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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

Mark Zuckerman's Susquehanna Sunset - with Holyoke Civic Symphony, March 9th

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

          Holyoke Civic Symphony, David Kidwell, music director, continues its 2013-14 season with "Portraits of Home" on Sunday, March 9th, at the Leslie Phillips Theater (Forum) at Holyoke Community College, located at 303 Homestead Ave. in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Mark Zuckerman's Susquehanna Sunset for orchestra, was composed in 2002 for the Susquehanna Symphony in Maryland. Additional works on the concert include Copland's Quiet City and Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2. Concert is free.

Choral Arts Ensemble to perform THE MOST TRIUMPHANT BIRD by Jacob Avshalomov, February 1st.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Choral Arts Ensemble,  Rick Kvam, founder, will present "Midwinter Serenade" concert on February 1, 2014, at Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights, in Rochester, MN, at 7:30pm.  The concert will include selections from Jacob Avshalomov's Most Triumphant Bird, based on the poetry of Emily Dickinson, including "The Most Triumphant Bird I Ever Met" for mixed chorus, viola, and piano. Born on 28 March 1919 in Tsingtao, China, and died in April, 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Jacob Avshalomov was the son of composer Aaron Avshalomov and father of composer David Avhshalomov and violist Daniel Avshalomov. Performing in the richly resonant Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights,

Robert Carl - Symphony No. 5 "Land" World Premiere, University of Hartford, December 13th

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7:30pm

Robert Carl's new work, Symphony No. 5 "Land" -for large orchestra will be presented by the Hartt Philharmonia, University of Hartford, Lincoln Theatre, December 13, 2013; 7:30pm, with Edward Cumming, conductor. Admission$20 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups. The work is in five movements, all played attacca:   Open Prairie, High Plains, Facing Mountains, Above the Tree Line, and Land Beyond. 

Premiere of Robert Ceely's NEGATIVES for solo piano, DiMenna Center in NYC, December 6th

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00pm

Robert CeelyRobert CeelyNegatives for Solo Piano, by Robert Ceely, will be performed by Julia Den Boer.

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8 PM:
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music - Benzaquen Hall
450 W.37th STREET

Featuring the music of APNM and 2012-13 Call for Scores winners.

Louis Karchin's Chamber Symphony - at Mannes, with Lowell Liebermann conducting, Dec. 13th

Friday, December 13, 2013 - 8:00pm


Mannes College Concert Hall
150 W. 85th St.

Friday, December 13th



Lewis Spratlan:Zoom 
Louis Karchin: Chamber Symphony
David Del Tredici:Haddocks’ Eyes
   with Chelsea Feltman, soprano

Directed by Mannes faculty composer Lowell Liebermann, MACE (The Mannes American Composers Ensemble) is a large ensemble which focuses on the music of living American composers. MACE not only presents works by iconic American masters such as John Adams and Elliott Carter, but also cutting-edge works by up and coming composers. The ensemble aims to embrace as broad a view possible of the incredibly diverse and vital landscape of contemporary American Music.

New England Suite, a trio by Vally Weigl from 1953, is performed in Budapest by Sigrid Hagn, Nov. 12, 2013.

New England SmozARTE Quintett SalzburgmozARTE Quintett Salzburguite by Vally Weigl was performed by Austrian pianist Sigrid Hagn, and members of the mozARTE Quintett Salzburg, on November 12th at the Austrian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary.

Weigl (1894-1982) was a  Viennese musician who studied piano (Richard Robert), composition (Karl Weigl), and musicology (Guido Adler, at Vienna University), after which she worked at the Musikwissenschaftliches Institut of the University. Vally Weigl emigrated to New York in 1938 with her husband Karl Weigl, and were among the group of founding members of ACA. Vally worked as a teacher and composer after receiving her masters degree at Columbia University.

