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

Radio Operas by Experiments in Opera - new works by Matthew Welch and more - Feb. 28, March 1st

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 20:00
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 20:00

Experiments in Opera returns to the Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater to premiere Radio Operas – a collection of six 10-15 minute works that explore a wide range of stories highlighting the composers’ interests in Modern abstractionism, science fiction, melodrama, satire, hallucinatory experiences, scientific discoveries, and pop culture icons.

Featured works: 'Ping' by John King, 'The Mutt' by Matthew Welch, 'Thomas Paine in Violence' by Paul Pinto, 'The Collector' by Aaron Siegel, 'I Need Space' by Jason Cady and Ann Heppermann, and 'These Walls Can Talk' by Jonathan Mitchell.

Featured performers: Joan LaBarbara, Vince B. Vincent, Erin Flannery, Jamie Jordan – vocals; John King - viola and electronics; James Moore, Taylor Levine and Mary Halvorson – guitar; Matt Evans - percussion; Matthew Welch, Aaron Siegel – spoken voice; Karl Larson – piano; Jason Cady – modular synthesizer; Ed Herbstman, Dennis

Music of Karl Weigl featured in "Singing a Song in a Foreign Land" symposium concert event, Feb. 22 in London

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 19:30

Singing a Song in a Foreign Land Concert Event:  7:30pm | 22 February 2014 | Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall  -Royal College of Music - London

 --How do emigre composers react to finding themselves in a strange land? Do they embrace the culture of their new home? Are  they overcome with nostalgia for the land of their birth? 

Stephen Johns and the acclaimed Royal College of Music Chamber Choir join forces with leading instrumentalists for a gala concert which includes various responses to exile.

This concert forms part of a two-year RCM project: Singing a Song in a Foreign Land, led by RCM performer-researcher Norbert Meyn.

Full program:

R Kahn Trio in G minor op 45
Joseph Horovitz String Quartet no 5
Gál Britische
Gál Volkslieder
K Weigl The Refugee
K Weigl The Watchman’s Report
Toch Valse for chorus and percussion
Eisler Little Woodbury Songbook

The project focuses on the emigration of composers from central Europe as a result of persecution by the Nazis in the 1930s.  

Vocal music of one of ACA's founding members, Karl Weigl (1881-1949) will be performed, including the song The Refugee, from 1939, and The Watchman's Report, for baritone, mixed choir and piano, from 1941. 

John Eaton's Sor Juana Songs re-scheduled from snowstorm - now March 6th

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 20:00

The Sor Juana Songs, performed by two remarkable artists, soprano Sharon Harms and pianist Christopher Oldfather on March 6th at 8:00 at St. Peter’s Church on 54th, mid-block east of Lexington Ave

The composer John Eaton calls his Sor Juana Songs his "most challenging and moving song cycle for soprano and piano."  It will be performed by the extraordinary soprano Sharon Harms and the incredible pianist Christopher Oldfather on NEW DATE: Thursday, March 6th in Saint Peter's Church at the Citicorp Center on 54th St. east of Lexington Ave. at 8PM.  There is a suggested donation of $20; students are admitted free. The concert is sponsored by New York Composers Circle.

The poetry in Eaton's cycle is from Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz, a nun and major Baroque literary figure of Mexico who was a 17th-century trailblazer for women's rights.

Folie À Deux performs works for two violas at the Wilton Library, Friday, Feb. 21st

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 19:00

Friday, Feb. 21 Connecticut's Own Concert: Folie À Deux, 7 – 8 p.m.  New York City-based violists Nora Krohn and Nick Revel return to Wilton Library for their engaging program, Folie à Deux. Nick Revel is a graduate of Wilton High School and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Nora Krohn, a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Brown University and SUNY Purchase, plays regularly with the Ridgefield Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, and DiCapo Opera. The duo will be performing works for two violas, including Violette Op. 40 by John Ferritto. Admission is free, but registration strongly suggested. Arrive by 6:50 to be sure your reserved seat is available. Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton;

Ben Wu plays solo viola music by David Liptak and others - Tues. Feb. 11th at 8pm, SUNY Stony Brook

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 20:00

Benjamin WuBenjamin WuBenjamin Wu is performing solo viola music by David Liptak and others - Tues. Feb. 11 at Staller Hall, SUNY-Stony Brook, 8pm. DMA recital concert -

Bach, Messiaen, Bloch, Liptak, and general Stockhausen-ey-ness. On a Viola!

congratulations and best wishes to Ben Wu!

"Out Front" Solo Music from ACA - Friday, Feb. 14th at Tenri Cultural Institute, NYC, 7pm

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 19:00

Join us for two sets of music on Valentine's Day, including an intermission with food and drink at the beautiful Tenri Cultural Institute in Greenwich Village, on 13th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. 

