ACA Audio Excerpts



Toccatas and Fantasias, 5th, Brian Schober, organist

Mark Thome | SHE: an opera of adventure


"Ustane's Lullaby" from SHE: an opera of adventure

Dorothy Rudd Moore | DIRGE & DELIVERANCE


Excerpt from 2nd movement - Kermit Moore, cellist

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

Elliott Schwartz's Memorabilia for Piano to be Performed at Boston University, Friday, March 20

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8:00pm

Elliot SchwartzElliot Schwartz

Elliott Schwartz's Memorabilia for piano is to be performed in concert at Boston University, Friday, March 20 at 8:00pm as part of The College Music Society's 36th Northeast Regional Conference.  The two-day conference, taking place March 20-21st focuses on programs that consider the philosophy and practice of music as an integral part of higher education.  Performing the piano suite will be Katie Cushing, piano.  

Elliot Schwartz's Memorabilia  @ The College Music Society's 36th Northeast Regional Conference
Friday, March 20th 2015
Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215

Concert begins at 8:00pm.  Learn more and register for the conference here.  

Memorabalia is a suite comprised of 12 movements for piano solo, with optional assistants. Four of the movements are theatrical. In one movement, a narrator selects a poem (in the language of the audience) not longer than 8 - 10 lines; He/she does not inform the pianist of the poem ahead of time.  Read a fascinating note from the composer here about the creation and inspiration of this piece.  

Gheorghe Costinescu at 80 - Retrospective Concert - Merkin Concert Hall, May 5

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm

Gheorghe CostinescuACA and Friends of Gheorghe Costinescu co-present a retrospective concert in honor of composer Gheorghe Costinescu, with artists including Stephen Gosling, piano; Lucy Shelton, soprano, the Lehman Percussionists, Aaron Kahn, trumpet, and violinist, Cyrus Stephens.

SONATA FOR THE PIANO (1957, 2007-08)
ESSAY IN SOUND for the piano (2011)
ONE MINUTE TRIBUTE: 9/11/01 for four percussionists (2002) The Lehman Percussionists |
Short film (2015) World premiere with his animation of Tribute in Light - Moment of Silence - photographed by Dan Nguyen (2009)

CITY WAVES: A Portrait in Sound of New York (1985, 2013) Collage of electronic New York premiere and concrete sounds
VOICES WITHIN for solo violin (1989)
TAI CHI ON THE HUDSON for string quartet and animation

Robert Carl Presents Five Compositions in Celebration of his 60th Birthday Sunday, March 1st

Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 2:00pm

Robert CarlRobert CarlRobert Carl will be presenting a recital of his music in celebration of his 60th birthday at Hartford University on Sunday, March 1st, at 2pm.  The concert will feature five pieces, two of which are premieres of new versions.  Perfomers include Janet Arms and Michelle Stockman, flutes; Matt Russo, trombone; Katie Lansdale, violin; Margreet Francis, piano; Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi; and the violin studio of Katie Lansdale, with Matt Norman on viola.

Robert Carl's Birthday Concert
Sunday, March 1st at 2pm
Hartford Universty
200 Bloomfield Ave West Hartford, CT 06117
Berkman Recital Hall

The concert will also be streamed online for those who wish to enjoy it remotely.  

John Eaton's and Brian Fennelly's Compositions to be Performed in Memorial Concert for Stephen Leibholz

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:30pm

John Eaton's Ad Luciam Beatricem and Brian Fennelly's Memoria: Ballade, Babittelle, & Eidolon will be performed at a memorial concert for Stephen W. Leibholz.  The concert features music for voice and piano, and will take place on Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30pm at Saint Peter's Church.  

The memorial concert also includes works by Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Richard D. Russell, Cesar Vuksic, Martin Halpern, Debra Kaye, and Dana Dimitri Richardson.  The performers are Sofia Dimitrova and Jacqueline Thompson, soprano, Phoebe Haines, mezzo-soprano, Jim Trainor, baritone, David Keberle, clarinet, Haim Avitsur, trombone, Stanichka Dimitrova, violin, James Waldo, cello, Michael Brofman, Earl Buys, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Simon Mulligan, and Christopher Oldfather, piano.  

There will be a wine-and-cheese reception following the concert.  Suggested donation of $20; free for students.  

A Memorial Concert for Stephen W. Leibholz:
Music for Voice and Piano
Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30pm 
Saint Peter's Church at Citigroup Center
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York City

Produced by New York Composers Circle.  

Brian Fennelly's Three Piano Pieces to be Performed at NYU's Piano Music After 1950, February 20th

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:00pm

Brian Fennelly's Three Piano Pieces is to be performed at a Composers Now/Tutte Le Corde concert entitled Piano Music After 1950 in NYU's Black Box Theater, February 20th, 2015 at 8:00pm.  The concert is part of an annual festival program presented by The Pianists of NYU Steinhardt that features piano music written since 1950, with an emphasis on living composers. 

