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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


Double CD on the British LTM label celebrates French and American Avant-Garde, release date Oct. 14

Dane Rudhyar's important place in 20th-century American music has been recognized more and more in recent years; e.g., a full chapter in Carol Oja's Making Music Modern (Oxford, 2003). And now, via two anthologies of modernist luminaries on the British LTM label, his remarkable music is readily available to European audiences. Recordings of his Tetragrams, by ACA composer-pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe, are included in The French Avant-Garde in the 20th Century (LTMCD 2571) and The American Avant-Garde in the 20th Century (LTMCD 2579).

Otto Luening's works for cello, performed by John Kneiling, cello and Mescal Wilson, piano


Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

Otto Luening's works for cello, performed by John Kneiling, cello and Mescal Wilson, piano

at Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Saturday November 8th 2014 at 8pm 

Compositions from Otto Luening's extensive repertoire for cello spanning 70 years will be performed by John Kneiling, cello and Mescal Wilson, piano.

Renee Weiler Concert Hall
46 Barrow Street, NY 10014
Tickets: $15, $10 Students and Seniors
"In American music today there's a terrific amount of differentiation, a variety of styles and approaches. And that's the American story: this enormous, broad thing." - Otto Luening"

Thomas Otten performs piano etudes of H. Leslie Adams, Oct. 19


Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center

Pianist Thomas Otten will be playing a fundraising recital for the National Association of Negro Musicians on Sunday, Oct. 19th at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.  The program includes the Piano Etudes, Part II, of African American composer H. Leslie Adams. Otten's CD of these pieces was recently released on Albany Records.  Otten's 2012 performance ( 3 of the Etudes) can be seen at this youtube link.

This is Otten's first performance in Maryland since graduating from UM in 1983!  A new edition of 9 of the piano etudes has been published this year by the American Composers Alliance.

Lawrence Dillon - The Voice for violin and piano, Free Spirits Ensemble, Sept. 28, Oct. 4


Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Lawrence Dillon’s The Voice for Violin and Piano Performed by Free Spirits Ensemble at their first season concert on September 28 in Apex, North Carolina

Lawrence Dillon’s The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by members of the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 28 – 3:00 PM at Halle Cultural Art Center, 237 N. Salem Street in Apex, North Carolina.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos. It is Dillon's melancholic, dramatic embellishment of a transcribed aria for a soprano, from his own 2001 opera Buffa.

Close to Home program:
Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 3pm Halle Cultural Art Center, Apex, NC
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 – 3pm Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest, NC

Featuring the works of composers in the Raleigh area including: Lawrence Dillon, composer-in-residence at UNC Chapel Hill; nationally award winning Bryan Putnam; nationally recognized Lanette Lind; flutist and publisher Ann Pearce, and rising star Daniel Poissant.

Sarah Meneely-Kyder presents new songs in Mandarin Chinese, with Chai-Lun Yueh, Nov. 14


Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00pm

On November 14, 2014 (Friday) • 4:00 pm, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC, Baritone Chai-Lun Yueh, 2013 recipient of a seed money grant from New York Women Composers, will be presenting a concert that includes three works by Sarah Meneely-Kyder with texts performed in Mandarin Chinese.

John Eaton to speak at University of Chicago Humanities Day, Oct. 18th


Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Illuminati, 2007-2008On October 18th, composer John Eaton will be giving an hour-long presentation on his recent song cycle, The End of It, during the University of Chicago’s Humanities Day, and will be playing excerpts from recordings of his earlier song cycles.

The full premiere of "The End of It" will be Jan. 24, 2015 by the Contempo Ensemble, which consists of two amazing groups: Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, to which the composer has added the harpist, Alison Attar, and soprano Sharon Harms.  The composition was commissioned in celebration of the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players 50th anniversary.


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