American Composers Orchestra

Critics' pick
In another worthy New York Philharmonic Biennial copresentation, the American Composers Orchestra offers its 23rd annual "new music reading"—that is, a chance to try out brand-new pieces by up-and-coming composers (most of whom don't often get a chance to hear their orchestrations brought into symphonic realization). Local contemporary-music nuts are likely to recognize a couple of the names on the bill—like Andy Akiho and Robert Honstein—but the true benefit of these concerts is the promise they hold. Drop in for the free session, and you're bound to discover a new composer to start obsessing over.