The ACO SONiC Festival with Miguel Zenón & Angélica Negrón creates new Latin classical music with the American Composers Orchestra featuring Ahmed Alom, Raquel Acevedo Klein, Victor Pablo, Darian Thomas; in the Repertory Theater at Hostos Center; on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 4pm. From $25. Student ID ($5). hostos.cuny.org 🇵🇷 🇨🇴 🇮🇱 🇺🇸
This show is a primer on some of the young Latin artists who are doing incredible work stretching the jazz and classical music canon in New York City.
ACO SONiC Festival with Miguel Zenón and Angélica Negrón
The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) produces music by American composers with an emphasis on new, overlooked voices.
Classical music is having a renaissance as young people discover contemporary classical music. Young artists are taking classical music where no artist has gone before with a lot of really spectacular, thought-provoking work.
And Gustavo Dudamel, the legendary Venezuelan conductor, takes over the New York Philharmonic in 2026. He’s not just a great conductor. Dudamel builds vibrant communities. He is already triggering a bloom of classical music in New York Latin communities. Now is the time to give your children or grandchildren music lessons.
Puerto Rico has a rich musical culture. In fact, young Puerto Ricans currently dominate global youth culture. But we are not only rumba, bomba, plena, salsa, reggaeton and Latin trap. We also excel in jazz and classical music.
Miguel Zenón is a jazz saxophonist, a multi-Grammy nominee, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, who plays straight-ahead jazz, but is always grounded in his San Juan, Puerto Rican heritage. He’s always pulling Puerto Rican culture further into the jazz canon, and bringing jazz to underserved communities. 🇵🇷
Angelica Negrón is a Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes for voice, orchestra and film, and some unusual things like robots, toys and plants. Of course, she’s a Caribbean woman. Negrón has done commissions for the NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, an original score for the HBO docuseries “Menudo: Forever Young” and lots of film scores. 🇵🇷
Ahmed Alom is a Cuban pianist and composer, originally from Havana, who is one of the America’s young piano virtuosos. He drops a new album “Exilio” on June 2, 2023. 🇨🇺
Raquel Acevedo Klein
Raquel Acevedo Klein is a Puerto Rican, Colombian, Jewish conductor, vocalist, composer and instrumentalist from Brooklyn. She conducts for the New York Philharmonic, Beth Morrison Projects at venues like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and lots more. She is a regular collaborator with Negrón, and one of the artists who is stretching the meaning of classical music today. 🇵🇷 🇨🇴 🇮🇱
Victor Pablo is a percussionist who learned his rhythms from his father in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He plays with everyone and is co-music director, composer, drummer for the People of Earth global music collective with a Caribbean / Brazilian vibe. 🇵🇷
Darian Thomas is a Brooklyn composer, multi-instrumentalist, and interdisciplinary artist from San Antonio, Texas. We can’t tell his heritage, but Thomas is clearly aware of Native American and Mexican traditions. His work has moved from pop into the classical music frame. Thomas is not just a violinist, he is an experience. 🇺🇸