Past Performances & Events

Brian Nabors & ACO Sextet

October 4, 2020 5:00 pm
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Composer-to-Composer Talks: Chen Yi/Zhou Long/Kerwin Young

December 2, 2020 5:00 pm
Online Video Stream

Composer-to-Composer Talks: John Corigliano/Mason Bates

January 27, 2021 5:00 pm
Online Video Stream

Composer-to-Composer Talks: Joan Tower / Conor Brown

February 24, 2021 5:00 pm
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Festival Pass (7 Events): Connecting ACO Community Volume 3

September 23, 2020 5:00 pm
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Wynton Guess & Aaron Diehl

August 16, 2020 5:00 pm
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Amina Figarova with Susan Palma Nidel & Laura Conwesser

August 23, 2020 5:00 pm
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Vincent Calianno & Michael Seltzer

September 3, 2020 5:00 pm
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Tanner Porter & Eric Jacobsen/Aoife O’Donovan

August 2, 2020 5:00 pm
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Dawn Norfleet & Clarice Assad

August 30, 2020 5:00 pm
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Guy Mintus & Kelly Hall-Tompkins

September 23, 2020 5:00 pm
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Composer-to-Composer Talks: Meredith Monk/Missy Mazzoli

March 31, 2021 5:00 pm
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Alejandro Basulto Martinez & Alecia Lawyer

Connecting ACO Community: Experience Lembit Beecher's new work for cellist Seth Parker Woods, followed by a Q&A with the composer and performer
July 19, 2020 5:00 pm
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Composer-to-Composer Talk: Tania León/Angélica Negrón

April 28, 2021 5:00 pm
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Lembit Beecher & Seth Parker Woods

Connecting ACO Community: Experience Lembit Beecher's new work for cellist Seth Parker Woods, followed by a Q&A with the composer and performer
July 12, 2020 5:00 pm
Online Video Stream

Creative Spark with Lisa Bielawa

June 10, 2021 6:00 pm
Zoom

29th Underwood New Music Readings (2020)

March 13, 2020 7:30 pm
Marian Anderson Theater, Aaron Davis Hall at The City College of New York

New England Echoes

A celebration of composers with roots in New England
November 13, 2019 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Earshot Reading (2020)

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. This year, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra participant composers will work closely with mentor composers Robert Beaser, Chen Yi, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, as well as conductor Bradley Thachuk.  
January 27, 2020 8:30 am
Kleinhans Music Hall

Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra EarShot New Music Reading (2019)

In keeping with ACO’s commitment to customizing the EarShot residencies to the participating orchestra’s programming requests, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra selected 3 Mexican composers and 3 American composers for their residency.
August 12, 2019 9:00 am
Teatro Aguascalientes

28th Underwood New Music Reading (2019)

American Composers Orchestra announces the 28th Annual Underwood New Music Readings on May 23 and 24, 2019 at NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater
May 23, 2019 8:30 am
NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater

Where We Lost Our Shadows

ACO presents the NY premiere of Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar’s Where We Lost Our Shadows, a new multidisciplinary work for orchestra, film, and vocalists.
April 11, 2019 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Sarasota Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings

EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in partnership with American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA, is the nation’s first ongoing program for identifying and promoting the most promising orchestral composers on the national stage.
March 12, 2019 1:00 pm
Holley Hall

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2019)

EarShot, an initiative of American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in partnership with American Composers Forum, League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA, is the nation’s first ongoing program for identifying and promoting the most promising orchestral composers on the national stage.
March 2, 2019 8:00 am
DSO Orchestra Hall

Phenomenal Women

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.
November 2, 2018 7:30 pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Grand Rapids Symphony Earshot New Music Readings (2019)

Grand Rapids Symphony Earshot New Music Readings
September 25, 2018 7:30 pm
The Morton

The Philadelphia Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2018)

The Philadelphia Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings
September 5, 2018 7:00 pm
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

27th Underwood New Music Readings (2018)

In ACO’s 40-year history, 26 of those years have included a New Music Reading program, first known as the Whitaker New Music Readings and subsequently as the Underwood New Music Readings. They have become one of this country’s most coveted opportunities for emerging composers.
June 21, 2018 8:00 am
NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2018)

EarShot (the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network) announces ten emerging composers chosen from a national candidate pool to participate in New Music Readings presented by Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Charlotte Symphony, and Jacksonville Symphony.
April 20, 2018 12:00 am
Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall

Charlotte Symphony Earshot New Music Readings (2018)

On Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10am, EarShot (the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network) and the Charlotte Symphony present the readings of new works by three emerging composers, at Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall (207 Faculty Drive) led by Charlotte Symphony Assistant Conductor Christopher James Lees.
February 28, 2018 8:00 am
Knobloch Campus Center

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Earshot New Music Readings (2018)

Join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic as it teams up with three living composers at a free general-admission performance.
February 6, 2018 5:00 pm
First Wayne Street United Methodist Church

26th Underwood New Music Readings (2017)

In ACO’s 40 year history, 26 of those years have included a New Music Reading program, first known as The Whitaker New Music Readings and subsequently as The Underwood New Music Readings. They have become one of this country’s most coveted opportunities for emerging composers.
June 22, 2017 10:30 am
Dimen

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2016)

The American Composers Orchestra, partnered with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, meets for the 2016-17 season's Earshot New Music Readings.
September 23, 2016 8:00 am
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Hall

