Commission Club: An Exploration of Sanctuary with Lisa Bielawa

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In the 2020-21 season, ACO’s Commission Club will support Lisa Bielawa’s new work Sanctuary, written for violin and string orchestra featuring Jennifer Koh. Join the Commission Club for access to this special event.

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Be part of a new musical work: from the composer’s first creative spark to the premiere at Carnegie Hall. You support fees paid to the composer, printing, rehearsal and performance costs. We invite you to exclusive events to interact with the artists, like this discussion about with Lisa Bielawa about her extensive research when composing her piece, Sanctuary.

“My task was simple: find instances of the use of ‘sanctuary’ in a broad range of American writings, in order to reach a greater understanding of its layered meaning within American consciousness. I undertook the historical research for the Sanctuary project at the American Antiquarian Society in MA, where I was the William Randolph Hearst Artist Fellow in July 2018. I explored broadsides, poetry, political tracts and speeches, novels and children’s literature – vernacular as well as statesmanlike works – discovering writings that capture the off-hand use of the word in different eras of American history.” -Lisa Bielawa


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