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Brian Bevelander | SONGS OF EVOCATION


The Lake Isle of Innisfree; Renee Clair, mezzo-sop

David Froom | Piano Sonata


Piano Sonata 2

Walter Mourant | BLUE HAZE


Mourant's Blue Haze with Reginald Kell, clarinet (Decca)

ACA News and Events

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

Thomas Otten performs piano etudes of H. Leslie Adams, Oct. 19

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 3:30pm

Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.
Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center

Pianist Thomas Otten will be playing a fundraising recital for the National Association of Negro Musicians on Sunday, Oct. 19th at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.  The program includes the Piano Etudes, Part II, of African American composer H. Leslie Adams. Otten's CD of these pieces was recently released on Albany Records.  Otten's 2012 performance ( 3 of the Etudes) can be seen at this youtube link.

This is Otten's first performance in Maryland since graduating from UM in 1983!  A new edition of 9 of the piano etudes has been published this year by the American Composers Alliance.

Lawrence Dillon - The Voice for violin and piano, Free Spirits Ensemble, Sept. 28, Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 3:00pm

Lawrence Dillon’s The Voice for Violin and Piano Performed by Free Spirits Ensemble at their first season concert on September 28 in Apex, North Carolina

Lawrence Dillon’s The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by members of the Free Spirits Ensemble of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, September 28 – 3:00 PM at Halle Cultural Art Center, 237 N. Salem Street in Apex, North Carolina.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos. It is Dillon's melancholic, dramatic embellishment of a transcribed aria for a soprano, from his own 2001 opera Buffa.

Close to Home program:
Sunday, September 28, 2014 – 3pm Halle Cultural Art Center, Apex, NC
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 – 3pm Renaissance Centre, Wake Forest, NC

Featuring the works of composers in the Raleigh area including: Lawrence Dillon, composer-in-residence at UNC Chapel Hill; nationally award winning Bryan Putnam; nationally recognized Lanette Lind; flutist and publisher Ann Pearce, and rising star Daniel Poissant.

Sarah Meneely-Kyder presents new songs in Mandarin Chinese, with Chai-Lun Yueh, Nov. 14

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00pm

On November 14, 2014 (Friday) • 4:00 pm, at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC, Baritone Chai-Lun Yueh, 2013 recipient of a seed money grant from New York Women Composers, will be presenting a concert that includes three works by Sarah Meneely-Kyder with texts performed in Mandarin Chinese.

John Eaton to speak at University of Chicago Humanities Day, Oct. 18th

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Illuminati, 2007-2008On October 18th, composer John Eaton will be giving an hour-long presentation on his recent song cycle, The End of It, during the University of Chicago’s Humanities Day, and will be playing excerpts from recordings of his earlier song cycles.

The full premiere of "The End of It" will be Jan. 24, 2015 by the Contempo Ensemble, which consists of two amazing groups: Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, to which the composer has added the harpist, Alison Attar, and soprano Sharon Harms.  The composition was commissioned in celebration of the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players 50th anniversary.

North/South Chamber Orchestra Celebrates 35th Season Sunday, October 12 at 3pm

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 3:00pm

Max Lifchitz, conductor, and The North/South Chamber Orchestra presents Autumn Harvest, a free concert celebrating the 35th consecutive season of performances featuring music by Elizabeth Bell and Raoul Pleskow. North/South's free admission series focuses on emerging and established composers whose works always stimulate, challenge and excite.  Join us for an afternoon of music Sunday, October 12 at 3pm at Christ & Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church, the oldest church on Manhattan's Upper West Side. 


Thomas Read's Concert Champetre receives American premiere

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 8:00pm

Thomas L. Read's Concert Champetre for guitar and cello will receive its American premiere as part of the Wakefield World Music Festival on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Wakefield Opera House, Sanbornville, New Hampshire, in a recital by Aaron Larget-Caplan, the artist for whom the work was composed. He will be joined in the duo by cellist Raphael Popper-Keizer. Larget-Caplan and Anton Andreev gave the European premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia on May 22, 2014.

Brian Schober's monodrama "White Witch" with Christina Ascher, Oct 23,24,25 at Symphony Space

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 8:00pm

World Premiere of Contemporary Opera White Witch Slated for
October 23-25, 2014, at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space

2537 Broadway at 95th Street

A One-Act Monodrama for Contralto & Percussion with Music by Brian Schober and Libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin

White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City.  The work, with music by Brian Schober and libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, is a one-act monodrama for voice and percussion, directed and choreographed by Lynn Neuman. Renowned contralto Christina Ascher plays the title role, accompanied by percussionist Jared Soldiviero.  White Witch will be performed on Thursday, October 23; Friday, October 24; and Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 pm at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, Manhattan. There will be a Q&A after the performance with the artists and members of the creative team.

The score, a symbiosis of Sorkin’s libretto with Schober’s music, is suggestively evocative and exotic, at different times delicately ethereal, dramatically angular, and deeply psychological. The design team includes Gail Scott White (video and projection design) and Malinda Crump (costume designer).

Tickets can be purchased via the Peter Norton Symphony Space website or at its box office.  Seats are $25 for the general public; $15 for Symphony Space members, students and seniors.

Set in Jamaica in1831, the opera — a tale of voodoo, murder and revenge — is based on the 19th century legend of Annie Palmer, a white English plantation owner notoriously known as The White Witch of Rose Hall. 


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