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

Folie À Deux performs works for two violas at the Wilton Library, Friday, Feb. 21st

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Friday, Feb. 21 Connecticut's Own Concert: Folie À Deux, 7 – 8 p.m.  New York City-based violists Nora Krohn and Nick Revel return to Wilton Library for their engaging program, Folie à Deux. Nick Revel is a graduate of Wilton High School and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with the Ridgefield Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and DiCapo Opera. The duo will be performing works for two violas, including Violette Op. 40 by John Ferritto. Admission is free, but registration strongly suggested. Arrive by 6:50 to be sure your reserved seat is available. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;

Ben Wu plays solo viola music by David Liptak and others - Tues. Feb. 11th at 8pm, SUNY Stony Brook

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 8:00pm

Benjamin WuBenjamin WuBenjamin Wu is performing solo viola music by David Liptak and others - Tues. Feb. 11 at Staller Hall, SUNY-Stony Brook, 8pm. DMA recital concert -

Bach, Messiaen, Bloch, Liptak, and general Stockhausen-ey-ness. On a Viola!

congratulations and best wishes to Ben Wu!

"Out Front" Solo Music from ACA - Friday, Feb. 14th at Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC, 7pm

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join us for two sets of music on Valentine's Day, including an intermission with food and drink at the beautiful Tenri Cultural Institute in Greenwich Village, on 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

This concert will be presented as part of February's Composers Now Festival 2014, which takes place throughout the city. 

Arthur MoellerArthur MoellerAnthony LaLenaAnthony LaLenaAmelia LukasAmelia Lukas

Harley GaberHarley GaberSteven BeckSteven Beck

Zach Herchen & Elisabeth HallidayZach Herchen & Elisabeth Halliday

Sarah McKittrick SethiSarah McKittrick Sethi

Zach HerchenZach Herchen

Beth WiemannBeth Wiemann



Elisabeth HallidayElisabeth Halliday


The evening focuses exclusively on solo music written by ACA-published composers. For years, contemporary composers and performers have been using galleries and other intimate spaces as a platform for developing new works, and encouraging dialogues with their audience. 

The concert will feature works selected, performed, and championed by young performers who specialize in new music. ACA is also paying tribute to two  members on the program: Harley Gaber (1943-2011), and Allan Blank (1925-2013). Blank's Interacting Patterns was his last completed solo instrumental work and is a world premiere.  

David Liptak, premiere of "ALIVE" for 6 percussionists, at Eastman School of Music, Feb. 27th

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 8:00pm

ALIVE, a new piece by David Liptak, will receive its first performance by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Eastman Theater (Kilbourn Hall) in Rochester, NY, on Thursday, Feb. 27, David LiptakDavid Liptak2014. It is scored for percussion sextet (3 marimbas, 2 vibraphones, chimes, xylophone) and is about 5 minutes in duration.

Jason Calloway IN CONCERT - AMPHIBIAN SERIES - MUSIC of Matthew GREENBAUM, Akira TAKAOKA, and more, Feb. 17th

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

Jason CallowayJason CallowayThe first Amphibian event will take place on February 17, and it will be extraordinary: a recital by the virtuoso cellist Jason Calloway, with shakuhachi master and composer James Nyoraku Schlefer. The program will include the Luciano Berio Sequenza XIV for solo cello partially based on Sri Lankan tambour techniques, as well as a new work by Akira Takaoka in his striking series of pieces for instruments and computer-modified sound with a new piece for Jason. He’ll also give the premiere of Matthew Greenbaum's new solo cello piece, Working Blue.

