2023 Gala and Creative Catalyst Awards

Fogo de Chão

40 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Event Details

ACO invites you to kick off the 2023-24 season with us at our 2023 Gala & Creative Catalyst Awards, a joyful celebration of the music and culture of the Americas honoring three visionary leaders – Paquito D’Rivera, Dr. Indira Entwaroo, and Edward Yim – who exemplify our core values of artistry, creativity, community, and equity.

Meet rising stars of tomorrow over a caipirinha at the bar. Discover new sounds with NYC’s most culturally curious. Make lifelong connections through the one-of-a-kind communal dining experience that is Brazilian churrasco. And, because it’s a party after all, bring out your most creative festive attire!

Save the date and join us for a night featuring music by composer & saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, soprano Chrystal E. Williams, forró musician Felipe Hostins, composer Raquel Acevedo Klein, and sound artist Chris Kallmyer, among others, and a fabulous dinner.

Founded in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fogo de Chão‘s interactive tableside service features fire roasted meats, fish, and vegan/vegetarian entrees alongside Fogo’s signature Market Table spread inspired by the farms of Southern Brazil where family and friends gather to share the finest and freshest from their harvests.

We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of enthralling performances, sparkling company, and delicious food, while supporting the expansion of ACO’s national EarShot composer advancement programs, orchestral performances, and educational initiatives.


6:00pm Cocktail Hour

7:00pm Awards Ceremony & Performances

7:30pm Dinner & Dessert


For information on sponsorship levels and tickets, please email Lyndsay Werking at lyndsay@americancomposers.org. Full details will be announced in the coming weeks. Capacity is limited.


NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of 14 combined Grammy and Latin Grammy awards with his celebrated musical career that reflects a dedication to jazz, bebop, and Latin music, including his impressive contributions to classical music. In his passion to bring Latin repertoire to greater prominence, D’Rivera has successfully created and championed all types of classical compositions, including chamber compositions and symphonies. His second National Symphony commission “The Journey” premiered in 2022 with Yo-Yo Ma as Soloist.

Dr. Indira Etwaroo is an award-winning producer, director, scholar, and non-profit arts leader, and currently serves as the Director of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple. Previously, she led RestorationART and The Billie Holiday Theatre through radical growth, including the launch of the first national strategic plan for Black theaters, The Black Seed.

As Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President of WQXR, Edward Yim is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision that helps WQXR reach a broader, more inclusive audience, drives digital innovation, bolsters the station’s role in New York City’s arts and culture ecosystem, and increases WQXR’s relevance and service to the city’s communities. Prior to joining WQXR, he served as President & CEO of the American Composers Orchestra.

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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