American Century Music programs are unique.
Our programs feature American composers who lived in the 20th Century. Programs tend to be thematically based, focusing on either a single composer or a set of composers. Orchestration ranges from solo instrument to full orchestra. Each program is designed to create a rich musical experience for listeners and to provide relevant information about the contribution of composers to the cultural fabric of the American Century.
American Century Music collaborates with a wide array of musicians and ensembles in its programs. In our signature “American Century Music Presents” programs, we present established ensembles and artists performing works they may know well or may be encountering for the first time as part of a program designed by Scott Parkman. As a collaborative partner with cultural institutions and performing arts series nationally, Scott Parkman develops programs that weave together musical, cultural, artistic, and historical trends and brings together talented regional musicians to perform as part of the American Century Music Players. Each modality achieves American Century Music’s aims of thoughtfully bringing lesser known compositions to music listeners and expanding the repertoire of professional musicians to include a wider range of 20th-century American composers.
A review of American Century Music’s performance at the Worcester Art Museum, which was in conjunction with the museum’s highly acclaimed exhibition, Kennedy to Kent State: Images of a Generation.
A review of our Worcester Art Museum program also appeared in The Boston Musical Intelligencer, written by musicologist and former Boston Symphony Orchestra program annotator, Steven Ledbetter.