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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938

World Premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Sanctuary, by Seattle Chamber Music Society on July 8

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 8:00pm
Seattle Chamber Music SocietySeattle Chamber Music SocietyWorld premiere of Sanctuary, for horn, string quintet, and piano, by Lawrence Dillon, will be performed in Seattle's Nordstrom Recital Hall of Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street in Seattle, Washington, by the Seattle Chamber Music Society performers Nurit Bar-Josef, James Ehnes, Rebecca Albers, Julie Albers, Andrew Russo, Jordan Anderson, Jeffrey Fair.
Other works on the program are Beethoven’s 10 Variations on 'Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu' for Piano Trio, Op. 121a and Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563.

Tickets for the July 8 event are $15. For more information, call 206-283-8710 or visit this link for more info/tickets.

This summer, the Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) is pleased to present 12 (!) concerts programmed by Artistic Director, James Ehnes . The Summer Festival runs from June 29-July 26 and features a number of exciting ensembles, including string quartets by Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Barber, Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (piano, four hand version).

The Complete Copland - by Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis, now available from Pendragon Press.

Pendragon Press is proud to announce the publication of The Complete Copland by Aaron Copland and Vivian Perlis, the founding director of the Oral History of American Music (OHAM) archive at Yale University.
This hardbound volume with 150 illustrations and a new note to the reader by Ms. Perlis, combines and updates the two earlier books she co-authored with Copland, Copland:1900 Through 1942 and Copland: Since 1943.

Louis Karchin's JANE EYRE presented as part of the CCO opera development series at the Cell Theatre, July 24th

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 8:00pm

Three operas-in-progress by Jirí Kaderábek, Todd Goodman, and Louis Karchin' Jane Eyre, under CCO’s Development Series, will be presented along with the World Premiere of Oration by Danish composer Line Tjørnhøj. Conductor/Music Director  is Sarah Jobin.

July 24th 'JANE EYRE' cast includes Marcy Richardson as Jane Eyre, Scott Joiner, Karen Joilcouer, Jami Leonard, Sharon Harms, and Mark Wilson. Sarah Mayers is Stage Director; Michael Fennelly is Music Director.

The Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), founded in 1982 and recognized as a leading proponent of new opera, announces its July 20-27 season in NYC’s Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd St.   All performances are at 8 PM. 

July 20-24, 8 PM – Operas-in-progress
July 26 & 27, 8 PM– world premiere of “Oration”
Cell Theater, 338 West 23 Street, NYC

Music by Steven Gerber - CD release and celebration concert, Friday August 2nd

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 7:30pm

Steven R. GerberSteven R. GerberFriday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 PM

Le Poisson Rouge - 158 Bleecker Street

Doors open at 6:30 for food and drink; concert is from 7:30-9 PM

Tickets $20, $15 in advance

Steven Gerber will present a concert in celebration of his new CD on Albany Records. The concert will feature extraordinary violinists Kurt Nikkanen and Cyrus Beroukhim, as well as Steven Gerber, piano and other performers TBD.  Le Poisson Rouge is a wonderful new venue for new music of all kinds, and all are welcome!

Albany Records will release the new CD of Gerber's piano music, played by the composer, and his "Duo in 3 Movements" for violin and piano, played by Gregory Fulkerson and Jennifer Rinehart.

"The Hippest Etudes in Town..." A lecture recital on H. Leslie Adams by Thomas Otten, June 27th.

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 4:00pm

Thomas Otten, pianistThomas Otten, pianistOn Thursday June 27th, at 4pm, Thomas Otten will give a lecture-recital on the Twenty-Six Etudes for Solo Piano, by composer H. Leslie Adams.

"The Hippest Etudes in Town" is part of the festival The Interaction of Jazz and Classical Music, taking place at Block Hall, West Virginia University in  Morgentown. 

Recorded on Albany Records by Maria Corley (excerpt of 12 Etudes), this enormous collection of etudes is one of the gems of the ACA music catalog, which features many other popular works by H. Leslie Adams, including songs and chamber music.

Lou Rodgers' musical comedy Happy Valentine - at new Opera America Hall on 7th Avenue; Saturday June 22nd

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 7:30pm

Golden Fleece LTD presents the delightful HAPPY VALENTINE, a 15-minute, staged musical comedy by Golden Fleece’s own Artistic Director, Lou Rodgers.  In addition, an hour-long, three-singer version of Matthew Harris's three-act opera TESS  (libretto is based on Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles) in a concert performance with piano. TESS is a Victorian tragedy about a country girl and her entanglement between two men of the upper class. New York’s Karen Jolicoeur, sings the lead.  Performances are at Opera America’s brand new, beautiful recital hall in New York City.