HiArt Gallery (New York City)
227 W 29th Street, 4th floor, at 8pm.
Admission $15/10


Bunraku -- Toshiro Mayuzumi (1964)
-- Miguel Pedraza (2013) -- World Premiere
Sidewalk Dances
-- James Nyoraku Schlefer (2014) -- World Premiere
New Work
-- Akira Takaoka (2014) -- World Premiere
Working Blue
-- Matthew Greenbaum (2013) -- World Premiere
Sen II
-- Toshio Hosokawa (1986, rev. 2002)

Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician.  He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (France),

Lansing McLoskey winner, and Brian Fennelly runner-up by the Red Note Music Festival Competition, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:00am

The judging for the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition - Category A (Chamber Ensemble) has now concluded.  There were 355 anonymous submissions from around the world.  Initial rounds were judged by members of the Music Composition faculty at Illinois State University.  The final round was judged by the esteemed composers: Lei Liang (University of California, San Diego), David Rakowski (Brandeis University), and Barbara White (Princeton University)

The results of the competition (Category A) are as follows:

Specific Gravity: 2.72, by Lansing McLoskey (Miami, FL)

Trial and Error, by Ricardo Eizirik (Zurich, Switzerland)
Skyscapes III, by Brian Fennelly (Kingston, NY)


Music of Brian Schober in concert and on the radio - Jan 20-22, Feb. 14 and Oct. 23-25.

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:00am

photo by Gina GenovaBrian Schoberphoto by Gina GenovaOn February 14 at 7 p.m., Margaret Mills will perform an excerpt of Brian Schober's Manhattan Impromptus on a concert at the Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th Street, NYC.  If you missed her performance of this work last year, here's your chance.  In addition, the complete Manhattan Impromptus, recorded by pianist Stephen Gosling in its full concert length version, will be broadcast on Q2 Music which is the online version of WQXR next Monday through Wednesday of next week (Jan 20-22) on the program Hammered! a program of contemporary keyboard music hosted by pianist Conor Hanick. The program runs from 10 - 11AM (EST) each day, The link is

Also, save the date:  Schober's one-woman opera The White Witch for mezzo soprano and percussion will be premiered by Christina Ascher and Jared Soldiviero at Symphony Space located on the corner of Broadway and 95th Street on October 23-25.

Music of Eleanor Cory in New York concerts - Feb. 14, 16, and 20.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

Momenta QuartetMomenta QuartetEleanor Cory's EHRE for solo violin will be performed Fri. Feb. 14th in Solo Sets starting at 7pm at Tenri Cultural Center, with Arthur Moeller, violin. In addition, her Violin Sonata No. 1 will be performed by Curtis Macomber and Blair McMillen on Sunday, Feb. 16th at Merkin Hall, with the Da Capo Chamber Players. Her String Quartet No. 3 will be performed by Momenta Quartet in a concert of music by American Women at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, on Thursday, Feb. 20th.

T.J. Anderson's TRANSITIONS - presented by Canadian Chamber Orchestra Without Borders, Feb. 16th

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
T.J. AndersonT.J. AndersonT.J. Anderson's TRANSITIONS (A Fantasy for 10 instruments) will be performed in concert at Crossroads: Orchestral music by Black composers (part of Chamber Orchestra Without Borders Series) on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at Shaw Performing Arts Centre, 2 Forks Market Road in Winnepeg.
In addition to the music of T. J. Anderson, the concert, conducted by Larry Strachan, will also fetaure works by Howard Swanson, Julia Perry, Errollyn Wallen, and Ed Bland and will feature soloist, Heulwen Jones (mezzo-soprano).
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/youth and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers, at the door, or by calling (204) 504-2185.
Funding and support has been provided by the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Chamber Orchestra Musaic, under the auspices of Chamber Orchestra Without Borders Inc., is led by music director Larry Strachan, and is a non-profit organization promoting the cultural mosaic of Winnipeg through orchestral music.

David Froom's Two Yeats Songs - world premiere at the Smithsonian, Feb. 15th

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 12:00am

The Wild Swans at Coole, and Cloths of Heaven, by William Butler Yeats, in a new setting by David Froom for Soprano and Violin, will be performed February 15, 2014, by Emily Noel, soprano, Elisabeth Adkins, violin, presented by the 21st Century Consort, McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.

A synchronized celebration of Valentine’s Day and the SAAM exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” with a complete performance of Frederick Rzwski’s monumental setting of the iconic Chilean protest song, The Citizens United Will Never Be Defeated, balanced by romantic and Tango-tinged music by Oswaldo Golijov, David Froom and Paul Schoenfield.


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