Volume One runs from October 14, 2020 through February 3, 2021.
This fall, American Composers Orchestra (ACO) launches two new online programming initiatives – ACO’s Composer to Composer Talks and Professional Development Webinars. ACO’s Composer to Composer Talks feature major American composers in talks about their work and leading a creative life. Professional Development Webinars, a new platform for emerging composers, feature leading industry professionals in panel discussions.
ACO’s Composer to Composer Talks are intergenerational discussions, which will begin by listening to and exploring a featured work selected by one of the composers, with one composer interviewing the other. Composer pairings have been inspired by existing collaborative and student-mentor relationships between the musicians. Volume One runs from October 21, 2020 through January 27, 2021 and includes composers George Lewis, Courtney Bryan, and Damon Holzborn (October 21); Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Kerwin Young (December 2); William Bolcom and Gabriela Lena Frank (January 13); and John Corigliano and Mason Bates (January 27). Volume Two, to be announced in January 2021, will include composers Missy Mazzoli and Meredith Monk, among others.
Attendees will gain insight to each work’s genesis, sound, and influence on the American orchestral canon, and will be invited to ask questions of the artists. Events will be live-streamed and available for on-demand viewing for seven days following the live event. The conversations will also be archived by Oral History of American Music (OHAM) within Yale University’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. Single tickets are available on a sliding scale of $15-30; subscriptions will range from $45-$90 for four events.
ACO’s Composer to Composer Talks – Volume One Schedule:
October 21, 2020 at 5pm ET: George Lewis’s Virtual Concerto
with George Lewis, Courtney Bryan, Damon Holzborn
Tickets & Information: http://bit.ly/ComposerToComposerLewis
Courtney Bryan and Damon Holzborn talk with George Lewis about
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jaime Martín, announces its 2020-21 Season, entitled LACO Close Quarters, featuring a robust slate of 16 original digital programs with sweeping repertoire and compelling visual elements directed by groundbreaking director/designer/artist James Darrah, who has been named 2020-21 Creative Director of Digital Content. Martín, lauded for his “infectious music making” (Los Angeles Times), embarks on his second season with LACO, conducting half of the programs. Darrah – noted for visually and emotionally “striking (work) that injects real drama” (New York Times) at the intersection of theater, music and film – is establishing a first-of-its-kind LACO digital studio at Wilhardt & Naud, a film studio and multidisciplinary arts campus located in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. The studio will serve as a creative hub for developing artistic media content with L.A.-based artists and filmmakers, who, inspired by the Orchestra’s musical programming, will create works in a variety of mediums that will factor into the broadcasts and endure long after the season concludes. This marks the Orchestra’s first creative partnership with Darrah. LACO’s concerts, each between 30 and 40 minutes in length, are filmed at The Colburn School’s Olive Rehearsal Hall socially distanced with no audience and produced exclusively for streaming. Available to the public at no cost, the digital broadcasts air biweekly on Fridays, from November 6, 2020, through June 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm (PT), at LACO.org/laco-at-home, and on LACO’s YouTube channel and Facebook live.
This new slate of virtual programming, developed under the Orchestra’s LACO AT HOME brand, builds upon the highly successful LACO SummerFest series, the Orchestra’s first foray into streaming that concluded in September and featured five digital chamber music concerts that have attracted more than 130,000 viewers to date.
“It is a tremendous and exciting undertaking to