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.