American Classical Orchestra announces 2021-2022 season
The American Classical Orchestra (ACO) of New York has announced its 2021-2022 season of live performances, starting with a full orchestra Meeting baroque music program at Damrosch Park on September 22.
Founded in 1984 as the Old Fairfield Academy Orchestra, the ensemble was renamed the American Classical Orchestra in 1999. The ACO moved to New York as a permanent residence in 2005. It is now the only large-scale orchestra in town dedicated solely to performing 17e, 18e, and 19emusic of the century on instruments faithful to the time.
Meeting is the title of the opening event for the 2021 season, marking the happy reunion of ACO musicians, audiences and patrons after more than 17 months without concerts. The program presents a selection of popular Baroque music in the newly renovated orchestra pavilion in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. The rest of the season’s concerts follow suit with meaningful titles, “Restore, “Revisit, “Remember” and “Renew”To commemorate the challenges of the past two years as life returns to normal.
Our reunion on stage should reveal artists who have perfected their craft and intensified their passion for music. We have chosen timeless masterpieces as a way to celebrate our return to performing arts through much loved works that continue to comfort even after difficult times, to showcase our talented members and soloists, and also to highlight the soothing balm that great music offers musicians and audiences alike.
Thomas Crawford (Artistic Director and Founder of ACO)
This season also includes the Orchestra’s new collaboration with public media producer WNET, with a filmed performance of Prokofiev’s symphonic children’s tale, Pierre and the Wolf. As part of the ACO’s “Classical Music for Children” program, the film aims to enrich the cultural life of children by introducing them to the history of classical music from an early age. The performance of the American Classical Orchestra of Pierre and the Wolf will be available to watch for free on the PBS LearningMedia platform starting this fall.
American Classical Orchestra is offering subscription packages for their next season which are on sale now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale later this summer. For more information, visit aconyc.org. Visit lincolncenter.org for ACO programs hosted by Lincoln Center.
Read the full American Classical Orchestra 2021-2022 schedule below:
Meeting – Wednesday September 22 at 7 p.m., Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center:
Rachell Ellen Wong, violin
Part of the Restart steps at Lincoln Center
Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G minor, op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, “L’Estate” (Summer of The four Seasons)
Handel: Music for the royal fireworks and extracts from Water music
Restore – Tuesday, December 14 at 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center:
Symphony No.29 in A major, K. 201
Concerto for flute, harp and orchestra in C major, K. 299
Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat major, K. 364 (320d)
Revisit – Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m., Harlem Parish, 258 W 118th St.:
Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, baroque violin
Maureen Murchie, viola
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba and cello
Charles Weaver, theorbo and baroque guitar
Guadalupe Peraza, mezzo soprano
Thomas Crawford, harpsichord
Juan Arañés: Chacona a la vida bona
Nicola Francesco Haym: Ciaccona in E major
Barbara Strozzi: L’Eraclito amoroso
Marin Marais: Chaconne in A major, from Tartthose by Viole, Book 4
Santiago de Murcia: Puppets
Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata, Op. 2, no.12
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita for solo violin, BWV 1004
François Couperin: The Favorite
Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa
Henry Purcell: Chaconne from king arthur
Remember – Saturday February 26 at 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center:
Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626
Crawford: Elegy for Strings (World Premiere) In Memoriam Judson Griffin
Renew – Tuesday April 5 at 8 p.m., Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center :
All the JS Bach program
Easter Oratorio, BWV 249
Mass in G minor, BWV 235
Overture to Orchestral Suite No.4 in D major, BWV 1069
Digital production of Pierre and the Wolf on PBS LearningMedia (planned for fall 2021)