American Composers Orchestra’s 27th Annual Underwood New Music Readings is a chance to witness the process involved in bringing new, diverse orchestral music to life. The first day of Readings, an open rehearsal, is Thursday, June 21 at 10:30am; the second day of Readings is Friday, June 22, at 7:30pm, during which the new works will be polished and performed in their entirety. Selected composers, representing a broad spectrum of musical backgrounds and sound worlds, are Carlos Bandera, Lily Chen, Scott Lee, Ryan Lindveit, Tomas Peire Serrate, and Liliya Ugay. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new piece to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season. ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel directs the Readings; ACO Music Director George Manahan conducts. In addition, the Readings offer a Career Development Workshop for composers, students, or anyone interested in exploring the business and realities of being a professional composer on Thursday, June 22 from 10am-3pm.