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Michael Dellaira | THREE RIVERS


Three Rivers - excerpt - Slovak Radio Orch Joel Eric Suben, cond.

Jan Gilbert | GRACE TO YOU (from Nightchants)


Chanticleer - excerpt from CD

Brian Bevelander | SYNTHECISMS NO. 3


Excerpt, Joseph Murphy, saxophone

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

Ed Jacobs' A Function of Memory (2001) performed in New Music @ ECU Festival, March 19

The 14th annual New Music @ ECU Festival took place March 19-23, 2014 at East Carolina University in Greenville. Festival director and founder, Edward Jacobs, presented more than 35 new works by both established and student composers, and featuring the Talea Ensemble, with various student and faculty ensembles and groups. Jacobs' A Function of Memory for clarinet and tape

Elizabeth Bell's L’Neiges d’Antan for violin and piano, North/South Consonance concert April 6th.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm
North/South Consonance Winter-Spring season continues...On Sunday, April 6 at 3 PM Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer and pianist Max Lifchitz team up for Spring Intermezzo – a recital featuring music by composers from Europe and the Americas. In addition to premieres by Juan Pablo Contreras, Silvia Berg, Tonia Ko, Matthew Peterson and Bernard Rands.  The program will also feature rarely heard works by Elizabeth Bell, Max Lifchitz, and Luciano Berio. Christ and St. Stephen's Church on New York City's Upper West Side.

ELIZABETH BELL - L’Neiges d’Antan
SILVIA BERG - The White Rose’s Fragance
TONIA KO - Still Life Crumbles
MAX LIFCHITZ - Transformations No. 2

Claudia Schaer, violin      Max Lifchitz, piano

H. Leslie Adams - Nightsongs - full orchestra version, New York Premiere at Carnegie Hall, April 1st, 8pm

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

Awadagin Pratt, Janet WolfeAwadagin Pratt, Janet Wolfe

Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday Celebration - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 8 PM

Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra celebrate Janet Wolfe's 100th Birthday and all she has done for minority musicians since 1971.

Click here to learn more about Janet Wolfe.

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall- Seventh Avenue and 57th Street

Tickets are $30, $60 and $75. 50% off for Students/Seniors.

Visit or call 212-247-7800 to purchase tickets. You may also call 323-833-2083 for more info on discounts. 



Wagner Siegfried Idyll
H. Leslie Adams
 Nightsongs - Orchestral Setting (New York Premiere)  

(Based on Poems by Harlem Renaissance Writers Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clarissa Scott Delany, James Weldon Johnson, and Leslie Morgan Collins) 

William Foster McDaniel Mia Moja (composed for this occasion)
Bach Piano Concerto in F Minor
Haydn Symphony No. 60 "Il Distratto" 


Pianist/Conductor Awadagin Pratt

Conductor Kay George Roberts

Conductor Tali Makell; Soprano Andréa Bradford; Members of the Housing Symphony Orchestra


Terrance McKnight

Scott Miller's Contents May Differ at Seamus 2014 Electroacoustic Music Conference at Wesleyan, March 28th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:00pm

SEAMUS 2014 - Wesleyan UniversitySEAMUS 2014 - Wesleyan UniversityThe Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) 2014 National Conference will be held March 27 – 29, 2014 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and will feature concerts, installations, workshops, and paper sessions.

Drawing on Wesleyan’s pioneering programs in Experimental and World Music, the conference will collaborate with a number of campus ensembles, including the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, Toneburst laptop and electronic arts ensemble, as well as featuring keyboard soloists Neely Bruce, Ron Ebrecht and special guest Kathleen Supové.

Scott L. Miller's CONTENTS MAY DIFFER for bass clarinet and fixed media will be performed by Beth Wiemann in Memorial Chapel at concert CH2, Friday, May 28th

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story, Albuquerque, NM, April 6th

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 5:00pm

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s 1992 micro-opera Lonesome Dove – A True Story will be presented on the April 6, 2014 opening concert of the 43rd annual John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium - at 5:00PM in Keller Hall at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque. Lonesome Dove is scored for tenor saxophonist, “watcher” (dancer), and “portable darkness”. The production features saxophonist Sarah Mae Jenkins, Luz Guillen, dancerLuz GuillenLuz Guillen, and a critical third element - designed by Richard Hess.  This year’s Symposium is subtitled “Beyond Borders” and its participants include New Mexico, national, and international composers and musicians.

