“When we began assembling programs around commissions from Valerie, Alex Temple, and Du Yun, we didn’t set out with the goal of featuring women (the iconic Morton Feldman being the sole male voice in our concerts this season). We simply programmed the music we wanted to share with you—music we believe in, music we love. But taking a step back, we were pleased that the result is a season of women’s voices, which demonstrates their vitality in American music today. An exciting generation of composers emerges with every call for scores and reading sessions that ACO produces through the annual Underwood New Music Readings in New York (May 23 and 24—mark your calendars!) and through EarShot in partnership with orchestras nationwide. With all that talent, inclusion and quality definitely go hand in hand. We hope that our beloved and iconic American composers—such as Copland, Bernstein, and Barber—would have been darn pleased.
A final note, to one of our great living American composers: September 8marked the 80th birthday of the remarkable Joan Tower. Joan wrote her first large orchestral work for ACO in 1981, and we are delighted to help celebrate her milestone year with a performance of Chamber Dance tonight. It was commissioned by our good colleagues at Orpheus Chamber Orchestra about a decade ago, and by bringing it back, ACO stands strong in our commitment to help cement great works of American music into the standing repertoire”
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