Featured composers include Brian Fennelly, Saad Haddad (New York premiere of Shifting Sands), Kaija Saariaho, Michael Finnissy, Shuai Zhang, Jonathan Harvey, and Oliveier Messiaen.  

Performers include Nicole Wakabayashi, Meng Yang, Zi Liang, Xintong Zang, Sun a Kang, Levi Vutipadadorn, and Marilyn Nonken, Director, Piano Studies.  Fennelly's Three Piano Pieces is to be performed by Zi Liang.  

Tutte le Corde 
Piano Music After 1950

Friday, February 20, at 8:00pm 
Black Box Theatre, NYU 

82 Washington Square 
Free and Open to the Public

Mark Zuckerman's and Jody Rockmaker's Pieces to be Performed at 8th Annual Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival, February 22

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 2:30pm

Mark Zuckerman

Jody Rockmaker's piece "Bulbe" from Yiddush Choruses and Mark Zuckerman's arrangements of Mikhl Gelbart’s composition “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl,” (“I am a Little Dreydl”) and Itsik Manger and S. Beresovsky’s “Dolye Mayne, Dolye” will be performed at the 8th Annual Mercer County Jewish Choral Festival on Sunday, February 22nd, at 2:30pm.  A Tapestry of Time - A Symphony of Sound, will feature 100 singers from several synagogues and community choruses sharing a wide range of Jewish sound spanning ages and countries.  

Mark Zuckerman will discuss his involvement with Yiddish choral arrangements and the challenges he has experienced when communicating, through music, facets of Jewish spirit, culture and experience. All of the singers will sing his arrangements at the end of the concert.  His arrangements have been performed on four continents, has been called the foremost choral arranger of Yiddish song alive today. A composer for vocalists, chamber groups and orchestras, he earned his Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, where he served on the music faculty and taught courses ranging from jazz to computer music.

Jody Rockmaker is the recipient of numerous awards including a Barlow Endowment Commission, Fulbright Grant, two BMI Awards for Young Composers, an ASCAP Grant, the George Whitefield Chadwick Medal from New England Conservatory, and a National Orchestral Association Orchestral Reading Fellowship. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Villa Montalvo, and has been a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. He taught at Stanford University and is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University School of Music.

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

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

On Friday, Feb. 27 at 6:00 PM, Philadelphia's cutting-edge Network for New Music will present four commissioned works, including the premiere of Louis Karchin's latest chamber work, Luminous Fields, for flute, cello, percussion and harp. All of the works were inspired by paintings in Philadelphia's Barnes Collection, and the concert will take place at the museum itself. The concert will be repeated at West Chester University, outside Philadelphia, on March 3.

Network for New Music and the Barnes Foundation proudly present new major commissions highlighting their 30th Anniversary Season. Join them on February 27th from 6–9 pm for the world premiere of four new works by American composers who respond to art and architecture at the Barnes. 


Tickets available online at
$30 regular / $24 member tickets include access to the legendary Barnes collection.

Excerpt - Capriccio - Louis Karchin

Beth Wiemann Performs with the Cadenzato Faculty Saturday, February 7, 7:30pm at the University of Maine

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30pm

Beth Wiemann will perform a program along with eight other faculty members of the school of Performing Arts faculty members at the University of Maine Saturday, February 7, at 7:30pm.  The program features a mix of Baroque and contemporary chamber music with compositions by Castérède, Castella, Gordon Jacob and James Simon. 



Minsky Recital Hall February 7 • 7:30 p.m. Tickets $9 • Free with Student MaineCard



Matthew J. Greenbaum at the Tenri Cultural Center, Wednesday, February 25 - new time: 9 pm

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 9:00pm

Matthew GreenbaumMatthew GreenbaumThree pieces by ACA composer Matthew J. Greenbaum will premiere at Tenri Cultural Center on Wednesday, February 25 at 8:30pm.  Performers include The Momenta Quartet, Vox n Plus, David Holzman, Cynthia Folio, and Nicholas McNamara.

43A West 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues


Three new works by Matthew J. Greenbaum:
'Adam for improvising viola and video animation (Stephanie Griffin, viola)
Make Like an Amoeba for flute and video animation 
More Venerable Canons for String Quartet

MUSIC FROM NEW MEXICO COMPOSERS: Steven Block, Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Christopher Shultis, March 14th NYC

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00PM
Cary Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, New York City

Guest artists to include: Lawrence Zoernig, cello; Gayle Blankenburg, piano; Keith Lemmons, clarinets; Elisabeth Halliday,Soprano; Miranda Cuckson, violin; The Hoffmann-Goldstein piano duo, and Crossing 32nd Street percussionists Simone Mancuso, Doug Nottingham, and Brett Reed.

New York Premieres of works including Richard Cameron Wolfe's Lilith, MeMarie, and Time Refracted; Steven Block's Five Plainchants and eveningspun/black; and Christopher Shultis' Oneiro with video by Hee Sook Kim, and (from) Waldmusik.

Advance Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here:

or $15 each at the door.


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