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




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

Circling by David Froom, Radius Ensemble in Boston, Nov. 14


Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 8:00pm

Radius EnsembleThe Radius Ensemble will perform music by David Froom, Beethoven, Jonathan Bailey Holland, and Sicilian composer Enzo Rao Camemi, at the Longy School of Music in Harvard Square.

David Froom’s Circling, in which two instruments converse, dance, and duel with each other over the course of three movements, revealing their own “voices” and the harmonies and dissonances they create together.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8pm
Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music


Music of Nicholas Maw, David Froom, Stephen Jaffe, and Caroline Shaw, at the Smithsonian, Nov. 7


Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 5:00pm

21st-Century Consort

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s artists in residence perform “the music of our times” inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and collections.
Christopher Kendall, leading musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and other accomplished artists, is excited to present a special fortieth-anniversary season.

The Consort kicks off its season with a tribute to the exhibition Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty, presenting works that push the boundaries of art. This performance highlights composers Nicholas Maw, David Froom, Stephen Jaffe, and Caroline Shaw.

Social Band premieres choral work LATE AND SOON by Thomas L. Read on fall series Nov. 7-15

                 Thomas L. Read


Dates, Venues and Times: Multiple; listed below

Admission is by suggested donation of $15. Tickets are available at the door.

For more information, visit or call (802) 355-4216


Social Band, an a cappella choir based in Burlington, Vermont, will premiere a new work by Thomas L. Read this month. Social Band “presents choral music to the public, encourages new compositions especially by local composers, and fosters the joyful and thought-provoking expression of music.” Read’s work, Late And Soon: Six Climate Choruses a cappella, is in six movements: Twilight, Resistance, Bike Politic, Savor, Winter Green, and One Hundred Years to Come.

Scott L Miller's ACCRETION - premiere by Ensemble U, Nov. 3rd


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 8:00pm

Tallin-based Ensemble U: will be in residence at St. Cloud State University (MN) November 1 – 3, 2015. During their residency, Ensemble U: will present workshops on entrepreneurship, improvisation, and visual music. The residency will culminate in a concert of electroacoustic works by U.S. and Estonian composers, featuring four world premieres. Sponsored by the SCSU School of the Arts Creative Series and the Fuller Residency Fund. All activities take place in Gant Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center, are free, and open to the public.

Ensemble U: (Taavi Kerikmäe, piano; Levi-Danel Mägila, violoncello; Tarmo Johannes, flute; Merje Roomere, violin; Helena Tuuling, clarinet; Vambola Krigul, percussion)


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