2022 Creative Catalyst Awards & Gala

Bryant Park Grill

25 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018
RSVP by March 1, 2022

Event Details

ACO’s 2022 Gala launches the inaugural year of ACO’s Creative Catalyst Award, which recognizes artists and leaders who exemplify its core values of discovery, diversity, disruption.

2022Creative Catalyst Award Recipients are American conductor and violinist Marin Alsop; one of the most prominent African-American female executives in Silicon Valley and current executive-in-residence at Cornell Tech, Denise Young Smith; and Cuban-American fourteen-time Grammy winner Paquito D’Rivera.


Event Details

6:30pm Cocktails | 7:30pm Dinner and Performance

RSVP by March 1st | Festive Attire


Performances & Creative Experiences by

Paquito D’Rivera
Paula Matthusen
Jonathan McCrory
Trevor New
Jason Michael Webb
Jeffrey Zeigler
ACO musicians
Students from ACO’s Sonic Spark Educational Programs


Honorary Committee

Mark Adamo, composer and John Corigliano, composer
John Adams, composer
Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director, National Black Theatre
Kamilah Forbes, Executive Producer, Apollo Theater
Philip Glass, composer*
Jennifer Koh, violinist
David Ludwig, Dean and Director of the Music Division, Juilliard


Gala Committee

Astrid R. Baumgardner*
Derek Bermel*
Jane Cavalier*
Michael Fehrman*
Marilyn Go*
Augusta Gross*
Benjamin Hildner*
Jonathan Bailey Holland*
Tess Mateo*
Annette McEvoy*
Samir Nikocevic*
Geoffroy van Raemdonck*
Karen Slack*
Toyin Spellman-Diaz*
Sameera Troesch*
Melinda Wagner*
Frederick Wertheim*


*indicates ACO Board Member

Our Mission & Vision

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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