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"Ustane's Lullaby" from SHE: an opera of adventure

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"Night Thought"

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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

Music by American women featured at Tulane University in New Orleans, April 14th

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 3:00pm

Lunatics at LargeLunatics at Large

Barbara JazwinskiBarbara Jazwinski


Video excerpts from this concert can be found on the ACA You Tube Channel.

The Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University presents a concert of music by American women composers on Sunday, April 14th at 3pm, in Dixon Recital Hall. The event is organized by composer Barbara Jazwinski, The Virginia Beer Professor of Music at Tulane, and Music Director, Spectri Sonori Contemporary Music Concert Series. The New York based ensemble, Lunatics at Large will perform works from the ACA catalog by Elizabeth Austin, Eleanor Cory, Barbara Jazwinski, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Beth Wiemann, and Joan Tower. Performing at this concert will be Amelia Lukas, flute; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Arthur Moeller, violin; Jen Herman, viola; and Steven Beck, piano.

Hailed as "young, energetic, and finely polished" by the New York Times, LUNATICS AT LARGE is a dynamic New York City-based ensemble that was formed at Mannes College of Music in 2007. Through thematic, interdisciplinary performances in ensemble formations ranging from solo to the full septet and beyond, the group juxtaposes established masterpieces of the 20th century against more recent works. Lunatics at Large thus encourages listeners to hear similarities between works written decades apart and to consider recent compositions within the context of the evolution of classical music since 1900.

Robert Lee, Countertenor, performs selections from H. Leslie Adams' Nightsongs and Millay Songs at WMP Concert Hall, April 21st

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

Robert Lee, Countertenor, performs selections from H. Leslie Adams' masterful Nightsongs and Five Millay Songs.  The recital is at WMP Concert Hall (31 E 28th St, New York, NY) on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4pm, with pianist Eric Sedgwick, featuring works of R. Strauss, Wolf, Brahms, Grieg, Hahn, H. Leslie Adams, and Hundley.

NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival April 2-6, music of Hubert Howe, John Melby, John Gibson, James Paul Sain, and many others.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 7:30pm

Tonight begins the 2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.  21 concerts will be presented between Tuesday and Saturday April 2-6.  Distinguished guests from all over the world will take part in the festival.  Further details are available at Most concerts are at the CUNY Graduate Center, but the opening program on Tuesday April 2nd is at the Skirball Center at NYU. Other concerts are at Galapagos Art Space and Shape Shifter Lab, both in Brooklyn.

2013 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival  Concert Schedule below. For tickets, venue maps, etc. go here.



Tuesday, April 2 

Concert 1: Skirball Center, NYU, 7:30-10 PM


Andrew Lewis, Dark Glass 

Eric Lyon, NJ Honcho Wing (for John Chowning)

Elsa Justel, Yegl

Terry Pender, A Gentle Man

Francesco Galante, Itineraires (pour Edgard Varèse)

Tae Hong Park, The Machine Stops

Judy Klein, The Wolves of Bays Mountain

Christopher Haworth, Vertizontal Hearing (Up & Down, I then II)

Elizabeth Hoffman, Soundendipities

Eric Lyon, Spaced Images with Noise and Lines 

Hubert Howe, Emergence


Full schedule (continued)

Claudia Dumschat performs Veni Emmanuel for organ by Brian Schober, April 19th

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 7:30pm


On Friday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m., Claudia Dumschat will perform Brian Schober's Veni Emmanuel for organ at the Church of The Transfiguration, 1 East 29th Street just east of Fifth Avenue in New York City.  Dr. Dumschat is the Music Director at the Church and will also be performing works by Messiaen and Part.

Lawrence Dillon's Amadeus ex Machina - Boca Raton Symphonia on April 21st at 4pm

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

photo by Robert StolpeBoca Raton Symphoniaphoto by Robert Stolpe

Lawrence DillonLawrence Dillon


The Boca Raton Symphonia presents: CONNOISSEUR Concert 5 - April 21, 2013 - 4 pm; Constantine Kitsopoulos, Guest Conductor, Ilana Setapen, Violin Soloist

DILLON Amadeus ex Machina
DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 53
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93

Lawrence Dillon's Amadeus ex Machina for chamber orchestra is a whimsical re-imagining of Mozart's 40th symphony from the perspective of

Gary Schneider's Orchestra for the Next Century to perform April 30th at Merkin Hall

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:00pm


To the Point: Orchestra for the Next Century pays tribute to Paul Sacher in concert at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall.

Orchestra for the Next Century, Gary M. Schneider, Music Director, follows up its acclaimed NY debut in February at the Ecstatic Music Festival with a tribute to the great Swiss conductor and musical philanthropist Paul Sacher in a concert on April 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. The concert features two works Sacher commissioned from Stravinsky and Martinů paired with recent works by distinguished American composers Margaret Brouwer and Paul Moravec.

Tickets are $25 / $20 for students. For information and tickets, call 212-501-3330 or online at

Igor Stranvinsky’s Concerto in D for String Orchestra and Bohuslav Martinů’s Double Concerto for Two String Orchestras, Piano and Timpani are among the many important works Sacher commissioned for his Basel Chamber Orchestra. Through his commissioning of new works from many of the most important composers of the 20th century, Sacher is responsible for the existence of an amazing number of landmark compositions, many of which entered the repertory and are performed every year in concert halls around the world.

New World Records, Anthony Coleman, NEC Students create epic new recording of Voyage in a White Building by Burr Van Nostrand

Monday, April 1, 2013 - 12:00am


"There were many fast and loose experimental methods in American composition in the 60’s and 70’s, headed up by John Cage as the ultimate authority on conceptual music, but I think Van Nostrand comes the closest to a full synthesis of techniques, notated and indeterminate, sounded and graphic. "

--Peter Nelson-King (Re-Composing, March 19, 2013)

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Excerpt from the upcoming album liner notes by Mathew Rosenblum:  "The long-awaited recording includes three extraordinary works by one of America's most original and forward-thinking composers. The music of Burr Van Nostrand (b. 1945), although both born from and deeply rooted in the anti-war counterculture avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s, remains as strikingly fresh and timeless today as when it was first performed...

Because of the extraordinary efforts of Malcolm Peyton (former Chair of Composition at NEC), Jason Belcher (composer/performer), Gina Genova (ACA Director), NEW WORLD RECORDS, New England Conservatory, and others, this music is being reintroduced for a new generation of listeners. (continued)


Talujon upcoming season includes newly commissioned work by Ross Bauer

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 8:00pm

photo by Richard BlinkoffTalujonphoto by Richard Blinkoff

Talujon, while maintaining a busy touring schedule, continues to produce original programs in New York City to great praise, having received the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Talujon’s upcoming season will feature the music of John Cage and new commissions by Ross Bauer, David Felder, Phil Kline, Steve Ricks, Amy Williams and others. These performances will take place at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roulette, Issue Project Room, The DiMenna Center and St. Peter’s Church in New York City.

Update: Premieres Concert
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th Street, New York, NY

New Works for percussion by Steve Ricks, Marc Mellits, Ross Bauer, and more.

Christina Ascher sings music of Brian Schober and others - Wed. April 24th at Saint Peter's Church in NYC

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 8:00pm

MANY VOICES - with Christina Asher, contralto; Kaoru Hinata, flute; and Aminda Asher, cello, will perform Song of Water Clock at Night, by Brian Schober, as well as works by Theodore Wiprud, Henry Purcell, Alice Shields, and others. Wednesday, April 24, at 8pm. Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th St., New York City.  Suggested donation $10 at the door.

Brian SchoberBrian Schober


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