New Canons

A Hybrid Virtual & In-Person Performance

American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Peter Askim: Cary Hall at DiMenna Center
Bergamot Quartet: Murray Hill Groupmuse
Virtual Attendance Online
$5 reservation ($20 suggested donation)

Event Details

We usually try to ignore latency (the delay between live sound and transmitted sound) in virtual concerts…but what if it’s an integral part of the music?

Join American Composers Orchestra and Groupmuse Foundation for a hybrid in-person and virtual concert featuring works by two composers who experiment with latency and technology in their music, and three interactive works through which we welcome one another into a collective landscape in which all sounds become music.

Ray Lustig‘s Latency Canons calls for multiple string quartets and an orchestra to perform together while spread out across the world. Trevor New uses technology to manipulate latency for remote musicians in his newly commissioned work, Cohere. Pauline OliverosEnvironmental Dialogue invites us to hear and respond to sounds both within our own space and in those shared by participants near and far. All Possible Music by Chris Kallmyer is a collection of speculative scores that describe all of the music that could ever happen. A symphonious, surround-sound performance, Polyphonic Interlace by Raquel Acevedo Klein invites participants to travel amidst a sea of voices, emerging from several directions, as attendees are invited to play the piece’s musical tracks from their smartphones.

Audiences and performers alike will be dispersed and networked together in real time – American Composers Orchestra will perform at the DiMenna Center conducted by Peter Askim, the Bergamot Quartet will perform at the Murray Hill Groupmuse location, Ligeti Quartet and Alexandra Quartet from the United Kingdom, and seven soloists will participate from locations around the world, including:

  1. Diego Tejedor, violin | Buenos Aires, Argentina
  2. Bernd Keul, bass | Berlin, Germany
  3. Raymond Seng’enge, violin | Tanzania
  4. Gaurab Chatterjee, hand percussion | India
  5. Jocelyn Clark, Gayageum | Korea
  6. Patti Kilroy, violin | Los Angeles, California
  7. Trevor New, viola | New York, New York

ACO welcomes audience members to choose to experience this performance at a public gathering space, as an intimate concert in a private home, or as a fully digital event. $5 reservation ($20 suggested donation)

  1. Concert Hall: New Canons at DiMenna Center 🎫 [Buy Now]
  2.  Private Home: New Canons in Murray Hill  (address provided upon reservation) 🎫 [Buy Now]
  3. Virtual Event: Virtual New Canons 🎫 [Buy Now]

Streaming link provided 24 hours before event.

Doors open at 2:00pm. Music will begin promptly at 2:15pm.

This concert is co-presented by ACO and Groupmuse Foundation

About the Partners

Groupmuse is an online platform that has connected musicians to audiences since 2013 in living rooms, outdoor backyards, and other untraditional concert spaces. Groupmuse is a worker-owned cooperative and has presented more than 700 online concerts in support of musicians impacted by COVID-19.

The Groupmuse Foundation is a parallel nonprofit dedicated to expanding classical music to be more inclusive and vibrant by empowering musicians through financial, technological, and career support.

All audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization or the Food and Drug Administration and must maintain appropriate face coverings in accordance with current CDC guidelines. We have capped attendance at 50% seating capacity at DiMenna Center’s Cary Hall, and have arranged for a flexible, distanced seating arrangement. Learn more here.

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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