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Dane Rudhyar | Tango D'Antan


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J. Willard Roosevelt | MAY SONG IT FLOURISH


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Frederick C Tillis | Beyond Shades of Doubt


Paulina Stark, soprano; Nadine Shank, piano

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

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

Matthew Greenbaum's "Automat" for ensemble with video - world premeire at the Hi-Art Gallery, March 25th

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:00pm

Matthew GreenbaumMatthew GreenbaumNEXT WEEK’S CONCERT - LOTS TO SEE AND HEAR!!! (including insect drag)   


March 25 8PM     HIART GALLERY 227 W29

Aaron Einbond: BESIDE ONESSELF Stephanie Griffin, viola, processed sound
Andrew Taylor: down/out/through Priscilla Smith, soprano, electronics premiere

Matthew Greenbaum: AUTOMAT (2012) ACA (music/video) premiere
Randall Woolf: REVENGE! (Film/film score)

Annie Gosfeld: SHOOT THE PLAYER PIANO (video)

Mari Kimura: ATMOS for recorded tape (1996, revised 2006)
Heidi Jacob: SALOME REVISITED (electronic sound)
Maurice Wright: NEW WORK

Future concerts:


Luciano Berio: Sequenza IXb
Hayes Biggs:

Melissa Pausina: NEW WORK

Matthew Greenbaum: Bits and Pieces      

Those Who Do Not Move | Lewis Nielson world premiere, with Ensemble Sospeso and Moto Perpetuo; March 19 at 8pm.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 12:00am

These two impressive organizations team up for the world premiere of Those Who Do Not Move (do not notice their chains) for large ensemble of speaking musicians, live electronics, and dancers by the boundary-pushing Oberlin composer Lewis Nielson. Nielson’s music features minute, transcendent beauty within grandiose and complex structures and thematic material, often employing a political bent. Those Who Do Not Move explores crowd formation types, actions, and dispersal as described by Elias Canetti in his masterwork Masse und Macht (Crowds and Power). The piece draws on the poetry of Paul Celan and works around themes of identity loss, lust for destruction, and the moment of eruption. In the words of the composer, the work exists “as an open question, kinetic in form…[it] is not meant to dazzle.

Lawrence Dillon's Amadeus ex Machina for chamber orchestra will be performed by the Boca Raton Symphonia, April 21st.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4:00pm

Lawrence DillonLawrence DillonOn Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 4 pm LAWRENCE DILLON's Amadeus ex Machina will be performed by the Boca Raton Symphonia, Constantine Kitsopoulos, Guest Conductor.  Venue: The Roberts Theatre at Andrews Hall; Center for the Performing Arts at Saint Andrew’s School. 3900 Jog Rd., Boca Raton, FL 3343. Other works on the program include DVORAK Violin Concerto in A minor, op. 53 and BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8.

From the composer's notes:  Amadeus ex machina is a whimsical re-imagining of Mozart's 40th symphony from the perspective of a sophisticated - but somewhat disoriented - machine. Themes are mixed and matched in odd combinations, key centers are skewed in unexpected directions, and the entire composition is condensed into a ten-minute soundbite.

Book of Whimsy to receive performance by David Oei at Benzaquin Hall, May 21st.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 7:30pm

Steven SaccoSteven C. SaccoDavid Oei will be playing music from the Book of Whimsy by Steven C. Sacco on May 21st, at 7:30pm at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th street, Benzaquin Hall.

Whimsy is a series of short movements, each dedicated to a different pianist, including Bud Powell, Bill Evans, Rebecca La Brecque, Oscar Peterson, William Komaiko, Olli Mustonen, Chick Corea, and many others.

Peninsula Womens Chorus to premiere groundbreaking work "How many times..." by William DeFotis

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 12:00am

Peninsula Womens ChorusPeninsula Womens Chorus

Peninsula Womens Chorus to perform multiple performances of William DeFotis's brief, yet hauntingly moving choral work, the full title of which is as follows:

How Many Times Had We Found Ourselves Mouthing Received Opinions, Using the Language of Oppression, Before We No Longer Had Any Claim to Be Oblivious to Our Having Become Both Victim and Perpetrator of Injustice?

