble Hudson Shad as “The Family.” As My Brightest Diamond, Worden performs her own evocative genre-bending songs, and then selections from Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered, songs that are about memory, innocence, and the ways we cope with an unpredictable world, recalling the composer’s childhood in rural Massachusetts. Composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder shakes up the gothic horror of Dracula with his own roots in jazz in the American premiere of DraKOOL. Carman Moore, a composer who not only defies categories, but “treats them with disdain” (New York Times) offers MADIBA (world premiere), commissioned by ACO and inspired by the life of Nelson Mandela, featuring cello soloist Khari Joyner.
In addition to the works performed on Sins & Songs, ACO’s 2014-2015 season includes premieres by a diverse group of composers including Wynton Marsalis, Ian Williams, Theo Bleckmann, Courtney Bryan, Uri Caine, A.J. McCaffrey, and Loren Loaicano. In April, ACO gives the New York premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony at Jazz at Lincoln Center; the concert will also feature a world premiere commissioned by ACO from Courtney Bryan, a past participant in ACO’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, plus a revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble commissioned by ACO.
$43 mezzanine; $50 parterre.
Presented by American Composers Orchestra