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Vally Weigl | FIVE SONGS OF REMEMBRANCE - Mezzo Soprano


excerpt 5. If you were coming in the fall (Mezzo, Cl, pf version)

Mark Thome | SHE: an opera of adventure


"Leo's Epiphany" from SHE: an opera of adventure

Marilyn Bliss | Beneath the Azure Sky

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Beneath the Azure Sky - Marilyn Bliss

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

Jan Gilbert's Poem of the Innocent premiere - Minneapolis - May 4th

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Issa HigiroIssa HigiroPoem of the Innocent by Minneapolis composer Jan Gilbert  is a new work commissioned by the Charles Sigmund Fund of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis for Chorus and Chamber Orchestra.  This work is dedicated to Issa Higiro and his peace building efforts in Rwanda following the 1994 Genocide. 

The composer commissioned texts from a women's youth group in Kigali, Rwanda who wrote about their experiences and memories of growing up during and after the genocide.  Other texts include the story of Immaculée Ilibagiza, whose books Left to Tell and Led by Faith told of her personal journey to find forgiveness when the genocide took away her family, and the poetry of Derick Burleson, an American poet who lived in Rwanda and wrote about the war. 

African drummer Fode Bangoura from Duniya Drum and Dance will join the orchestra in this performance, which premieres on May 4 at 10:30 am The First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mt. Curve Avenue.

Visual Music with David Holzman, piano, at HiArt Gallery, April 19th

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

video by Matthew Greenbaumvideo by Matthew GreenbaumAMPHIBIAN : VISUAL MUSIC with David Holzman, piano.
April 19 8pm HiArt Gallery 227 W29st $15/10

A special event for those who love new music, video art and cartoons, with David Holzman, piano.

On the program: - two new works by Matthew Greenbaum:
I Saw The Procession Of The Empress On First Avenue (visual music)
and Effacement for piano and video.

- Xenakis’ Mycenae Alpha, a classic computer music piece generated by graphic notation 
-Second Thoughts, by Dennis Miller, an American master of visual music
- two classic American cartoons: a new scoring of Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus (1916) By Heather Mease;
and Koko’s Earth Control (1928: Max Fleischer)
and one of Thomas Wilfred’s visionary Lumia compositions, Opus 161.

AMPHIBIAN VISUAL MUSIC CONCERT 3 Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus

Eleanor Cory new works in performances - May 10th and May 17th

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

Eleanor CoryEleanor Cory     The Poets House Literary Partners Program presents a program of music for Voice, Violin, and Cello by composers Eleanor Cory, Lawrence Kramer, John Tavener, and Rain Worthington which will include settings of poems by Anna Akhmatova, Jean Kreiling, and Frederich Nietzche, performed by Heidi Hart, Mezzo Soprano, with the Zentripetal Duo: Lynn Bechtold, violin, and Jennifer DeVore, cello.  The concert will take place on Saturday, May 10th at 5 PM at Elizabeth Kray Hall at Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY. Admission is free.

     Composers Concordance presents 'Generations,' which will feature the music of John Clark, Valerie Coleman, Dan Cooper, a  new Woodwind Quintet by Eleanor Cory, Peter Jarvis, Christopher Li, Milica Paranosic, Gene Pritsker, and Jeff Scott, among others, as well as two competition winners:

Elliott Schwartz visiting composer series and concert at Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt U in Nashville, April 14-17.

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

Elliott Schwartz will be the BMI Visiting Composer in Residence at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, April 14th through 17th, with a concert of his music on the 17th. The concert program: Vienna Dreams, Remembering David (Gamper), The Facebook Chronicles, and Chamber Concerto VI: Mr Jefferson (with Peter Sheppard Skaerved as violin soloist).

In the 1970s and 80s, Schwartz visited Vanderbilt University for performances of his music by the Blair Quartet, and for various electronic music series and festivals with Gil Trythall.

Schwartz will be welcomed back to Nashville with a performance by his collaborator, British violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who participates regularly in a Vanderbilt/Royal Academy of Music exchange.