Saturn Dreams of Mercury and other works in performance this month, by Lawrence Dillon

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lawrence Dillon’s Saturn Dreams Lawrence DillonLawrence Dillonof Mercury for string trio will be performed on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 PM by members of The Atlantic Ensemble as part of their concert at Truro Meetinghouse, First Congregational Parish, located at 1 First Parish Lane in Truro, Massachusetts. The Atlantic Ensemble's members are: Wei Tsun Chang, violin; Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola; Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello; and Jennifer McGuire, piano

His Broomstick for violin and piano will be performed on Thursday, June 20 at 8:00 PM at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W 7th Street in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the Charlotte New Music Festival.

The composer writes, “In outlining his second artistic principle – Quickness – Italo Calvino describes himself as “a Saturn who dreams of being a Mercury,” an older man predisposed to introversion and melancholy who nonetheless aspires to the speed and agility of the young god in winged sandals. That image tweaked a musical response from, and the result was Saturn Dreams of Mercury.”

Other composers on the June 19 program include Schubert, Beethoven, Mark O’Connor, Michael Kurek and Scott Joplin. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit

Season Finale - League of Composers/ISCM Concert at Miller Theatre - Monday, June 17

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 8:00pm

Monday June 17th Season Finale Concert: League of Composers/ISCM at Miller Theater - The evening will be hosted by John Schaefer (WNYC) and features live interviews with composers Eve Beglarian, Keith Fitch and Wang Jie.

Conductors: James Baker, Louis Karchin
Soloists: Liang Wang, oboe and Sharon Harms, Soprano

Bruce Adolphe Crossing Broadway (2007)
Eve Beglarian Waiting for Billy Floyd (2010)
Wang Jie * Oboe Concerto for the Genuine Hearts of Sadness (2013)
Elliott Carter Call (2003)
Keith Fitch** In Memory (2013)
Leon Kirchner Lily, version for Soprano & Chamber Ens.(1978)
Guest Speaker: Robert Riggs

The Rose Sonata by Elizabeth Austin featured in recital by Kathleen Dale, June 16th

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 2:00pm

Elizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. AustinPianist Kathleen Dale presents a concert at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 2pm. The concert will include Bach's Prelude and Fugue #6 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book Two, 1738-42), Beethoven's Sonata 81a (Les Adieux, 1809), and two Brahms Intermezzos (1893), the second of which provided part of the inspiration for Elizabeth R. Austin's Rose Sonata for Piano and Reciter (2002), which will round out the program.

Ms. Dale was first introduced to Elizabeth Austin's piano sonata through the work of another ACA composer, Michael Slayton, and his book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music published in 2010 by Scarecrow Press. 

Louisa Loveridge Gallas (reciter of poetry) will join the pianist in performing Austin's exquisite sonata, which has at its heart the rich, sensuous opening bar of Brahms' Second Intermezzo. Austin writes, "At certain points throughout the music, a poem about the rose is recited; this text informs the succeeding portion of the music."

The poems recited are by Ingeborg Bachmann, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Carlos Williams, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. 

The composer notes regarding her Rose Sonata: “This is the second composition in which I have explored using geometric forms found in the natural world as the basis for an overall musical form. It is an ongoing exploration of the idea of motivic

Lawrence Dillon’s Music Featured at Ravinia Festival by Concert Dance, Inc. on June 6 and 7

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:30pm
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:30pm

Lawrence Dillon’s The Better Angels of Our Nature for narrator and piano trio will be one of the featured pieces in Concert Dance, Inc.’s Ravinia Festival performances on Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 7:30 PM each evening in Bennett Gordon Hall, located in the John D. Harza Building at the southwest corner of Ravinia Park, 200 Ravinia Park Road in Highland Park, Illinois. These performances are presented in cooperation with the 2013 Ruth Page Festival of Dance at Ravinia.

A work inspired by the words of Abraham Lincoln, The Better Angels of Our Nature is based on his personal letters. The Dillon score was one of three winners selected from Ravinia's first composition competition in July 2008, created to spur new works inspired by Lincoln’s words. It has had over forty performances in eleven cities. See a video performance of the work here.


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