Percussion Ensembles in Concert at University of Akron, including Circlings by Christopher Shultis

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:00am

Percussion ensembles in concert

The percussion ensembles, under the direction of Professor Larry Snider, presented a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 8 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall

The program included Harrison's “Fugue,” Morag's “Octabones,” Lansky's “Threads,” Athanasiadis' “Dance of the Seven Veils,” Shorley's “Rice Paper Scissors,” Mazzariello's “Babybo.t” and both “Waldmusik” and “Circlings” by Christopher Shultis.

Directed by Dr. Larry Snider, Professor of Percussion at The University of Akron, the UA Percussion Ensemble is part of the current percussion explosion involving artists, composers and audience members.

The ensemble is dedicated to performing serious works by John Cage, Lou Harrison, Steve Reich, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, David Lang and many more notable experimental composers.

Matthew Davidson's music featured in "Around the World with Contemporary Composers" at UiTM, Dec. 1st.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 3:00pm

UiTM Faculty of Music  in collaboration with The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) will present its upcoming 4th Malaysian Composers  Concert Series , 30 Nov-1 Dec 2013 at Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre .

Matthew Davidson's Six Chorale Preludes for Piano will be performed by Milan Franek on Sunday, Dec. 1st, along with works by Ross James Carey, Katia Tiutiunnik, Philip Glass, Julian Yu, Makoto Nomura, Li Yiding, and others.

The concert is part of the UiTM Faculty of Music Composers Series to provide a platform for composers to get their works performed, express their voice in original new music ideas and to be heard in public. The concert will be performed by the UiTM New Music Ensemble, gamelan ensemble and choir.

The UiTM Faculty of Music and klpac proudly presents the 4th Composers Concert Series 2013, in collaboration with the Society of Contemporary Malaysian Composers. The concert features students of New Music Ensemble, Voices and special guests performing almost 40 new contemporary compositions by students and other composers.

UiTM - Universiti Teknologi MARA is a public university with its main campus located in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia. The project is initiated by composer/conductor Prof Madya Dr Tazul Tajuddin.

Matthew Davidson resides in Montreal Canada, and holds degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Composers Concordance presents – Three's Keys – at Klavierhaus NYC, December 4th

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

Taka Kigawa, Inna Faliks, & Carlton Holmes
Taka KigawaTaka KigawaWednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 7pm

As part of its 3rd annual festival, entitled Timbre Tantrum, Composers Concordance (“enterprising new music organization” -NYTimes) presents the all-piano event 'Three's Keys,' featuring Taka Kigawa ("extraordinary pianist" -NYTimes,) Inna Faliks ("Signature blend of grace and raw power" -Lucid Culture,) and Carlton Holmes ("Inventive" -Jazziz,) hosted by Klavierhaus on December 4th.

At Klavierhaus' recital hall, each pianist will present a 20-minute solo set of their own contemporary repertoire, including music by Shchedrin, Zhurbin, Ellington, Palkowski, Monk, and Alexander. 

For the grand finale, performers and audience will reconvene in the adjoining piano showroom, for a triple-piano suite composed by Dan Cooper, Sean Hickey, Debra Kaye, Milica Paranosic, and Gene Pritsker. This suite will performed on Klavierhaus' antique instruments, including a 19th-Century Pleyel.

Lawrence Dillon’s critically-acclaimed piano quartet "What Happened" choreographed for Univ of North Carolina dance concerts Nov. 19-23.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 - 7:30pm

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano will be a featured work in the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Fall Dance Concert, presented on November 19 through 23 at 7:30 pm and November 23 at 2:00 PM by the School of Dance and the School of Design & Production at the Agnes de Mille Theatre on the campus of UNCSA, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.

Choreography for What Happened was created by School of Dance Associate Dean Brenda Daniels. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the Atlantic Ensemble at the Maison Danoise in Paris, France in May 2005. It consists of three movements – Gathering, Congregation and Scattering, and has been recorded by members of the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman for the Bridge label.

What Happened was also performed at Composers Now! Festival in New York, in February 2013, by members of Ensemble 20>>21.

Also on the program are new works by School of Dance faculty member Ming-Lung Yang, School of Dance alumna Kimberly Bartosik and choreographer Larry Keigwin. More about the program here.

Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit to purchase tickets online.



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