Premiere of Louis Karchin's Ancient Scenes (Seamus Heaney poetry), Sat. April 12, 8pm

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

image from Heaney (1939-2013)image from Karchin's expanded vocal-instrumental Seamus Heaney cycle, now entitled Ancient Scenes, with soprano Sharon Harms as soloist will be presented at the Tenri Institute in NYC on Sat., April 12 at 8 PM.

The Washington Square Ensemble will also perform new works by Elizabeth Hoffman and Jaime Oliver, and additional recent works of Yoon-Ji Lee and Robert Cuckson.  


Joyce Hope Suskind - Yeats Songs - Sunday, April 6th, uptown at 3pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

Adrienne Patino, soprano, and Marcia Eckert, pianist will perform excerpts from Joyce Hope Suskind’s Yeats songs, a Vox Novus / New York Women Composers Collaboration concert.

Musc performed will include works from the recording “Songs by Women” available from and amazon.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St., Half a block East of Broadway between Broadway & Amsterdam.

Reveiw "Suskind's music is filled with the delightful and unexpected harmonies one encounters in Dohnanyi and Korngold..."


Other works on the program include Rain Worthington, Elisenda Fabregas, Hilary Tann, Nailah Nombeko and Binnette Lipper  - Vox Novus' Fifteen Minutes of Fame selections.

Free Admission

This concert is made possible in part by the Seed Money Grant from the New York Women Composers and individual donors.

Ross Bauer's Waters Wrecked the Sky and other Emily Dickinson settings - Brandeis University, March 15th

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Emily Dickinson (1830-86)Emily Dickinson (1830-86)The acclaimed duo of Sarah Pelletier, soprano, and pianist Lois Shapiro will celebrate the poetry of Emily Dickinson in a recital of modern song settings including Aaron Copland's "Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson," a world premiere from Brandeis Department of Music chair Yu-Hui Chang, as well as new Dickinson cycles by Ross Bauer (The Waters Wrecked the Sky) and Eric Sawyer. Location: Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. This follows a symposium performace given at Wellesley College last year.

The Bauer work, “The Waters Wrecked the Sky,” sets five poems offering a sometimes terrifying,

Brian Fennelly-Maverick Prelude & Tango for guitar, UK premiere at Schott Music March 28th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 7:00pm

Brian Fennelly's Maverick Tango (Prelude and Tango for Guitar), with Stanley Alexandrowicz, guitar, in recital "The Virtuoso Guitar," at The Schott Music Shop in London, 7pm.

Friday 28th March 2014, 7.00pm

The Virtuoso Guitar - Stanley Alexandrovicz (10 and 6 String Guitars)

Classical Guitarist Stanley Alexandrovicz, an ALBANY RECORDS recording artist, has released Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco with the Curtis Opera (ALBANY TR1098-99). Also forthcoming is a new CD of 20th and 21st Century American guitar works (Ernst Bacon, Brian Fennelly, Kendall Kennison, Eric Sessler, Edward Green, and Carlton Wilkinson). Mr. Alexandrovicz has received a special recording grant from the Ernst Bacon Society to record the premiere performances of the these works for guitar.

Mr. Alexandrovicz also performs compositions of the 19th century’s greatest composer-guitarists Napoleon Coste, J. K.

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened and The Voice, with Atlantic Ensemble, Thalia Theatre, March 10th

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Atlantic EnsembleThe Atlantic EnsembleChamber Music of Lawrence Dillon Performed by Atlantic Ensemble on March 10 at New York City’s Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

Lawrence Dillon’s What Happened for violin, viola, cello, and piano and The Voice for violin and piano will be presented by the Atlantic Ensemble as part of their March 10 at 8:00 PM Atlantic Ensemble Celebrates American Composers concert in The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway in Manhattan.

What Happened was commissioned and premiered by the Atlantic Ensemble at the Maison Danoise in Paris, France in May 2005. It consists of three movements – Gathering, Congregation and Scattering, and has been recorded by members of the Daedalus String Quartet and pianist Benjamin Hochman for the Bridge label. More about the piece here.

The Voice was written in 2008 and has been recorded by violinist Danielle Belen for Naxos.

Also on the program are Intimate Recollections by Charles Ruggiero, commissioned by the Atlantic Ensemble and the Piano Quartet by Aaron Copland. More about the March 10 program at 212-864-5400 or online here.  

Atlantic Ensemble was formed in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 2003 and is comprised of Wei Tsun Chang, violin, Seanad Dunigan Chang, viola, Kirsten Cassel Greer, cello and Jennifer McGuire, piano. Visit them here


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