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

Connecticut Composers Inc. and American Composers Forum co-present music by Elizabeth R. Austin on “National Composer Night Out,” May 14th

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 7:30pm


Date and Time: May 14th, 2015 @ 7:30PM

Location: The Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern St. West Hartford, CT

Tickets: visit for more information

Music by Raoul Pleskow to be performed on Stefan Wolpe tribute concert, May 11

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 8:00pm





















The Violin in Stefan’s Life
Date and Time: Monday, May 11 @ 8 pm

Location: Cary Hall, DiMenna Center, 450 W. 37th, NYC

Tickets: $20 General Admission/$10 for Students and Seniors. Pay by cash/check at the door or make reservations by calling (212) 873-3258. For more info contact

Presented by the Stefan Wolpe Society with assistance from the Roger Shapiro Fund

Wolpe: Second Piece for Violin Alone, Tagore Songs from “Gitanjali,” Sonata for Violin and Piano
Martin Brody: (G) Corona, for piano
Morton Feldman: The Viola in My Life 3
Andy Laster: String Trio
Raoul Pleskow: Zwei Albumblätter for saxophone

Aaron Larget-Caplan performs guitar works by Thomas L. Read in Russian-American festival, May 13-20, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 4:00pm


Dates and Times: May 13, 18, and 20, 2015

Locations: Various; visit this link for complete concert listing

Tickets: Contact the Educational Bridge Project for more information



ACA supports the artistry of guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, who will be performing works by American composers this year at the Annual Russian-American Festival “Days of American Culture in Russia.” The Educational Bridge Project’s biannual Russian-American festival opens on Wednesday, May 13th, and runs through Sunday, May 24th, in Moscow and St. Petersburg. This celebrates the 27th time the Educational Bridge Project brings together Russians and Americans for a series of performances, master-classes, lectures, and other cultural events in both Russia and the United States.


excerpt - Capricci for guitar and string quartet

The New Amsterdam Singers present the NYC premiere of Michael Dellaira’s “Nobody” on May 28, 2015


Date and Time: Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8 pm

Location: Saint Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church, 554 West End Avenue (at 87th Street)

Tickets: $20 in advance/$25 at the door. Discounts for Seniors and Students are available at the door.


Advance tickets may be purchased online at this link.

World Premiere of a new choral work by T.J. Anderson with Robert Pinsky, April 30

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:30pm

ACA composer T.J. Anderson will premiere a new choral piece with lyrics by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky with the choir of the First Parish in Concord.  The premiere is part of The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) 75th Anniversary Gala Celebration to be held at the Westin Hotel Ballroom, 70 Third Avenue, in Waltham, MA.  The gala also features a preview of a new film about UUSC's history and future, paying tribute to several of the individuals rescued by UUSC's founders from Nazi-occupied Europe in 1940.  

Lewis Nielson Portrait - Monday Evening Concert Series April 27

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 8:00pm


Lewis Nielson will be premiering a new work on April 27 at 8pm at the Zipper Concert Hall as part of an event by Monday Evening Concerts, spotlighting the composer and his work. Performers include the Formalist Quartet, Jonathan Hepfer, percussion, and Alice Teyssier, soprano.  

Lewis Nielson Portrait 

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. 

Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School 

200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Gheorghe Costinescu, retrospective concert, Merkin Concert Hall, May 5th

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm

Gheorghe Costinescu: 45 Years in New York City

A Multi-Media Retrospective of composer Gheorghe Costinescu, in his 80th-birthday year;
with some of New York's most important contemporary music artists, including:

Lucy Shelton, soprano
Yungee Rhie, soprano
Stephen Gosling, piano
Cyrus Stevens, violin
Aaron Kahn, trumpet
Voxare String Quartet
Jeremy Gill, conductor

Tuesday, May 5, 2015,  8:00pm
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
Reception following the concert

"The Death of Webern," an opera by Michael Dellaira, at the University of Miami (FL) on 4/23/15






















Date and Time: April 23, 2015 @ 7:30 PM

Location: University of Miami Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, Clarke Recital Hall - Frost Opera Theater

Admission: Free to all


The Death of Webern

An Opera in Two Acts

Music by Michael Dellaira, Libretto by J. D. McClatchy

Alan Johnson, artistic director

Featuring U. of Miami Voice Faculty: Tony Boutté, Maria Denison, Esther Jane Hardenbergh, Kevin Short, and Alan Johnson plus Frost Opera Theater Alumni and Students


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