The Blair School marks its 50th anniversary in 2014 with a year-long celebration in concert events and internationally-known ensembles, composers, and soloists.

Allan Blank choral music to be performed by the James River Chamber Choir, in Richmond, VA, April 26th and 27th.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:00pm

"Songs From the Mid-Atlantic: Regional Choral Music Featuring Composers from Virginia" --On Saturday, April 26th, 7pm at the River Road Baptist Church and on Sunday, April 27, at 5pm at Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond.

The James River Chamber Choir will premiere the newly commissioned work, "Seasons" by Benjamin Broening, a six-movement work for chorus and piano with texts about the seasons from around the world. Other works by Richard Waters, Adolphus Hailstork, Allan Blank, Undine Smith Moore, Jeffrey Riehl and James Erb.

Look and Listen festival 2014 in gallery spaces in Brooklyn and Manhattan, April 26-May2.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 7:30pm

The Festival opens this year on April 27th at BRIC House, with its first-ever Brooklyn-based bill, hosted by Terrance McKnight and featuring mandolin player Joe Brent, the Meehan/Perkins percussion duo, and Hotel Elefant. Brent plays his own NaNo and an arrangement of Animal Collective’s Summertime Clothes, Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins perform Paul Lansky’s composition Travel Diary, and Hotel Elefant plays Life Cycles: Salt Mound, by John Glover, as well as à cause du soleil – Flow Trio, by Richard Carrick. Additional concerts will feature ICE, the Daedalus Quartet, and Duo Gazzana.

Trumpets Shall Sound! Steven Sacco's Sonatina for 2 trumpets and piano, Sunday, April 27th.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 10:00am

Steven Sacco's Sonatina for Two Trumpets and Piano, upcoming performance on Sunday morning, April 27, as part of the Chatter Sunday Series at The Kosmos The Kosmos, 1715 5th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. Additional works by Joseph Turrin, Kevin McKee, and Tim Jansa.

Joel Gressel's Just the Beginning to be presented at Queens College concert, Fri. April 4th.

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 7:30pm

At the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, Friday, April 4th, at 7:30, with music by Joel Gressel: Just the Beginning (2013). The composer notes "The title Just the Beginning comes from a radio commercial from years past that intoned: “Being Jewish is just the beginning.”"  Additional electronic and media works by Hubert Howe, Michael Gogins, and Nina Young, among others, will be presented in this free concert.

7:30 PM: Electronic Music Concert: Hubert Howe, director (LeFrak Concert Hall)

Brooklyn College presents composer John Eaton, special guest of the International Electroacoustic Music Festival, April 3rd

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Composers Forum at Brooklyn College presents John Eaton, special guest of the International Electroacoustic Music Festival.

On Thursday, April 3rd, at 7PM there will be an hour-long concert featuring live performances of John's electronic music from the 1960’s and 70’s with performers Sharon Harms, Emily Mills Woodruff, Bonnie McAlvin and Nick Nelson, as well as a recording of his Concert Piece for Syn-Ket and Symphony Orchestra and a video of a live performance done on the Eaton-Moog Multiple-Touch-Sensitive Keyboards.

At noon on April 3rd, John will give a lecture with recordings of live electronic pieces from his first performances using the Syn-Ket and Moog Synthesizer -- works from the early 1960’s.

Walter Winslow's Concertati Veneziani for sting sextet was performed by dtq ensemble, in Oregon, March 10th

In a concert for the Cascadia Chapter of the National Association of Composers, art historian and curator Patricia Fortini Brown assembled a concert of music by Walter Winslow (1947-1998) and his brother, composer Jeff Winslow (b.1954), featuring the last composed work by the elder Winslow. 

From the composer's note:  Concertati Veneziani was composed in 1996. The instrumentation of 4 violins, viola, and cello allows for the play of two violin soloists against a string quartet group, and allows for solo treatment of the group of violins as well.

On Monday, March 10th, 2014, Cascadia Composers presented works by both Winslows in the concert "From Oregon to Venice, with Love" in The Old Church in Portland, Oregon.


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