New Music for Treble Voices Festival concert season:

Sunday, April 7th 2013 4:00 p.m. All Saints Episcopal Church 555 Waverley St Palo Alto, CA

 May concerts: Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:00 p.m.Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:00 p.m. Mission Santa ClaraSanta Clara University500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 

Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, May 14, 2013 8:00 p.m. San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores)3321 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 

The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music. The PWC inspires and enriches its audiences through its concert series, its ongoing program of premiering new works, and its collaborations with other Bay Area performing groups. The PWC is a two-time winner of Chorus America’s prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and has performed three times by invitation at the national American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention. Since the fall of 2003, the PWC has been directed by Martín Benvenuto.

Composer and conductor William DeFotis was born in Chicago in 1953.  He studied composition with Herbert Brün, Ben Johnston, and Morgan Powell at the University of Illinois (B.M. and M.M.) and conducting with James Dixon at the University of Iowa (D.M.A.).  In 1977 he was awarded a Fulbright

World premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Hubert Howe, and other (mostly) premieres March 15th at Queens College 8pm

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 8:00pm

Hubert HoweHubert HoweRaoul PleskowRaoul PleskowRichard BrooksRichard BrooksHubert Howe and Friends – A concert of (mostly) premieres

This hurricane-postponed concert will now take place on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM at LeFrak Concert Hall on the campus of Queens College, Kissena Blvd. At the Long Island Expressway (65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing NY 11367).  Admission is free.  For more information, call 718-997-3800.

The program will include world premieres of Symphony No. 4 and Scene for solo clarinet by Hubert Howe, as well as Maestro Hsu: His Pavane, His Fantasy and His Elegy by Raoul Pleskow, and Sweet Betsy, A Fantasy on an American Folk Song by Richard Brooks, and Crux for ensemble and dancers by Jonathan Howard Katz.

Performers for the concert feature the New York Edge Ensemble conducted by Ben Arendsen, Aiko Imaziumi, piano, and choreographer Leigh Schanfein.

HUBERT S. HOWE, JR. was born in Portland, Oregon in 1942 and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where he began his musical studies as an oboist. He was educated at Princeton University , where he studied with J. K. Randall, Godfrey Winham and Milton Babbitt, and from which he received the A.B., M.F.A.

World Premiere of "The Geography of Loss" by Robert Carl - March 11, Merkin Hall in New York 7:30pm

Monday, March 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

(breakfast in Japan)Composer Robert Carl(breakfast in Japan)On Feb. 23rd, the premiere of Robert Carl's Processional: “A Tree Rises” for zheng and bass clarinet took place at Conservatory Connections, Nelson Atkins-Museum of Art, (Kirkwood Gallery) in Kansas City, MO.

Upcoming performances of music by Robert Carl include:

March 3, 3 PM: Changing My Spots for variable instrumentation; The Generous Ensemble, Scott Comanzo, director, Westfield State College, Westfield MA.

March 11, 7:30 PM, Merkin Hall, New York City: premiere of The Geography of Loss for soprano, baritone, chamber choir, and 8 instrumentalists; Khorikos, Jesse Peckham, conductor, with Jolle Greenleaf, soprano and Vince Vincent, baritone. Get tickets here.

March 20, 7:30 PM, Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford: premiere of The Inevitable Wave (C) for chamber orchestra and fixed media; Foot in the Door, Edward Cumming conductor.

Robert Carl  (b.1954) received his musical training at Yale, Penn, and the University of Chicago. He also studied in Paris during 1980-1 as a Lurcy Fellow at the Conservatoire

Louis Karchin's Four songs on poems of Seamus Heaney, to be performed March 22nd in Charleston, SC.

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 8:00pm

Louis KarchinLouis KarchinWinner of the 2012 Andrew Imbrie Award An ensemble of members of the South Carolina Symphony, Magnetic South, will present Louis Karchin's Heaney Songs on March 22, 8 PM, at the Simons Center in Charleston, S. C., with soprano Deanna McBroom, and conductor Yiorgos Vassilandonakis.



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