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

Brazen Guns and Gentle Doves Saturday, November 8

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 8:00pm

To mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, The Cheah Chan Duo, consisting of vocalist Phillip Cheah and pianist Trudy Chan, will be performing a commemorative concert on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The concert will feature music by Ned Rorem, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein and more.


Billed as “musical ruminations on war and peace,” the program includes “War Scenes” by Ned Rorem, selections from “Le Tombeau de Couperin” by Maurice Ravel, and works by Leonard Bernstein, Francis Poulenc, George Butterworth, and Robert Savage. The ruminations will be literary as well, featuring the poetry of Walt Whitman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Guillaume Apollonaire, and Louis Aragon put to music.


Brazen Guns and Gentle Doves

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 pm

Church of St. Luke in the Fields

487 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

Tickets: $20 / $12 for students and seniors

Advance Tickets: $15 (available on-line)

Email for more information.

Who Wants Love Songs? Songs of exile by Franz Waxman performed at Old Stone House November 16

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

Who Wants Love?  Songs of Exile by Franz Waxman

Sunday, November 16 @ 4 pm


Old Stone House

Washington Park

PO Box 150613

336 Third Street, bet. 4th/5th Avenues

Brooklyn, NY 11215


Robert Osborne, bass-baritone

Richard Gordon, piano


Tickets:  $20


Franz Waxman  was a German-born, Jewish-American composer, known primarily for his work in film, composing scores for The Bride of Frankenstein, Rebecca and Rear Window.   He also composed concert works, including the oratorio Joshua (1959), and The Song of Terezin (1965) —  a work for orchestra, chorus, and children’s chorus based upon poetry written by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II.  Waxman founded the Los Angeles Music Festival in 1947 with which he conducted a number of West Coast premieres by fellow film composers, and concert composers alike.

Martin Boykan's new release: Music for Piano (1986-2007)

Martin Boykan has released a new CD entitled Music For Piano (1986-2007), available now on Bridge Records. Pianist Donald Berman’s recording of Martin Boykan’s piano music gives passionate voice to the music of one of America’s most undervalued composers. Berman describes the music as: "..lyrical, yet atonal; melodic, yet with wide leaps in register; it sustains over large expanses, yet has quick inner pulsing."

Berman describes his encounter with Boykan’s music: "At the start I was awed by the diamond-like purity of individual moments, daunted by the complex counterpoint…it was music that lived in my head for a long time after performing it. It is deeply personal."


Marc Peloquin performs piano music of Lionel Nowak, Bennington, VT, Nov. 2nd

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Bennington Museum, at 75 Main Street in Bennington, Vermont, will host a concert of piano music by composer Lionel Nowak, on Sunday, November 2nd at 4pm. The concert will also feature music by Otto Luening and Allen Shawn.  Nowak was on the faculty of Bennington College from 1948 to 1993, with the major portion of his prolific output of songs and chamber works composed for his colleagues at Bennington.

New opera by Michael Dellaira, with libretto by J.D. McClatchy, read-through Nov. 8th

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 3:00pm

On Saturday, Nov. 8th, there will be a libretto reading and the first sample of music from the new opera The Leopard by composer Michael Dellaira, based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and currently in development at AOP. Award-winning poet J. D. McClatchy will speak about his work as both poet and librettist.
Mingle with the artists at an intimate reception between the talk and reading.

Saturday, November 8 | 3:00 PM
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

Scott Miller featured in Pat O'Keefe's new CD Contents May Differ

Contents May Differ, the new CD from acclaimed clarinetist Pat O'Keefe, features compositions by fellow Minnesotans.  

ACA composer Scott Miller boasts compositional and performance credits on the title track, which envelops bass clarinet multiphonics in a rich sonic landscape of sine tones and broken clocks.  

Pat O'Keefe is a multifaceted performer who is endlessly active and in high demand in a wide variety of musical styles and genres.  He has performed as as soloist with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles, played for belly dancers, and rocked samba in the streets.  This is his first solo CD of compositions for clarinet and bass clarinet.  

Click here and buy Contents May Differ now.  Your purchase supports music and the arts.  

William Perconti solo saxophone CD release on Albany, Nov. 1st

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:00pm

Saxophonist William Perconti will release a new CD recording of works for solo saxophone on Albany Records, Nov. 1st.  This recording, SINGLE REED,  includes the mainstream family of saxophones -- soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones in a wide variety of classical styles, ranging from tradition tonal music to 12-tone abstraction. Works by Allan Blank, Leo Kraft, Benjamin Britten, Warren Benson, and others, are featured.

David Liptak's "ALIVE" for 6 percussionists, performance at ASU, Dec. 4th

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 7:30pm

David Liptak, composerUnder the direction of J. B. Smith and Simone Mancuso, students from the ASU School of Music’s Percussion Area showcase masterworks from the ensemble repertoire, on December 4th, 2014.  Alive (2014) by David Liptak,  for 6 percussionists will be performed at the Evelyn Smith Theatre at ASU.


Alive is a composition for percussion sextet, and it is scored for three marimbas, two vibraphones, chimes, and xylophone. Composed in 2013, it was written for Michael Burritt and percussion students at the Eastman School of Music. This five-minute work displays a controlled energy; the music for marimbas and xylophone is


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