The American Composers Orchestra has announced details of its 2010-11 season, which marks the start of George Manahan’s first concerts as the ensemble’s music director. Highlights of the season include the world premieres of John Luther Adams’s The Light Within; Wang Jie’s From the Other Sky; Doug Cuomo’s Black Diamond Express to Hell, featuring cellist Maya Beiser; Jerome Kitzke’s The Fire at 4 a.m.; Christopher Trapani’s Westering, featuring the composer as hexaphonic guitar soloist; and Ryan Francis’s Highline. The three ACO “Orchestra Underground” concerts featuring these works will take place at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. Also planned for the season is the ACO’s 20th annual Underwood New Music Readings, set for June 3 and 4, 2011 at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, followed by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings on June 5 and 6, also at Columbia University, co-presented by the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia. The ACO’s Composers OutFront! series will take place throughout the season at New York City venues such as community centers, museums, libraries, and other nontraditional venues. Founded in 1977, the ACO performs music exclusively by American composers; to date the group has played music by more than 600 American composers, including 200 world premieres and newly commissioned works.
Posted July 30, 2010