This concert will be presented as part of February's Composers Now Festival 2014, which takes place throughout the city. 

Arthur MoellerArthur MoellerAnthony LaLenaAnthony LaLenaAmelia LukasAmelia Lukas

Harley GaberHarley GaberSteven BeckSteven Beck

Zach Herchen & Elisabeth HallidayZach Herchen & Elisabeth Halliday

Sarah McKittrick SethiSarah McKittrick Sethi

Zach HerchenZach Herchen

Beth WiemannBeth Wiemann



Elisabeth HallidayElisabeth Halliday


The evening focuses exclusively on solo music written by ACA-published composers. For years, contemporary composers and performers have been using galleries and other intimate spaces as a platform for developing new works, and encouraging dialogues with their audience. 

The concert will feature works selected, performed, and championed by young performers who specialize in new music. ACA is also paying tribute to two  members on the program: Harley Gaber (1943-2011), and Allan Blank (1925-2013). Blank's Interacting Patterns was his last completed solo instrumental work and is a world premiere.  

David Liptak, premiere of "ALIVE" for 6 percussionists, at Eastman School of Music, Feb. 27th

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 20:00

ALIVE, a new piece by David Liptak, will receive its first performance by the Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Eastman Theater (Kilbourn Hall) in Rochester, NY, on Thursday, Feb. 27, David LiptakDavid Liptak2014. It is scored for percussion sextet (3 marimbas, 2 vibraphones, chimes, xylophone) and is about 5 minutes in duration.

Jason Calloway IN CONCERT - AMPHIBIAN SERIES - MUSIC of Matthew GREENBAUM, Akira TAKAOKA, and more, Feb. 17th

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 20:00

Jason CallowayJason CallowayThe first Amphibian event will take place on February 17, and it will be extraordinary: a recital by the virtuoso cellist Jason Calloway, with shakuhachi master and composer James Nyoraku Schlefer. The program will include the Luciano Berio Sequenza XIV for solo cello partially based on Sri Lankan tambour techniques, as well as a new work by Akira Takaoka in his striking series of pieces for instruments and computer-modified sound with a new piece for Jason. He’ll also give the premiere of Matthew Greenbaum's new solo cello piece, Working Blue.

HiArt Gallery (New York City)
227 W 29th Street, 4th floor, at 8pm.
Admission $15/10


Bunraku -- Toshiro Mayuzumi (1964)
-- Miguel Pedraza (2013) -- World Premiere
Sidewalk Dances
-- James Nyoraku Schlefer (2014) -- World Premiere
New Work
-- Akira Takaoka (2014) -- World Premiere
Working Blue
-- Matthew Greenbaum (2013) -- World Premiere
Sen II
-- Toshio Hosokawa (1986, rev. 2002)

Cellist Jason Calloway has performed to acclaim throughout North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Middle East as soloist and chamber musician.  He has appeared at festivals including Lucerne, Spoleto USA, Darmstadt, Klangspuren (Austria), Acanthes (France),

Lansing McLoskey winner, and Brian Fennelly runner-up by the Red Note Music Festival Competition, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 00:00

The judging for the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition - Category A (Chamber Ensemble) has now concluded.  There were 355 anonymous submissions from around the world.  Initial rounds were judged by members of the Music Composition faculty at Illinois State University.  The final round was judged by the esteemed composers: Lei Liang (University of California, San Diego), David Rakowski (Brandeis University), and Barbara White (Princeton University)

The results of the competition (Category A) are as follows:

Specific Gravity: 2.72, by Lansing McLoskey (Miami, FL)

Trial and Error, by Ricardo Eizirik (Zurich, Switzerland)
Skyscapes III, by Brian Fennelly (Kingston, NY)


Music of Brian Schober in concert and on the radio - Jan 20-22, Feb. 14 and Oct. 23-25.

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 07:00

photo by Gina GenovaBrian Schoberphoto by Gina GenovaOn February 14 at 7 p.m., Margaret Mills will perform an excerpt of Brian Schober's Manhattan Impromptus on a concert at the Third Street Music School Settlement, 235 East 11th Street, NYC.  If you missed her performance of this work last year, here's your chance.  In addition, the complete Manhattan Impromptus, recorded by pianist Stephen Gosling in its full concert length version, will be broadcast on Q2 Music which is the online version of WQXR next Monday through Wednesday of next week (Jan 20-22) on the program Hammered! a program of contemporary keyboard music hosted by pianist Conor Hanick. The program runs from 10 - 11AM (EST) each day, The link is

Also, save the date:  Schober's one-woman opera The White Witch for mezzo soprano and percussion will be premiered by Christina Ascher and Jared Soldiviero at Symphony Space located on the corner of Broadway and 95th Street on October 23-25.


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