Concert Review: The Natural Order – 10/20/22

The Natural Order explored 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 included 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 grappled with our centuries-long struggle to harmonize with Mother Nature sharing both apocalyptic and aspirational visions of humanity’s future.

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All photos were taken by Alfred Kan.

Pre-Concert Reception

Guests Jeri Sedlar and John Baumgardner connect at the pre-concert reception.

ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel with host Jill Steinberg.
ACO Director of Development Lyndsay Werking greets composer Mark Adamo.

The Natural Order

ACO President and CEO Melissa Ngan welcomes audiences.
Guest ensemble Attacca Quartet commands the stage with ACO for the world premiere of Seven Sides of Fire by inti fiiggis-vizueta.
Composer inti figgis-vizueta, conductor Mei-Ann Chen and Attacca Quartet take a bow.
Composer Mark Adamo, conductor Mei-Ann Chen, composer inti figgis-vizueta, and ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel discuss works on the concert.
A young patron enjoys the performances. 
Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performing in NY premiere of Mark Adamo’s Last Year.
ACO President & CEO Melissa Ngan celebrates Artistic Director Derek Bermel with a thank you gift commemorating his 10-year tenure with ACO.
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen listens as composer Yvette Janine Jackson shares the inspiration behind her piece Hello, Tomorrow!
Composer Viet Cuong takes in the applause after his piece re(new)al.
Sandbox Percussion, Cuong and Chen take their bows for the final performance of the evening.

After Party at Tanner Smith’s

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