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"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


Works for Contrabass by Allan Blank - new release by Andrew Kohn

Andrew Kohn has released a new digital album: Works for Contrabass by  Allan Blank.  

Works include Variations on “The Turkish Lady,” performed by Kohn and pianist Rob Frankenberry. For this work, composer Allan Blank, then living in Virginia, chose a musical theme that is also from Virginia: “The Turkish Lady” is one of the names given in Virginia to an old English ballad which, in the seminal work of ballad scholar Francis James Child, is identified as “Young Beichan".  The digital recording includes thoughtful program notes on the pieces.

Introduction, Seven Vignettes, and Conclusion for alto saxophone and contrabass, performed here by Kohn and Michael Ibrahim, proposes highly contrasted moods within a consistent constructivist technique. The radically different techniques and characters of the two instruments are taken as a challenge to be overcome by both the composer and then the performers.

Andrew Kohn teaches contrabass and music theory at West Virginia University. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conserva¬tory, where he studied contrabass with Eugene Levinson, and a Ph.D in music theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Eric Moe and Pablo Ortiz.

World premire of Jane Eyre, An Opera in 3 Acts, by Louis Karchin, Oct. 20th


Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:00pm

Louis Karchin


On October 20 and 22, the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will be staged by the Center for Contemporary Opera at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Jane Eyre, an opera in three acts, was presented in 2013 by the CCO in a workshop production at the Cell Theatre, and is Karchin’s second opera. Conducting will be the Grammy-nominated and CCO's Chief Conductor Sara Jobin

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN FESTIVAL 2016 - music of Robert Carl and much more, June 22-25


Friday, June 24, 2016 - 6:00pm

Ensemble Mise-en Festival 2016 - this week, starting Wednesday, featuring a gaggle of more than 30 composers from all over the world. On Friday, trombone soloist Mark Broschinsky will perform an unusual work by Robert Carl - Updraft for tenor trombone and 9 other trombones pre-recorded.

Ethan Iverson plays Brahms and Hall Overton at Bargemusic, June 25th and 26th


Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 8:00pm

Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus) will perform Hall Overton's Sonata No. 1 for piano in concert at Bargemusic, along with works for violin and piano by Brahms, featuring violinist Johnny Gandelsman (Brooklyn Rider, Silk Road Ensemble, The Knights). Tickets for the Friday, June 25th event at 8pm can be purchased here. There is an additional performance on Sunday, June 26th at 4pm. 

EntArteOpera in Vienna presents music of Vally Weigl in "Verbotene Klänge" - Liederabend, Sept. 23rd


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA is pleased to announce a concert of chamber music by four exceptional women composers whose music is rarely heard. Hermine Haselböck, Mezzosoprano; Franz Bartolomey, Violoncello; and Clemens Zeilinger, Piano, will present an evening of music by Charlotte Schlesinger, Vítezslava Kaprálová, Henriëtte Bosmans, and one of ACA's founding members, Vally Weigl.  Many thanks to EntArteOpera for their support of this music.

Vally Weigl (1894-1982):
Old-time Burlesque, für Violoncello und Klavier 1938
Toccatina, (Homage to Robert Schumann), für Klavier 1982

Lloyd Ultan Sonata for Cello and Piano, with cellist Jacqueline Ultan in St. Paul, June 12th


Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 5:30pm

Jacqueline Ultan, cellist


Sonata for Cello and Piano by Lloyd Ultan (1929-1998) will be featured in concert on June 12th, on what would have been the composer's 88th birthday, with Gregory Theisen, Piano, and Jacqueline Ultan, Cello.  Performers for this event at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota will also include David Livingston: Flute, Recorder, Sax; Takako Seimiya Senn, Trumpet; and Momoko Tanno, Soprano. The Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM) has put together a special cross-cultural experience with a rich selection of Western classical pieces and the works of Japanese composers in the Western tradition. The first half of the program will consist of European music and the second part will feature Japanese folk songs that have been arranged by Greg Theisen (Piano), including a celebration of the birthday of Lloyd Ultan.

Ultan received a bachelor's degree from New York University, a master's degree from Columbia University, and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. In 1971, he founded, and, from 1971 to 1974, served as Director of the Composer's Residency Program at Wolf Trap Farm Park in Vienna, Virginia.

Steven Sacco's Sonata for Bass Trombone to be performed by Blair Bollinger at Juilliard, June 10th


Friday, June 10, 2016 - 3:30pm

The 2016 International Trombone Festival at The Juilliard School is here in New York City June 8-11. This 45th annual event will unite many whom share a common passion for the trombone, celebrating the instrument in all its facets with many activities including -  world premieres, recitals, masterclasses, exhibits, chamber music, jazz concerts, and a special concert at the New York Philharmonic.


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