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


NY Premiere of Louis Karchin's Luminous Fields, April 1st


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 8:00pm

The New York Premiere of Louis Karchin's new quartet "Luminous Fields" for flute, cello, percussion, and harp, will take place on April 1 by the Washington Square Ensemble, at Tenri Cultural Institute.  Other works planned include music of Elizabeth Hoffman, Wolfgang Rihm, Kurt Nelson, Benjamin Boretz, and more.  $15/$8 studends and seniors.

Experimental Music of Christopher Shultis, concert and CD release, March 19th


Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

An all-Shultis concert will also take place at John Jay College on Saturday March 19 at 8:00 PM at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery John Jay College 860 Eleventh Ave. New York, NY (in Manhattan) and will include music from his new CD: "An Illusion of Desire: Experimental Music by Christopher Shultis."  The concert will include the world premiere of "4-7-3," (with video by Hee Sook Kim) for two percussion and electronics; featuring Doug Nottingham and Brett Reed; 

Robert Carl, recipient of 2016 Arts and Letters Award in Music

Four composers will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.  Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  The winners are Robert Carl, Robert Kyr, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-MuldoonSeventeen total composers will share awards totaling more than $200,000 this year. 

Circling by David Froom - premiere of version for two saxophones, March 10


Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:30pm

The Perrine-Utley Saxophone Duo will give a free concert on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hulsey Recital Hall, 9501 13th St. South. The program will include the world premieres of “Sonata: Folie à Deux” by UAB Associate Professor of Music William Price, and “Circling” for two saxophones by David Froom; “The Garden of Love” for alto saxophone and fixed media by JacobTV; "Caprice en forme de valse" by Paul Bonneau; and “Rush Hour” for tenor saxophone and fixed media by William Price. Saxophonists John Perrine and Brian Utley are both regular guest artists and clinicians at universities and secondary schools throughout the country.

Etudes for Piano by H. Leslie Adams, performed at Gordon House, March 13th


Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 2:00pm

“Delighted to Play Classical Jazz that Pops,” featuring pianist Thomas Otten at 2 p.m. March 13 at 869 W Main St., in Silverton Oregon. The Gordon house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957 and built in 1964.

Thomas Otten chairs the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s piano division and has performed internationally. At Gordon House, he will perform the études of American composer H. Leslie Adams. Études are musical pieces that address specific technical and musical challenges. Adams’ classically rooted études incorporate jazz and pop music.

Barbara Jazwinski - premiere of Shadows in Shades of Blue at NYU, Feb. 21st


Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

The NYU New Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. Esther Lamneck, is recognized for the promotion and performance of contemporary music, using electronic music genres, which include fixed media works to live processing and interactive computer works. On Sunday, Feb. 21, the group performed the world premiere of Shadows in Shades of Blue for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, by New Orleans-based composer Barbara Jazwinski

T.J. Anderson's Spirit Songs featured in Spectrum Dance Theatre Festival, Seattle, Feb. 18-21

Spectrum Dance Theater and Donald Byrd with Seattle-based ensemble Simple Measures, presented Rambunctious 2.0:  A Festival of Music and Dance... including a live performance of T.J. Anderson's Spirit Songs, choreographed and danced by Donald Byrd, Feb 18-21 in Seattle.
The opening show of Spectrum’s 2015/16 Season #RACEish, Rambunctious 2.0 included four world premiere dances focusing on Black American composers.  Music was performed live by Seattle based Simple Measures and Judith Cohen.  Music selections included SPIRIT SONGS for cello and piano by T.J. Anderson, an elder statesman among black composers whose work formed the nucleus of the programming,

Music of Daniel Perlongo, Lewis Nielson, and Gerald Chenoweth at USF, March 20th


Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

The University of South Florida College of the Arts presents the Ars Nostra Piano Duo in a concert Experience the Beauty Beyond the Horizon!! on  March 20, 2016 in the USF Concert Hall in Tampa. 

Pianists Sang-Hie Lee and Martha Thomas with Kyoungha Cho, Narrator, will perform Celestial Phenomena by Gerald Chenoweth, Daniel Perlongo's Windhover for Piano Duo and Lewis Nielson's “...Aber jetzt Die Nacht...”  as well as works by Paul Reller and Eun Hye Park.

The Piano Duo project attempts to establish aesthetic concept of Ars Nostra (our arts) with the emphasis on bringing new music to center stage with ethnographic sentiments,

Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Volodymyr Runchak "Border Crossings" at Tenri Institute, March 11


Friday, March 11, 2016 - 8:00pm

Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Volodymyr Runchak present "Border Crossings" at the Tenri Cultural Institute on March 11 at 8:00PM.

"Border Crossings" is a celebratory cultural exchange featuring premieres by American composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe and visiting Ukrainian composer-conductor Volodymyr Runchak. This event has a superb lineup of seasoned NYC and LA "new music" performers, including trombonist Jen Baker, pianists Gayle Blankenburg and Irena Portenko, double bassist Ken Filiano, soprano Elisabeth Halliday, flutist Rachel Rudich, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck,


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