image courtesy of Carnegie Hall
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) will open its 2018-2019 season with a concert titled Phenomenal Women presented by Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall on Friday, November 2. The performance, conducted by ACO Music Director George Manahan, will feature the world premiere of Valerie Coleman’s Phenomenal Women performed by the Imani Winds with ACO; as well as the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Three Principles of Noir with singer Meaghan Burke, director Amber Treadway, and costumes by Storm Garner. Coleman’s Phenomenal Women, a concerto for wind quintet and orchestra, is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem and book, Phenomenal Woman. Each member of Imani Winds will be featured in a solo interlude influenced by a different phenomenal woman – activist Malala Yousefai (oboe serenade), Brazilian Olympic Gold medalist Rafaela Silva (clarinet in choro style), athlete Serena Williams (bassoon virtuoso cadenza), and Michelle Obama (flute with urban/jazz elements). The Philadelphia Orchestra recently announced that a new work by Coleman will open its 2019/2020 season. Alex Temple’s Three Principles of Noir with singer Meaghan Burke is a piece with a time-traveling science fiction narrative centered around a Chicago historian who goes back in time to the 1893 World’s Fair.