American Composers Orchestra has announced a partnership with InstantEncore.com, which will offer free streaming of a variety of recent programs. One of the initial offerings at the site, instantencore.com/americancomposers, is the ACO’s February 22, 2009 concert at the University of Pennsylvania, “Orchestra Underground: New, Wired & Green.” That program included works by Kati Agócs, Fang Man, Margaret Brouwer, and David Schiff, conducted by George Manahan. Audience members at the February performance also received a promotional code allowing them to download Terry Riley’s Remember This O Mind, which the ACO performed in February 2008, with the composer. Also available at the site are ACO concerts from April 2008 (“Playing It Unsafe”) and November 2008 (Orchestra Underground season opener, with works by Clint Needham, Keeril Makan, Gregory Spears, Kamran Ince, and Fred Ho). The ACO plans to make future concerts available for free streaming, and is considering making select recordings available for paid downloading.
Photo of George Manahan conducting the American Composers Orchestra courtesy of ACO.