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ACO: New York Stories (WNYC New Sounds Live)

JACK Quartet - Tetras (1983) by Iannis Xenakis

ACO: New York Stories (WNYC New Sounds Live)

This event is FREE and open to the public
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Presented by Arts Brookfield
Part of New Sounds Live, curated by WNYC's John Schaefer

GEORGE MANAHAN, Music Director & Conductor


DM (David) STITH, vocals

THE CROSSING, Donald Nally, Director

NICK YULMAN, robotic instruments


All World Premieres

ANGÉLICA NEGRÓN: Me He Perdido (I’ve Gotten Lost)

ANDY AKIHO: Tarnished Mirrors

ALEX MINCEK: Continuo, Concerto for JACK Quartet



ACO celebrates the vitality of New York City with a free ALL-WORLD-PREMIERE concert. Indie vocalist DM Stith is front-man for Judd Greenstein’s interpretation of Walt Whitman’s famous “Mannahatta” and “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Andy Akiho integrates Caribbean-via-Brooklyn steel pan into the orchestra. Alex Mincek navigates the streets between string quartet and orchestra, and Angélica Negrón creates an immersive urban landscape when mechanical instruments are added to the orchestra.

The JACK Quartet has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Suntory Hall, Salle Pleyel, La Biennale di Venezia, the Lucerne Festiva, Bali Arts Festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival, Festival Internacional Cervatino, Kölner Philharmonie, Donaueschinger Musiktage, and many others. JACK was recently awarded Lincoln Center's Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA's Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.

Comprised of violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, JACK commissions new works from leading composers. Composers John Luther Adams, Derek Bermel, Chaya Czernowin, James Dillon, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Vijay Iyer, Steve Mackey, Roger Reynolds, Salvatore Sciarrino, John Zorn and numerous others closely work with JACK.

JACK’s nonprofit structure is dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Workshops with young performers and composers at Princeton University, Yale University, Harvard University, New York University, the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, June in Buffalo, and others schools help JACK further their mission. The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music and studied closely with other contemporary classical string groups.

About American Composers Orchestra

Now in its 38th season, American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO makes the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. Through concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, internet and radio broadcasts, educational programs, New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.

To date, ACO has performed music by more than 700 American composers, including nearly 300 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In addition to SONiC, orchestra’s innovative programs have included Sonidos de las Américas, six annual festivals devoted to Latin American composers and their music; Coming to America, a program immersing audiences in the ongoing evolution of American music through the work of immigrant composers; Orchestra Tech, a long-term initiative to integrate new digital technologies in the symphony orchestra; Improvise!, a festival devoted to the exploration of improvisation and the orchestra; coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe, a new laboratory for the research and development of experimental new works for orchestra; and Orchestra Underground, ACO’s entrepreneurial cutting-edge orchestral ensemble that embraces new technology, eclectic instruments, influences, and spatial orientation of the orchestra, new experiments in the concert format, and multimedia and multidisciplinary collaborations.

Composer development has been at the core of ACO's mission since its founding. In addition to its annual Underwood New Music Readings and Commission, ACO also provides a range of additional educational and professional development activities, including composer residencies and fellowships. In 2008, ACO launched EarShot, a multi-institutional network that assists orchestras around the country in mounting new music readings. Recent and upcoming Earshot programs have included the Detroit, Berkeley, La Jolla, Nashville, Memphis, Colorado, San Diego Symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. For more information visit The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, launched in 2010 and continuing in 2015, supports jazz artists who desire to write for the symphony.

Among the honors ACO has received are special awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and from BMI recognizing the orchestra’s outstanding contribution to American music. ASCAP has awarded its annual prize for adventurous programming to ACO 36 times, singling out ACO as “the orchestra that has done the most for American music in the United States.” ACO received the inaugural MetLife Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, and a proclamation from the New York City Council. In 2015, ACO was awarded the Champion of New Music Award by American Composers Forum.

ACO recordings are available on ARGO, CRI, ECM, Point, Phoenix USA, MusicMasters, Nonesuch, Tzadik, New World Records,, and iTunes. ACO’s digital albums include Playing It UNsafe (March 2011),Emerging Composers Series: Vol. 1 (February 2012), Orchestra Underground: X10D (June 2012), and Orchestra Underground: Tech & Techno (July 2014). ACO has also released Orchestra Underground: A-V, a groundbreaking album of multimedia works available for free streaming at SONiC: Double Live, an album of all world premieres from the inaugural SONiC festival, will be released this fall.

Photo: Yvonne Albinowski

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