Monday, May 15, 2017

American Composers Orchestra, Symphony Space Tue. May 23, 8 PM features Carlos Simon's "Portrait of a Queen," tracing the journey of African American women

Carlos Simon, Composer of "Portrait of a Queen"

American Composers Orchestra writes:

The American Composers Orchestra's next concert, Parables, at Symphony Space in New York City on Tuesday, May 23 at 8 pm will be led by guest conductor Rossen Milanov and inaugurates a new partnership between American Composers Orchestra and Symphony Space.

The concert will feature the world premiere of ACO’s 2016 Underwood New Music Readings commission winner Carlos Simon’s "Portrait of a Queen" with narrator Rehanna Thelwell, which traces the journey of African-Americans in America from the female perspective. The program also includes John Corigliano’s Troubadours: Variations for Guitar and Orchestra featuring star guitarist Sharon Isbin, for whom the piece was written; plus the world premiere of Nina C. Young’s Out of whose womb came the ice featuring baritone David Tinervia with video by R. Luke DuBois, which tells the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition of 1914-17; and the New York premiere of Bright Sheng’s Postcards, a work that explores the folk music of different regions of China.

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