ACA Audio Excerpts

Griffith Rose | Gedichte vom Mond


Excerpt - Gedichte vom Mond by Griffith Rose



Toccatas and Fantasias, 5th, Brian Schober, organist



Schober - Nunc Dimittis - excerpt St. Thomas' Church

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

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story, Albuquerque, NM, April 6th

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 5:00pm

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s 1992 micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story will be presented on the April 6, 2014 opening concert of the 43rd annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium - at 5:00PM in Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Lonesome Dove is scored for tenor saxophonist, “watcher” (dancer), and “portable darkness”. The production features saxophonist Sarah Mae Jenkins, Luz Guillen, dancerLuz GuillenLuz Guillen, and a critical third element - designed by Richard Hess.  This year’s Symposium is subtitled “Beyond Borders” and its participants include New Mexico, national, and international composers and musicians.

Premiere of Louis Karchin's Ancient Scenes (Seamus Heaney poetry), Sat. April 12, 8pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

image from Heaney (1939-2013)image from Karchin's expanded vocal-instrumental Seamus Heaney cycle, now entitled Ancient Scenes, with soprano Sharon Harms as soloist will be presented at the Tenri Institute in NYC on Sat., April 12 at 8 PM.

The Washington Square Ensemble will also perform new works by Elizabeth Hoffman and Jaime Oliver, and additional recent works of Yoon-Ji Lee and Robert Cuckson.  


Joyce Hope Suskind - Yeats Songs - Sunday, April 6th, uptown at 3pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

Adrienne Patino, soprano, and Marcia Eckert, pianist will perform excerpts from Joyce Hope Suskind’s Yeats songs, a Vox Novus / New York Women Composers Collaboration concert.

Musc performed will include works from the recording “Songs by Women” available from and amazon.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St., Half a block East of Broadway between Broadway & Amsterdam.

Reveiw "Suskind's music is filled with the delightful and unexpected harmonies one encounters in Dohnanyi and Korngold..."


Other works on the program include Rain Worthington, Elisenda Fabregas, Hilary Tann, Nailah Nombeko and Binnette Lipper  - Vox Novus' Fifteen Minutes of Fame selections.

Free Admission

This concert is made possible in part by the Seed Money Grant from the New York Women Composers and individual donors.

Ross Bauer's Waters Wrecked the Sky and other Emily Dickinson settings - Brandeis University, March 15th

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Emily Dickinson (1830-86)Emily Dickinson (1830-86)The acclaimed duo of Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and pianist Lois Shapiro will celebrate the poetry of Emily Dickinson in a recital of modern song settings including Aaron Copland's "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson," a world premiere from Brandeis Department of Music chair Yu-Hui Chang, as well as new Dickinson cycles by Ross Bauer (The Waters Wrecked the Sky) and Eric Sawyer. Location: Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. This follows a symposium performace given at Wellesley College last year.

The Bauer work, “The Waters Wrecked the Sky,” sets five poems offering a sometimes terrifying,

Brian Fennelly-Maverick Prelude & Tango for guitar, UK premiere at Schott Music March 28th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

Brian Fennelly's Maverick Tango (Prelude and Tango for Guitar), with Stanley Alexandrowicz, guitar, in recital "The Virtuoso Guitar," at The Schott Music Shop in London, 7pm.

Friday 28th March 2014, 7.00pm

The Virtuoso Guitar - Stanley Alexandrovicz (10 and 6 String Guitars)

Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrovicz, an ALBANY RECORDS recording artist, has released Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco with the Curtis Opera (ALBANY TR1098-99). Also forthcoming is a new CD of 20th and 21st Century American guitar works (Ernst Bacon, Brian Fennelly, Kendall Kennison, Eric Sessler, Edward Green, and Carlton Wilkinson). Mr. Alexandrovicz has received a special recording grant from the Ernst Bacon Society to record the premiere performances of the these works for guitar.

Mr. Alexandrovicz also performs compositions of the 19th century’s greatest composer-guitarists Napoleon Coste, J. K.

