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


Reginald Smith Jr. to perform Nightsongs by H. Leslie Adams, with Houston Symphony, Feb. 20


Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Reginald Smith, Jr. The Houston Symphony, conducted by Kirk Smith, presents "Lift Ev'ry Voice" on February 20th at the Morris Arts Center at Houston Baptist University. Reginald Smith Jr. will sing excerpts from Nightsongs, by H. Leslie Adams, in the version of Adams' well-known collection of art songs on poetry of African-American poets, as it was orchestrated for Mezzo-Soprano Hilda Harris. Scheduled excerpts to include Prayer (Langston Hughes),  Night Song (Clarissa Scott Delany), and Creole Girl (Morgan Collins). 

Vox Amadeus Symphony to perform Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Overture, Orch by TJ Anderson, Jan. 8th


Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Ama Deus EnsembleVox Ama Deus with guest pianist Peter Donohoe, will present: More Awesome Americans: Gershwin • Bernstein • Joplin • Williams

at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, in Philadelphia, on Friday, January 8th at 8pm.

Celebrate the New Year with effervescent, tuneful, toe-tapping music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin and Williams. Scott Joplin's Overture to Treemonisha, his 1911 opera, with orchestration by T.J. Anderson, is scheduled to be performed by the Ama Deus Ensemble,



Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 8:00pm
DEC 8-13

Regarded as “a composer possessed of both rich imagination and the skill to bring his fancies to life”, Matthew Welch studied composition with Barry Truax, Rodney Sharman, Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton. Mr. Welch’s musical adventures and collaborative spirit have brought him to work with some of today’s most noted musical personalities, sustaining working relationships with experimental music staple Alvin Lucier and MacArthur recipient Anthony Braxton, his previous mentors, and a host of other esteemed artists, such as MacArthur recipient John Zorn, Bang on a Can Co-Director Julia Wolfe, Zeena Parkins, and Ikue Mori. His third disc of his own music, Dream Tigers (Tzadik, 2005), containing his critically lauded string quartet, Siubhal Turnlar, made both Time Out New York’s classical and non-classical top-ten CD lists.


12/8 Tuesday (SV)
8 pm
Cantata Profana plays Welch
Jacob Ashworth (violin, conductor) Kate Maroney (mezzo-soprano) John Taylor Ward (baritone) Hannah Collins (cello) Arash Noori (guitar) Gleb Kanasevich (clarinet) Doug Perry (percussion) Dan Schlosberg (piano)
Canata Profana plays work from Welch’s catalogue of chamber music, including the premiere of Welch’s “Dhammapada Cantata” featuring text from the Buddha.

10 pm
Suzana Bartal Plays the Piano Music of Welch
Suzana Bartal (piano)
Romanian born and Paris residing Bartal is a brilliant young pianist. She presents a program of Welch’s solo piano music, including the premiere of Welch’s “12 Etudes for solo piano.”

Music of New York Composers Circle, Richard Brooks, John Eaton, Dec. 1


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 7:30pm

“New Music for Strings and Piano”
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 7:30 PM
Saint Peter’s Church, 54th St. and Lexington Ave.

Roger Blanc, Duopoly II, for cello and hand drum
Richard Brooks, String Quartet No. 5
John Eaton, Fantasy Romance, for cello and piano
Susan J. Fischer, Notturno, for string quartet

Alice Shields work: Komachi at Sekidera, at Opera America with Aviva Players, Dec. 1


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 7:30pm
 Komachi at Sekidera, a Noh-inspired mini-opera by Alice Shields, will be performed 
Tuesday, Dec.1, 2015 at 7:30 pm  at OPERA AMERICA, 330 Seventh Avenue, NYC (between w.28th & 29th St.)
Performers will include Martha Cluver, soprano, Sarah Carrier, alto flute & Mayuko Matsuda, koto. 
Costume design: Camilla Huey; Costume Assistant Nicole Rauscher; Lighting: Seth Tillet.  
Admission is $20, reception included.  For tickets contact SMARTTIX at 212-868-4444 
or purchase online here  - or, visit the box office on the night of the concert. 
The concert, entitled "THAT CERTAIN AGE" is a program of short operas about aging with grace and humor, produced by The Aviva Players, Kindred Spirits & New York Women Composers, and will also include works by Mira Spektor, Seymor Barab, Anne Phillips, Haim Elisha & Mario Fratti.

"Komachi at Sekidera" by Alice Shields is based on the Japanese Noh play, "Sekidera Komachi" by Kanze Motokiyo Zeame (1363-1443). 

Robert Scott Thompson and Hubert Howe recognized with awards from Musica Nova 2015, Czech Republic


Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Society for Electroacoustic Music of Czech Republic, International Electroacoustic Music Competition
 announces several awards for MUSICA NOVA 2015. 68 pieces were considered from 24 countries.

Robert Scott Thompson, of Georgia State University in Atlanta, received a honorary mention in two categories. 
the Jury included:
Lenka Dohnalová, Rainer Bürck, Juraj Ďuriš, Pavel Kopecký, Michal Košut, Peter Nelson, Rudolf Růžička

A concert of winning and honorary works will take place at the theatre Alfred ve dvoře, in PRAGUE, Czech Republic,

December 11, 2015 at 7 pm

Category A (compositions of autonomous art electroacoustic music)
First Prize
Elizabeth L. Anderson (Belgium/USA) Solar Winds…and Beyond

Honorary Mentions
Adrian Moore (Great Britain) Nebula Sequence
James O’Callaghan (Canada) Isomorphic
Robert Scott Thompson (USA) Sattva

Other Finalists
David Berezan (Canada) Starboard
Hubert Howe (USA) Inharmonic Fantasy No.4
Jean Monique (Canada) Volt_#1
João Pedro Oliveira (Portugal) Neshamah


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