American Composers Orchestra
American Composers Orchestra is the world's only orchestra dedicated to the infinite variety of American music. ACO performs at Carnegie Hall. Founded in 1977 by composers Francis Thorne and Nicholas Roussakis, Music Director Dennis Russell Davies, and Resident Conductor Paul Lustig Dunkel, ACO has played works by 500 composers, including over 100 world premieres and commissions, generating more new American symphonic works than any other orchestra. Among the notable artists who have collaborated with the American Composers Orchestra are: Leonard Bernstein, Keith Jarrett, André Watts, Emanuel Ax and Itzhak Perlman. The ACO discography includes 22 recordings on the ARGO, ECM, MusicMasters, CRI, Point, Tzadik, New World and Nonesuch labels. ACO concerts are broadcast on Public Radio International, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. Among the honors the Orchestra has received are special awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Broadcast Music, Inc. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers has awarded ACO its prize for adventuresome programming in each of the last 26 years, recognizing ACO as "the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States." In addition to its concerts, commissions, recordings, and reading sessions, ACO has offered Sonidos de las Américas, an annual festival of Latin American music; Coming to America, examining music of immigrant composers; and Orchestra Tech, an initiative to develop new works employing new technologies. ACO also offers Music Factory, an education program that places composers in New York City schools to explore the process of creating music.