Atlantic Classical Orchestra Announces 2014 Season, Including Two World Premieres
The Atlantic Classical Orchestra (ACO) today announced its 24th season in Florida's Treasure Coast, presenting orchestral and chamber music performances at venues in the beautiful coastal cities of Vero Beach and Stuart. Highlights of the season include two exciting new commissions from the Atlantic Classical Orchestra's Commission Project, begun in the 2013 season, by Emmy Award-winning composer Garth Neustadter and rising star Jeffrey Parola; and an exciting All-American program connecting to an exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art for the Chamber Music Series. Of special note, and new this season, the orchestra introduces a set of open dress rehearsals at the Eissey Theatre in Palm Beach connected to the ACO Concert Series. 2014 Season guest artists include the internationally celebrated Kalichstein, Laredo, Robinson Trio, former ACO orchestra member Russian cellist Ian Maskin, who returns to ACO to perform as half of the compelling duo iAN & ANi, and a return engagement by popular local pianist Lindsay Garritson. ACO's own principal clarinetist Paul Green also appears as soloist.
In announcing the season, Executive Director Anne Berquist said, "It gives me great pleasure to announce the 24th season of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra. Artistic Director Stewart Robertson has created a compelling offering of concerts, balancing traditional favorites such as Mendelssohn's Overture and Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony with contemporary works by American composers and from ACO's latest music venture, The Commission Project, which features two new works by two of today's hottest young American composers.
With such works by the masters ranging from a great cornerstone of the quartet repertoire, Beethoven's String Quartet No. 1 in F, Op. 18, entrenched in the classical tradition, but displaying the composer's explorative, fearless push-the-limits side, to Schubert's only string quartet to be published in his lifetime, the lyrical yet somber String Quartet No. 13 in a, D.804, to Prokofiev's popular Classical Symphony, a work that sounds as if it is from the classical era but which remains true to its own 20th century, and the the tender, elegantly nuanced Symphony No. 39 in Eb by Mozart, ACO audiences are sure to find something to suit every taste.
We are especially pleased to continue our collaborations with the prestigious Vero Beach Museum of Art and the beautiful Blake Library in Stuart this season. The Chamber Music series, which takes place on the stage of the Museum's Leonhardt Auditorium at 3 pm on Sunday afternoons, and in the Library's John F. Armstrong Wing at 11:00 am on Saturdays, includes "American Tradition", an all-American program featuring ACO musicians connecting to one of the Museum's exhibitions, complimenting the artistic genres and underscoring the special nuances of each form."