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

Richard Cameron-Wolfe's Lapis Lazuli and Sacre-Lege performed in Kiev, May 25th

Two works by Richard Cameron-Wolfe were performed on May 25, 2014 during the XXIV International Festival “Musical Premieres of the Season”, held at the Music Hall of the National Union of Composers in Kiev, Ukraine. His Lapis Lazuli (2000; for flute and piano was performed by Sergey Vilka and Vitaly Kyanitsya and his Sacre-lege (2013; for quintet, crafted entirely from musical materials in Stravinsky’s “Sacre”) was performed by Ensemble Sed Contra.

Chamber music of Louis Karchin featured in concert at California Summer Music Festival in Sonoma Valley, July 17th

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

On Thursday, July 17, the California Summer Music Festival (July 5-28), in Sonoma Valley will feature Louis Karchin (brief composer residency), with students and faculty of the festival presenting five recent Karchin works: Ricercare, Four Sketches (both for solo violin), Two Lyrics for solo cello, Lyrics II for piano, and  Second String Quartet.  The concert is at 8 PM in the Green Music Center of Sonoma State University, in Rohnert Park, CA and admission is free. 

JunYi Chow's A Night Without Voices sextet received honorable mention in Society for New Music Brian Israel Prize competition 2014

JunYi ChowJunYi ChowThe Society for New Music 2014 Brian Israel Prize Winners Announced: Honorable Mentions were awarded to: Ross Scott Griffey, for his All suddenly the wind comes soft, for piano, and JunYi Chow (photo) for A Night without Voices, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

The winner of the Society's $750 Israel prize is John Liberatore for his work She rose, and let me in, a set of variations for piano. The New York Federation of Music Clubs Israel Prize was awarded to Michael Boyman for Anger Management – Therapy for Piano Duo, 2013. The composer and violist is also the recipient of the 2014 BMI Foundation William Schuman Award.

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)

baritoneWilliam Sharpbaritone







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,


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