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American Composers Orchestra

244 West 54th Street, Suite 805, NY, NY 10019, NY      

ACO is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO champions today’s brightest emerging and established composers, incubates new ideas, develops talent, and serves as an advocate for American composers. The creation of new opportunities for American composers and new orchestral music is ACO’s central purpose.

 ACO’s Orchestra Underground challenges conventional notions about symphonic music, embracing collaborative work, new technologies and multimedia. ACO’s initiatives have included the SONiC: Sounds of a New Century festival of young composers; a Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute; a national network to identify promising emerging composers; the Improvise! festival; a celebration of the Millennium based on provocative American themes and ideas; Sonidos de las Américas festivals devoted to Latin American music; Coming to America: Immigrant Sounds/Immigrant Voices; and Orchestra Tech, which encouraged music uniting orchestral forces and technology.

 ACO received the Met Life Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. ASCAP’s prize for adventurous programming was awarded to ACO 35 times, and it was singled out as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States” for an unprecedented seven years.

Sanctum by Courtney Bryan

American Composers Orchestra commissioned and premiered Sanctum by Courtney Bryan on April 9, 2015 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, is “a pianist and composer of panoramic inter¬ests” (New York Times). Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and jazz idioms, film scores, and collaborations with dancers, visual artists, writers, and actors, and is in conversation with various musical genres.

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Double Trouble by Uri Caine

American Composers Orchestra commissioned and premiered revised version of Double Trouble by Uri Caine on April 9, 2015 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Uri Caine has received commis¬sions from the Vienna Volksoper, The Seattle Chamber Players, Relache, The Beaux Arts Trio, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Con¬certo Koln and ACO. Caine was the director of the Venice Biennale for Music in 2003. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for The Othello Syndrome.

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Tarnished Mirrors by Andy Akiho

American Composers Orchestra commissioned and premiered Tarnished Mirrors by Andy Akiho on October 16, 2015 at Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer of contemporary classical music. Recent engagements include premieres by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall. In 2014 Andy was selected for ACO’s Underwood New Music Readings for emerging composers.

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