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

Lawrence Dillon, Bruce Adolphe, Cassatt Quartet, selected for Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, July 7-12

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 12:00am

courtesy Bangor NewsSeal Bay, Mainecourtesy Bangor NewsThe 2014 Program and Participants

Three American composers have been invited to the Seal Bay Festival for July 2014:

Daniel S. Godfrey
Bruce Adolphe
Lawrence Dillon

Cassatt String Quartet (New York, NY)

Composers and performers will be in residence at the festival’s home base on Vinalhaven Island and nearby coastal areas of Maine. The festival contains concerts, workshops, public radio interviews, art gallery performances, and much more. The festival’s goal is to make American chamber music a living experience for concert audiences, artists and school children in a geographical and cultural setting (the year-round population of coastal Maine).

Louis Karchin - Lyrics II for solo piano, performed at NYU by Nino Zhvania, June 22

Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 3:00pm

New piano work by Louis Karchin, "LYRICS II" will be performed at the NYU Black Box Theatre on Sunday June 22 at 3 PM along with music by Elizabeth Hoffman and Stockhausen, performed by pianist Nino Zhvania (Jvaina).  The concert is free, and the entrance is at 82 Washington Square East.

David Froom's Amichai Songs, with William Sharp, baritone, Orchestra of the League of Composers, June 16th

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:00pm

June 16, Louis Karchin will conduct the splendid Orchestra of the League of Composers in a program of Suzanne Farrin (world premiere) David Froom, David Lang, Philip Glass, and Webern's Symphony, Op. 21 (commissioned by the League in 1927).


SEASON FINALE 2014 — JUNE 16th! 

The Orchestra of the League of Composers
Monday, June 16, 2014
8:00 PM
Miller Theatre, Columbia University
Tickets: $20 (General Admission) / $10 Student & Senior (65+)

Conductor: Louis Karchin
SoloistsKirsten Sollek, alto; Ray Chenez, countertenor;
William Sharp, baritone; Peter Van Derick, speaker
Host: John Schaefer (WNYC)

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David Froom        Amichai Songs (2010)
Anton Webern      Op. 21 “Symphony” (1928) League commission, 1927
David Lang           Pierced (2007)

NIELSON, LACHENMANN, HEIDELBERGER, with Oerknal! New Music Collective, Amsterdam, June 12

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 8:30pm

Join Oerknal! for a set of concerts exploring the relationship between music and words!

Lunatics!, June 11 and 12 concerts including:

Nathan Heidelberger - My Hands Are Empty (2011)
Helmut Lachenmann - Pression (1970)
Lewis Nielson - ...the crisis of conscience when making war but the need is to make love (and vice versa)... (2008)


conductor - Gregory Charette
mezzo-soprano - Marine Fribourg
composer-in-residence - Nathan Heidelberger
poetry and spoken word - Amber-Helena Reisig

Featuring music by our 2014 composer-in-residence Nathan Heidelberger, including Descriptions of the Moon - a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano that sets texts from nine different authors and poets. This song cycle will be interwoven with a new composition by Nathan written especially for Oerknal! Also on the docket are …the crisis of conscience when making war but the need is to make love (and vice versa)… - a fiercely energetic and original sextet by American composer Lewis Nielson –

BOYKAN, SCHEUER, GANDOLFI, and RANDS, at TANGLEWOOD (Ozawa Hall), Sunday, July 20th.

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 10:00am

The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music, directed by John Harbison and Michael Gandolfi, highlights the works of American composers, with performances of contemporary chamber music by Martin Boykan, Jacob Druckman, Yehudi Wyner and Steve Mackey, and TMC commissions of Bernard Rands Folk Songs (world premiere) and Benjamin Scheuers Voices (world premiere).

The 2014 Festival of Contemporary Music has been endowed in perpetuity by the generosity of Dr. Raymond H. and Mrs. Hannah H. Schneider, with additional support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Fromm Music Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.

Tickets $11

Hubert Howe's Tetrachordal Etudes for Solo Piano, concert with New York Composers Circle, June 7th

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:00pm

On June 7, 2014 at 8 PM there will be a concert presented by the New York Composers Circle at Symphony Space's Thalia Theater, NYC. This concert is dedicated to friend and NYCC member Cesar Vuksic. Cesar... composer, pianist, painter will be missed by all those who knew him. Cesar's artistry, his commitment to new music was boundless. The concert will include a new work of Cesar's for 4-hand piano. The work, Tango Moods, was written for Marcia Eckert who will be joined by Debra Kaye in this premiere. The concert features other NYCC composers with a number of premieres.

Elizabeth Austin - AMERICAN TRIPTYCH - and other works from SCI and Connecticut Composers, June 28th at Steinway Hall.

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Elizabeth R. AustinElizabeth R. AustinNew Music and Premieres at Steinway Hall , June 28th, 2014, 3-5 pm  --an exciting program of new music at Steinway Hall - Saturday, June 28th from 3-5 pm, iincluding music by several SCI members, including Allen Brings, David Heinick, Elizabeth R. Austin, and several members of Connecticut Composers, Inc.

The program will include premieres, and admission is free. Afterwards, please joing us for refreshments, and meet the composers and performers!
Works scheduled:

SONATA - David Henick,

THREE PIECES -Robert Hansler,
THREE STUDIES, for Piano, left-hand - Allen Brings,

Brian Fennelly's Sacred Songs, performed by One Quiet Plunge, Hudson Valley Composers, June 29th

Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 3:00pm

Baritone Kelvin ChanBaritone Kelvin ChanBaritone Kelvin Chan will perform Sacred Songs by Brian Fennelly in Poughkeepsie, NY, Sunday, June 29th at the Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center.  It is the inaugural concert for One Quiet Plunge.

Sunday June 29, 2014

Cuneen-Hackett Arts Center
9 Vassar Street
Poughkeepsie, NY



Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Kelvin Chan, baritone
James Fitzwilliam, piano

One Quiet Plunge, a group devoted to the promotion and performance of new music by Hudson Valley composers, announces its inaugural concert on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3 PM at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center (9 Vassar Street) in downtown Poughkeepsie. The program of 90 minutes will include a mixture of pieces from established and emerging Hudson Valley composers, including Nina C. Young, Lawrence Kramer, Richard Wilson, Joshua Groffman, Jonathan Chenette, Brian Fennelly, and Craig Fryer,

Lewis Nielson - Drake Andersen - Turkar Gasimzada - new works - performed by Ensemble Sans Maitre at Tenri Institute, May 31st

Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00pm


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Ensemble Sans Maitre performs new works by Lewis Nielson, Drake Andersen, and Turkar Gasimzada, including Andersen's new viola concerto for Kallie Ciechomski.  Saturday May 31st at Tenri Institute, 8pm.


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