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened and The Voice, with Atlantic Ensemble, Thalia Theatre, March 10th

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Atlantic EnsembleThe Atlantic EnsembleChamber Music of Lawrence Dillon Performed by Atlantic Ensemble on March 10 at New York City’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano and The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by the Atlantic Ensemble as part of their March 10 at 8:00 PM Atlantic Ensemble Celebrates American Composers concert in The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan.

What Happened 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. More about the piece here.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos.

Also on the program are Intimate Recollections by Charles Ruggiero, commissioned by the Atlantic Ensemble and the Piano Quartet by Aaron Copland. More about the March 10 program at 212-864-5400 or online here.  

Atlantic Ensemble was formed in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2003 and is comprised of Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola, Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello and Jennifer McGuire, piano. Visit them here

Ray Luedeke's The Art of Love / Into the Labyrinth presented by Voice Afire Pocket Opera/Cabaret on March 22nd

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 8:00pm
Ray Luedeke and Voice Afire present an evening of wines and opera - cabaret on Saturday, March 22 at Tenri Institute in Greenwich Village.

The evening will begin with a wine reception showcasing Italian wines from Roca della Masie, Stella & Mosca, St Michael Eppan, and Zenato and Prosecco from Enrico, Toffoli, and Zardetto, followed by a thrilling concert of The Art of Love (Into the Labyrinth), Ray Luedeke’s original, virtuosic score for two pianos and a text adapted from an ancient manual banned for two thousand years, Ovid’s The Art of Love.

Darwin's Dream II, with music by Elliott Schwartz and Video by Dorothy Schwartz, in discussion at SGI conference

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:00am

video still 1Darwins Dream II video still 1Deborah Cornell of Boston University will be presenting excerpts from Elliott Schwartz's Darwin's Dream II for video and chamber ensemble, at the Southern Graphics International Printmaking Conference in San Francisco on March 29. The panel "Synapse" will be part of the conference-- Bridges -- and will investigate the intersections between traditional and emerging technologies in graphics and printmaking.

The musical work, first performed in 2010, is designed for performance as a multi-media “event,” employing visual projections of art work by Dorothy Schwartz and recorded sounds

H. Leslie Adams - Hymn to Freedom cantata, performed at Indiana University, Feb. 23rd

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 4:00pm

Samuel Coleridge-TaylorSamuel Coleridge-TaylorLast month, the African American Arts Institute at Indiana University, along with the Jacobs School of Music and the Archives of African American Music and Culture, presented a number of events to celebrate the works of black composers. This included a library exhibit and the latest in the “Extensions of the Tradition” concert series on Sunday, February 23rd in Auer Hall on the campus of Indiana University.

Featured works included “Three Fanfares for Four Trumpets” by American Neo-classical composer Ulysses Kay and “Five Negro Melodies for Piano Trio” by early 20th-century English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

More recent works were performed, including H. Leslie Adams‘ cantata “Hymn to Freedom,” conducted by JSOM music student Ronald Nash, and Valerie Capers’ “Songs of the Seasons,” for soprano, cello, and piano.

Director Dr. Charles E. Sykes said that this year’s concert focused exclusively on chamber works written by black composers. The concert was performed exclusively by students from the well-known Jacobs School of Music.

Ensemble mise-en premieres new work by Brian Fennelly, March 28, and Sacred Songs at CUA on Jan. 25th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ensemble Mise-En with Washington Square Contemporary Music Society presents the world premeire of Tableaux for piano and 10 instruments, by Brian Fennelly, on Friday, March 28th at Tenri. Dorothy Chan will be the piano soloist, and Mark Loria will conduct the ensemble.

Tenri Cultural Center
43A West 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Reiko Fueting:   new work for chamber orchestra (world premiere)
Brian Fennelly:   Tableaux (world premiere)
Isang Yun: Oktet (1978, NY premiere)
Clara Latham:   new work for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (world premiere)
Enno Poppe: Herz (2002, US premiere)

 On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Fennelly's Sacred Songs  for baritone and piano will be performed as part of the Catholic University New Voices Festival of vocal music in Washington, DC.


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