ACA News and Events

"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

Piano duo TwinMuse performs music by Matthew Davidson in Montréal on Sept. 29 and 30

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:00pm


Dates: Tuesday September 29th and Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Time: 8 pm

Location: Chapelle St-Louis de l'Église St-Jean-Baptiste, 4230 rue Drolet, Montréal (QC), H2W 2L6

Tickets: $20 advance purchase

Tickets will also be available at the door for $25 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Canadian Piano duo TwinMuse (Hourshid & Mehrshid Afrakhteh, pianists) will perform an imaginative recital program at the Chapelle St-Louis de l'Église St-Jean-Baptiste in Montréal, Quebec on September 29 and 30 at 8 pm.

Music of Dane Rudhyar by pianist Ron Squibbs, Sept. 20th

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 8:00pm


Date and Time: September 20, 2015 @ 8 pm

Location: von der Mehden Recital Hall, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Tickets: Free



Pianist Ron Squibbs, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), will perform music composed by ACA composer Dane Rudhyar (1895 - 1985) on September 20, 2015 at UCONN’s von der Mehden Recital Hall.


Treemonisha - as orchestrated by TJ Anderson, Selections to be performed by the New York Philharmonic, Oct. 14-15

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 7:30pm

In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy

In a remarkable evening event curated and hosted by bass-baritone Eric Owens (pictured above), the New York Philharmonic will perform excerpts from Scott Joplin's opera, Treemonisha, in orchestration by the composer T.J. Anderson.

The program will include works linked to groundbreaking vocalists William Warfield, Betty Allen, George Shirley, and Marian Anderson, focusing on the history these artists had with the Philharmonic and their influence on the generations of African American vocalists that followed.

Soprano Tony Arnold will perform music by David Liptak on this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:30pm


Date and Time: September 9, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Location: Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W 67th St New York, NY

Tickets: $35

Tickets may be purchased online at this link


Soprano Tony Arnold, called “a bold, powerful interpreter” by the New York Times and “fearless” by the New Yorker, will perform Beauty and the Beast from Dove Songs by ACA member David Liptak on this year’s Resonant Bodies Festival. The concert program also includes works by Thomas Adès, Susan Botti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Jason Eckardt, and Sheila Silver, among others.

John Eaton's 80th birthday celebration in music

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30pm

Join John Eaton, friends, Pocket Opera Players, the New York Composers Circle, and ACA for a celebration of music by John Eaton.

This retrospective will include works for soloists and ensemble: "Mass II" and "El Divino Narciso" as well as songs for voice and piano. Carmen Helena-Tellez will be the music director.

John Eaton, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, is a composer with special interest in opera. Called "the most interesting opera composer writing in America today" by Andrew Porter in the London Financial Times, Eaton has penned over fifteen operas and garnered international acclaim as a composer and performer of electronic and microtonal music. Notable works include his television opera, Myshkin; and the operas The Cry of Clytaemnestra and The Tempest.

Tales of the Netsilik in a multi-media event

Tales of the Netsilik, ACA composer Ray Luedeke's orchestra piece with narration, received a stand-out performance on Thursday, August 6th with the National Academy Orchestra, conductor Boris Brott in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The narrator was Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations near Brantford, Ontario. She is a remarkable women and a great advocate for First Nations causes. She is a great orator and recently addressed the United Nations. The performance was augmented with visuals and acrobats A review appeared in Ontario Arts Review

"The Netsilik” narrated by Chief Ava Hill of the Grand River Six Nations. The two aerialists appeared for ‘How We Know About Animals’ and were an integral part of the story telling. Chief Hill did a brilliant job of narrating the Inuit stories and her voice plus the music & the visuals all combined in riveting storytelling. This was the stand-out in an excellent night."

excerpt - Tales of the Netsilik


Mark Zuckerman's Menagerie performed by The Chicago Ensemble, June 2nd

Chicago Ensemble

Menagerie by composer Mark Zuckerman was performed on June 2, 2015 by the Chicago Ensemble at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Mark Zuckerman is a winner of The Chicago Ensemble’s “Discover America” competition. His Ménagerie (2001) is a song cyle for soprano, flute and piano, set to whimsical poems about animals which were written by French poet Robert Denos during World War II.

For more than 30 years, The Chicago Ensemble has brought a fascinating array of chamber works to Chicago audiences. Offering an innovative mix of familiar masterworks and lesser-known repertoire, performed in varied combinations of instruments and voice, The Chicago Ensemble occupies a unique place in Chicago's cultural life.


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