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

World Premiere of a New Piece by T.J. Anderson Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:30pm

ACA composer T.J. Anderson will premiere a new choral piece with lyrics by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky with the choir of the First Parish in Concord.  The premiere is part of The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration to be held at the Westin Hotel Ballroom, 70 Third Avenue, in Waltham, MA.  The gala also features a preview of a new film about UUSC's history and future, paying tribute to several of the individuals rescued by UUSC's founders from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1940.  

Portraits - A New Release by Elliott Miles McKinley and SOLI Chamber Ensemble

We are proud to present Portraits - a new release featuring a work by Elliott Miles McKinley and other composers, performed by the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.  Portraits is the 9th album of New Dynamic Records, with newly commissioned works by Elliott Miles Mckinley, Peter Farmer, and Erich Stem, as well as a work by Diego Vega.

Elliot Miles McKinley  

JACK Quartet plays Elliott Carter, Amy Williams, Andrew Greenwald and David Liptak

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 8:00pm

JACK by Henrik OlundJACK will perform Amy William’s Richter Textures, recently composed for and recorded by the quartet. The program will also include Andrew Greenwald’s revolutionary A thing is a hole in a thing it is not. as well as the world premiere of David Liptak’s String Quartet No. 3. To close the show, JACK will tackle Elliott Carter’s rarely performed and explosively challenging String Quartet No. 3.

World Premiere of Louis Karchin's Luminous Fields, Feb 27

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Louis Karchin will premiere his new work Luminous Fields at a concert at the Barnes Foundation.  The concert is part of an exciting new series of contemporary classical music presented by Philadelphia’s acclaimed Network for New Music. World-class composers meet world-renowned art as American virtuosos like Stephen Hartke (LA), Louis Karchin (NYC), Kristin Kuster (Ann Arbor), and Jeremy Gill (Boston) debut unforgettable chamber performances inspired by the legendary art and architecture at the Barnes. The evening includes short talks and access to the permanent collection. Cocktails and light fare are also available for purchase.

John Eaton's "The End of It" world premiere with Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, Jan. 24th

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:30pm

eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet, and conductor Cliff Colnot (photo by Jason Smith)The full premiere of "The End of It" by composer John Eaton, 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, and features texts from Dante's Paradiso and the poetry of John Donne, Karen Swenson and Frederick Borsch.

The program, at Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street Chicago, IL will also feature music by Lee Hyla, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and Huck Hodge.

Robert Carl's Quantum Dances and Lansing McLoskey's The Unreal City - The newEar Ensemble, Feb. 21

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 8:00pm

Season 22 for newEar Contemporary Music Ensemble, Kansas City, MO -


Main Series Concert 1

Saturday, February 21, 2014 - 8pm  (pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm)
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
4501 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64111

Lansing McLoskeyThe Unreal City (2011) 
Eun Young Lee – a quiet way (2006, 2012)
(Winner of the newEar Composer Competition)
Kaija Saariaho – Serenatas (2008) 
Helmut Lachenmann – Pression (1970)
Robert Carl - Quantum Dances (2010)

newEar Ensemble

ACA Holiday concert - Piano music of Lionel Nowak, Otto Luening, and more, Dec. 6th

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 7:30pm

Marc Peloquin, Yael Manor, Christopher Oldfather

American Composers Alliance (ACA) Music for Piano, and Holiday Party
Tenri Gallery, New York City
Saturday, December 6, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Pianists:  Marc Peloquin, Yael Manor, and Christopher Oldfather (with Fredrica Wyman)

Sample of piano music by Lionel Nowak "Capriccio"

Sample of piano piece by Otto Luening, written for Lionel Nowak "Right Hand Path"


Premiere Performances of Thomas L. Read's Lightning Galop by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:30pm


Performances of T. L. Read's Lightning Galop, an orchestral fanfare commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra in celebration of its 80th season will open concerts by the VSO, conducted by Anthony Princiotti.

December 12 (Barre Opera House, Barre, VT) 7:30pm
December 13 (Flynn Theatre, Burlington, VT) 7:30pm
December 14 (Paramount Theatre, Rutland, VT)  3:00pm


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