Listen: American Composers Orchestra's 'Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts'

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

American Composers Orchestra delivers world premieres at Carnegie Hall on October 23, 2015. (SONiC Festival)

On October 23, the American Composers Orchestra closed the 2015 SONiC Festival with "Orchestra Underground: 21st Firsts" at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. This concert consisted of five world premieres of orchestral music from composers under 40.

Hawaii-born composer Michael-Thomas Foumai's The Spider Thread is inspired by the Buddhist writing of the early 20th century Japanese author Ryṻnosuke Akutagawa. Composer Hannah Lash joined the orchestra on harp for her Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra.

Judah Adashi's Sestina, set to a poem of the same name by Ciara Shuttleworth, featured a vocal performance from Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw. Conrad Winslow's Joint Account for Orchestra and Video incorporates the Baroque techniques of German composer-theorist Johann Mattheson into the 21st century and uses video as a virtual instrumentalist.


Michael-Thomas Foumai - The Spider Thread

Melody Eotvos - Red Dirt | Silver Rain

Hannah Lash - Concerto for Harp and Chamber Orchestra

Judah Adashi - Sestina for Voice and Orchestra

Conrad Winslow - Joint Account

This performance was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jeremy Kinney.

The American Composers Orchestra’s inaugural SONiC Festival, presented in 2011, was hailed as "a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium" (The Guardian). The second edition returned in 2015 with over 20 world premieres, and music from over 80 composers age 40 and under at venues across New York City. Q2 Music is the digital media partner of the SONiC Festival, and all concerts will be available for on-demand streaming at

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