Buffalo Philharmonic JCOI New Music Readings (2016)

ACO partners with the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra for their 2016-17 Earshot New Music Readings
September 21, 2016 8:00 am
Kleinhans Music Hall

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings (2016)

The American Composers Orchestra hosts the 2016 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings.
June 14, 2016 12:00 am
Miller Theater at Columbia University

25th Underwood New Music Readings (2016)

25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings for emerging composers.
June 13, 2016 8:00 am
Miller Theater at Columbia University

EarShot Naples Philharmonic Jazz Composers Readings

The JCOI Readings by the Naples Philharmonic will take place at Artis-Naples Hayes Hall, with mentor composers Vincent Mendoza (composer/arranger), James Newton (JCOI Director; University of California, Los Angeles), and Derek Bermel (Artistic Director, ACO), conducted by Naples Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Yaniv Segal.
May 25, 2016 12:00 am
Artis–Naples’ Hayes Hall

24th Underwood New Music Readings (2015)

24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings for emerging composers.
May 6, 2015 12:00 am
Dimen

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2015)

ACO partners with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for their 2015-16 Earshot New Music Readings
October 27, 2015 12:30 pm
Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Berkeley Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2015)

ACO partners with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for their 2014-15 Earshot New Music Readings
May 2, 2015 12:00 pm
The Osher Studio

Buffalo Philharmonic Earshot New Music Readings (2015)

ACO partners with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their 2014-15 Earshot New Music Readings
February 10, 2015 7:30 am
Kleinhans Music Hall

23rd Underwood New Music Readings (2014)

The American Composers Orchestra meets for their 23rd Annual Underwood New Music readings.
June 6, 2014 8:30 am
Dimen Hall

New York Philharmonic Earshot New Music Readings (2014)

The ACO partners with the New York Philharmonic for their 2014 Earshot New Music Readings featuring American Composers.
June 3, 2014 8:00 am
David Geffen Hall at Carnegie Hall

“Under Construction” Berkeley Symphony Earshot New Music Readings (2014) Part II

The ACO partners with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for a two part New Music readings with esteemed American composers. Composers not only get the opportunity to hear their works performed by a live orchestra, but they will revise their works for a second reading after two months.
May 4, 2014 12:00 pm
The Osher Studio

“Classical Roots” Detroit Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2014)

The ACO partners with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for their 2014 Earshot New Music readings titled "Classical Roots"
March 8, 2014 6:00 pm
DSO Orchestra Hall

“Under Construction” Berkeley Symphony Earshot New Music Readings (2014) Part I

The ACO partners with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for a two part New Music readings with esteemed American composers. Composers not only get the opportunity to hear their works performed by a live orchestra, but they will revise their works for a second reading after two months.
February 2, 2014 4:00 pm
The Osher Studio

Buffalo Philharmonic JCOI New Music Readings (2013)

The ACO and the Buffalo Philharmonic present the 2013 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Earshot New Music Readings featuring the some of the country's most talented emerging American Jazz composers.
April 23, 2013 9:00 am
Kleinhans Music Hall

22nd Underwood New Music Readings (2013)

April 8, 2013 8:30 am
Miller Theater at Columbia University

21st Underwood New Music Readings (2012)

21st Annual Underwood New Music Readings and Commission
June 1, 2012 8:00 am
Miller Theater at Columbia University

San Diego Earshot New Music Readings (2012)

The ACO partners with the San Diego Symphony for their 2012 Earshot New Music Readings
April 19, 2012 8:00 am
San Diego

Buffalo Philharmonic Earshot New Music Readings (2011)

The ACO partners with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their 2011 Earshot New Music Readings.
February 9, 2011 12:00 am
Kleinhans Music Hall

Pioneer Valley Symphony Earshot New Music Readings (2010)

The ACO partners with the Pioneer Valley Symphony for their 2010 Earshot New Music Readings.
April 16, 2010 12:00 am
Rhode Island

19th Underwood New Music Readings (2010)

May 20, 2010 5:30 pm
Miller Theater at Columbia University

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2009)

The ACO partners with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for their first season of Earshot New Music Readings
July 17, 2009 12:00 am
Boettcher Concert Hall

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Earshot New Music Readings (2009)

The ACO joins the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for their very first Earshot New Music Reading
May 20, 2009 3:00 pm
Canon Center for the Performing Arts

18th Underwood New Music Readings (2009)

May 6, 2009 1:30 pm
Miller Theater at Columbia University

17th Underwood New Music Readings (2008)

The American Composers Orchestra presents the 17th Annual Underwood New Music Readings.
May 5, 2008 5:30 pm
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

16th Underwood New Music Readings (2007)

American Composers Orchestra announces its 16th annual Underwood New Music Reading Sessions
May 8, 2007 9:00 am
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

15th Underwood New Music Readings (2006)

American Composers Orchestra announces its 15th annual Underwood New Music Readings Sessions and Commission.
May 18, 2006 9:00 am
Miller Theater at Columbia University

14th Underwood New Music Readings (2005)

American Composers Orchestra announces its 14th annual Underwood New Music Readings Sessions and CommissionAmerican Composers Orchestra announces its 14th annual Underwood New Music Readings Sessions and Commission.
May 5, 2005 9:30 am
Alfred Lerner Hall at Columbia University

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