Concert Review: Sanctuary -3/25/22

ACO returned to Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall for Sanctuary, a concert that explored the places, company, and states of mind in which composers seek inviolable refuge, led by conductor Marin Alsop and featuring violin soloist Jennifer Koh. The program included the New York premiere of Lisa Bielawa’s Sanctuary, a concerto written for Koh. Bielawa’s Sanctuary is an extraordinary historical research project around this powerful word, documenting the rhetoric around founding American principles and every important struggle along the way. Anna Clyne’s Restless Oceans from 2018 is inspired by a poem by Audre Lorde; the musicians raise their voices in song and use their feet to stand united in a defiant work that embraces the power of women. Hannah Kendall’s alternately buoyant and serene Tuxedo: Vasco ‘de’ Gama takes its title from Jean-Michel Basquiat’s iconic collection of diagrammatic block pieces. With a nod to the traditional African American spiritual “Wade in the Water,” the work conjures both the majesty and elegance highlighted by the artist as well as Kendall’s own reflective take on the history of globalization and multiculturalism ushered in by the Portuguese explorer. Newly commissioned works by Dai Wei and Paula Matthusen complete this rich musical odyssey.

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A photo review of ACO’s long-awaited return to Carnegie Hall in the Spring of 2022. Please enjoy this look back!

New York Classical Review feature on Sanctuary is available here

Artistic Director Derek Bermel scans the crowd.
Guest conductor Marin Alsop welcomed the audience.
A sold-out house to mark ACO’s first time in Carnegie in over two years.
Composer Hannah Kendall introduces her work with guest conductor Marin Alsop.
Composer Paula Matthusen introduces the world premiere of Prophecy in Reverse.
Composer and EarShot Alum Dai Wei speaks about the world premiere of Invisible Portals.
Composer Lisa Bielawa introduces the New York premiere of Sanctuary.
Violinist Jennifer Koh performing Bielawa’s Sanctuary.
ACO’s Board Chair Sameera Troesch applauds the final notes of the night.
The ensemble takes a final bow.

Sanctuary After Party at Tanner Smith’s

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