American Composers Orchestra Opens Season at Zankel Hall

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The American Composers Orchestra performs a program of new music that draws on the visual arts at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall tonight, in the first concert of the 27-year-old group's 2004-05 season.

Tonight's concert, conducted by music director Steven Sloane, includes Randall Woolf's Women at an Exhibition, a multimedia work based on images of women from the collection of the Akron Art Museum. The ACO will give the world premiere of a new version for electronics, video, and chamber orchestra.

Also on the program is the New York premiere of Michael Daugherty's violin concerto Fire and Blood, which was inspired by a mural by Diego Rivera about the automobile industry; Ida Kavafian plays the solo part.

In addition, ACO performs Morton Feldman's de Kooning, which originated as the score for a 1963 documentary about the Abstract Expressionist painter Willem de Kooning; and selections from Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George, the 1985 musical inspired by pointillist Georges Seurat's painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte.

The ACO's season continues with two programs of world premieres on January 21 and February 23, 2005, and ends with the orchestra's annual New Music Readings on May 5 and 6 at Columbia University.

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