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Judith Shatin's BLACK MOON to Make World Premiere with American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

On Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM, the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), George Manahan, Music Director & Conductor, will premiere Judith Shatin's Black Moon, for orchestra and conductor-controlled electronics. It was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and ACO for this program, called Orchestra Underground: Contempo-Scary, and will be presented at Zankel Hall @ Carnegie Hall, 57th St. & Seventh Ave. in New York, NY.

Black Moon, for conductor-controlled electronics and orchestra, will be performed utilizing Kinect, a motion-sensing input device commonly used in Xbox video-gaming systems to sense the conductor's motion and allow him to move sound around the space. A footswitch gives him immediate control of the electronic sound cues. The piece was developed through ACO's coLABoratory "R&D" program, which provided the opportunity to workshop the piece with the orchestra last season. More about Black Moon at

The concert includes Bernard Herrmann's Psycho Suite, David Del Tredici's Dracula, and the World Premiere of Paul Moravec's The Overlook Hotel Suite from his opera The Shining, commissioned by the ACO.

Tickets are $43-$51, available at CarnegieCharge -212-247-7800 or For more concert information, call ACO at 212-977-8495.

Judith Shatin's music is renowned for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each. Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond Symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North America and Europe. She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles including the Barlow Endowment, the Fromm Foundation,the Library of Congress, the National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, Ensemble Berlin PianoPercussion and Scottish Voices.

Innova Records has issued two portrait CDs that showcase both her acoustic and electroacoustic chamber music in performances by the Cassatt Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, and a variety of additional distinguished performers. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. Shatin is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at

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