The Natural Order explores our relationship to the Earth in an age of climate anxiety, led by conductor Mei-Ann Chen and featuring the Attacca Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and cello soloist Jeffrey Zeigler. The program includes the New York premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year, a dystopian reflection on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Viet Cuong’s highly charged Re(new)al is a concerto for percussion quartet inspired by the power of hydro, wind, and solar energies. Complemented with newly commissioned works by inti figgis-vizueta and Yvette Janine Jackson, the program grapples with our centuries-long struggle to harmonize with Mother Nature sharing both apocalyptic and aspirational visions of humanity’s future.
Read on for exclusive composer interviews and conductor conversations!
ACO’s Director of Artist Equity, Garrett McQueen, interviewed each featured composer of The Natural Order concert including Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta, and Yvette Janine Jackson. Two of those interviews also included guest soloists cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Victor Caccese of Sandbox Percussion. Please enjoy the video interviews we have linked below.
Q&A about world premiere of Yvette Janine Jackson’s Hello, Tomorrow!, developed via ACO’s EarShot CoLABoratory residency program.
Q&A about the NY premiere of Viet Cuong’s re(new)al, written for Sandbox Percussion.
As we prepare for The Natural Order we look back on this Conductor’s Roundtable with orchestral conductors Mei-Ann Chen and David Alan Miller, moderated by Derek Bermel. In this conversation, Mei-Ann and David provide insight into the conductor-composer relationship, programming new works, and the role of the conductor in championing the work of composers.
Mei-Ann Chen will be conducting the works of Mark Adamo, Viet Cuong, inti figgis-vizueta and Yvette Janine Jackson at The Natural Order.