The American Classical Orchestra Announces 2021-2022 Season

New York City’s American Classical Orchestra (ACO) has announced its 2021-2022 season of all-live performances, beginning with a full orchestra Reunion program of Baroque music in Damrosch Park on September 22.

American Classical Orchestra season

Founded in 1984 as the Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy, the ensemble was renamed American Classical Orchestra in 1999. ACO settled in New York City as a permanent home in 2005. It is now the city’s only full-scale orchestra dedicated solely to performing 17th, 18th, and 19th-century music on true-to-period instruments.

Reunion is the title of the 2021 season’s opening event, marking the joyous reunion of the ACO’s musicians, audience, and patrons after over 17 months without concerts. The program presents a selection of popular Baroque music at the newly renovated bandshell of Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. The rest of the season’s concerts follow suit with meaningful titles, “Restore,” “Revisit,” “Remember” and “Renew” to commemorate the challenges of the past two years as life returns to normalcy.

Our reuniting onstage should reveal artists who have further honed their craft and intensified their passion for music. We chose timeless masterpieces as a way to celebrate our return to live performance through much-loved works that continue to comfort even after difficult times, to showcase our talented members and soloists, and also to underscore the soothing balm that great music provides to musicians and audiences alike.

Thomas Crawford (ACO’s Artistic Director and Founder)

This season also includes the Orchestra’s new collaboration with public media producer WNET, featuring a filmed performance of Prokofiev’s symphonic children’s tale, Peter and the Wolf. As a part of ACO’s “Classical Music for Kids” program, the film aims to enrich the cultural life of children by introducing them to classical music history at a young age. American Classical Orchestra’s performance of Peter and the Wolf will be available to watch for free on the PBS LearningMedia platform beginning this fall.

American Classical Orchestra season
Peter and the Wolf (Art Credit: James Mayhew)

American Classical Orchestra offers subscription packages for their upcoming season that are on sale now. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale later this summer. For more information, visit Visit for ACO programs hosted by Lincoln Center.

Read the full 2021-2022 American Classical Orchestra schedule below:

Reunion Wednesday, September 22 at 7 pm, Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center:

Rachell Ellen Wong, violin

Part of the Restart Stages at Lincoln Center

Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in G Minor, Op. 8, No. 2, RV 315, “L’Estate” (Summer from The Four Seasons)

Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks and excerpts from Water Music

RestoreTuesday, December 14 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center:

All-Mozart Program:       

    Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201

 Concerto for Flute, Harp, and Orchestra in C Major, K. 299

    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E-flat Major, K. 364 (320d)

Revisit Thursday, February 3 at 7 pm, Harlem Parish, 258 W 118th St.:

Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, Baroque violin

Maureen Murchie, viola

Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba and cello

Charles Weaver, theorbo and Baroque guitar

Guadalupe Peraza, mezzo soprano

Thomas Crawford, harpsichord

Juan Arañés: Chacona a la vida bona       

Nicola Francesco Haym: Ciaccona in E Major

Barbara Strozzi: L’Eraclito amoroso

Marin Marais: Chaconne in A Major, from Pièces de Viole, Book 4

Santiago de Murcia: Marionas

Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata, Op. 2, No. 12        

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1004

François Couperin: La Favorite    

Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa

Henry Purcell: Chaconne from King Arthur

RememberSaturday, February 26 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center:

Mozart: Requiem in D Minor, K. 626

Crawford: Elegy for Strings (World Premiere) In Memoriam Judson Griffin

RenewTuesday, April 5 at 8 pm, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center :

All J.S. Bach Program

    Easter Oratorio, BWV 249

    Mass in G Minor, BWV 235

    Overture to Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major, BWV 1069

Digital Production of Peter and the Wolf on PBS LearningMedia (Planned for Fall 2021)

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