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


Steven Sacco's Sonata for Bass Trombone to be performed by Blair Bollinger at Juilliard, June 10th


Friday, June 10, 2016 - 3:30pm

The 2016 International Trombone Festival at The Juilliard School is here in New York City June 8-11. This 45th annual event will unite many whom share a common passion for the trombone, celebrating the instrument in all its facets with many activities including -  world premieres, recitals, masterclasses, exhibits, chamber music, jazz concerts, and a special concert at the New York Philharmonic.

Rodland Duo gives world premiere of BALLAST by David Liptak at American Viola Society Festival, June 11th


Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 11:30am

The Rodland viola/organ duo - Carol Rodland, viola; Catherine Rodland, organ will give a recital in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College, on June 11, 2016, as part of the American Viola Society Festival 2016. Included in the performance will be their commissioned works, Ballast by David Liptak, and Concertpiece by John Weaver.

Letter from Italy, 1944 wins Boston/New England Emmy Award

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016, the Boston/New England Emmy Award ceremony at the Westin Copley in Boston honored the oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder,  winning an award for post-production excellence by Karyl Evans, Producer, and Connecticut Public Television.

The oratorio, with music by Sarah Meneely-Kyder and libretto by Nancy Fitzhugh Meneely, describes the life of their father, a doctor in the 10th MT Division, before, during and following WWII.  It was premiered in April 2013 as a work for orchestra and soloists.  The documentary film adaptation, Letter From Italy, A New American Oratorio, created by Karyl Evans and narrated by Meryl Streep,  premiered on June 14, 2015 on PBS and received two Emmy nominations.  In addition to the orchestral score, there are versions of the oratorio's music for Baritone and String Quartet, as well as an aria for Tenor and Piano, offered through American Composers Edition (BMI).

Composer/pianist Sarah Meneely-Kyder (b. 1945) is a graduate of Goucher College, Peabody Conservatory and Yale University. Her composition teachers have included Robert Hall Lewis, Earle Brown

The Mud Oratorio by Alice Shields, at NYEMF June 14th


Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:30pm
June 14th, 2016 at 12:30pm: concert presentation of The Mud Oratorio, a 51-minute computer piece for dance theater, with music and libretto by Alice Shields, presented by the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at The Playhouse of the Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street), on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Mud Oratorio was originally commissioned by Dance Alloy of Pittsburgh and Frostburg State University in Maryland. I created the work around two Nature Conservancy swamps in Frostburg Maryland whose flora and fauna survived the ice age. My voice narrates, with bird and animal imitations by a local biologist, and sounds constructed by digital sampling and software synthesis.

Music for percussion and tuba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Aug. 30th


Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 7:30pm

Darleen Mitchell's "Antiphonal Dreams" for euphonium and marimba will be performed by director of percussion studies, Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, marimba, and Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey, euphonium.

Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey, faculty tuba / euphonium recital; with Dr. Joseph Van Hassel, marimba

TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 2016 - 7:30 PM

University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Moore Hall Auditorium
Pembroke, NC


NYCEMF June 5-19 with music of Hubert Howe, Alice Shields, Joel Gressel, and much more


Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 3:00pm

Join the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival 2016 for a series of 35 concerts, seven of which will take place June 5-7 at National Sawdust, 80 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, in association with the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial, and the remaining 28 concerts will be June 13-19 at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan.  Information on and tickets to these concerts is available on this and also this web sites.

Hubert Howe  twill have two works on the series: music with video by Sylvia Pengilly featuring Inharmonic Fantasy No. 4 on Monday, June 6 at National Sawdust, and Harmonic Fantasy No. 2 for piano and electronic sounds on Saturday, June 18, with pianist Jonathan Howe.  Joel Gressel's Deconstructing Maria, and Alice Shields' The Mud Oratorio will be performed on June 14th at Abrons Arts Center.  Additional works throughout this series by Madelyn Byrne, Joel Chadabe, Tania Leon, Eric Lyon, and many others will be featured.



NYCEMF concert listings, all:

National Sawdust Concert Schedule
(Concerts 1-7)

Concert 1
Sunday, June 5, 3-5 PM
Thomas Dempster, melt
Gerald Eckert, Klangräume II
Damon Lee, Stumm
Fernando Laub, Consumation
Andrew Babcock, Ventriloquy
Tania León, Axon

ACA Presents Firehouse New Music Series hosted by Iktus Percussion, Sat. June 4th


Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:00pm

Iktus Ensemble - Firehouse Space Series - June 4th, 2016

The final concert of the season for the Firehouse New Music Series that is hosted by Iktus Percussion, ACA Presents music from American Composers Edition, including works by Robert Carl, Alice Shields, Scott L. Miller, Lewis Nielson,  Christopher Shultis, Richard McCandless, and Daniel Tacke.  The Firehouse Space, at 246 Frost Street in Brooklyn, is close to the Graham Avenue subway stop on the L line.

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Sean Statser, and Piero Guimaraes at the core. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join the ensemble for this concert. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging composers,

Richard Cameron-Wolfe - Ukraine tour begins June 2nd, Kiev performance June 6th


Monday, June 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s “Breathless” band (cantata ensemble) Ukraine tour begins Thursday, performing June 2 in the Hall of the Kharkov Philharmonic (in an Eastern Orthodox cathedral), June 4 in the Zhitomir National Cosmonautics Museum (a Sputnik suspended high above the performers), and June 6 in the Hall of the Kiev Union of Composers.

Matthew Welch awarded Asian Cultural Council Fellowship to Philippines

Composer Matthew Welch has been awarded a grant and fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to research in the Philippines. Welch's family, maternal side, were located in the Philippines 1905-1945, including the Santo Tomas internment during WWII.  Research on this history and stories related has fueled the composition of Welch's opera-in-progress "And Here We Are," which was presented as part of the composer's residency at The Stone in December, 2015.

Review:  "Welch’s And Here We Are followed, a more overtly sentimental path based on the memoirs of the composer’s great uncle, an opera singer imprisoned in the wartime Philippines. The piece circled with a jazzy flair provided by the small ensemble (trumpet, piano, vibraphone, bass guitar and drums, conducted by the composer). Baritone and librettist Daniel Neer intoned reminiscences of Welch’s elder in a half-spoken vibrato. Reflections of a life’s hardships, joys and yearning were pushed by an ever-modulating piano and round-robin repetitions moving across the band. The music ascended and descended, always moving while refusing to mold to the emotional impulses of the fragmented story.” – Kurt Gottschalk, New York Classical Review


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