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"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


Elizabeth R. Austin in residence at Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, Oct. 22 concert


Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 8:00pm

             Elizabeth R. Austin


Date: Thursday October 22nd, 2015

Time: 8 pm

Location: Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University

Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave., Nashville, TN

Admission: Free

For more info, visit this link


Baltimore-born composer and organist Elizabeth R. Austin is an American artist with international appeal. Her works are performed in Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa, as well as in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Her music has been received with distinction and has been broadcast worldwide, especially featured on Germany’s Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk. She also serves as organist/choir director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Windham Center, CT.

World premiere of Eleanor Cory's "Rikers Island" with Ensemble Pi, Oct. 10


Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 7:30pm

Ensemble Pi Celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its Annual Peace Concert Series With "Music & Captivity"

Eleanor Cory: Rikers Island (World Premiere)

Frederic Rzewski: Attica

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Excerpt from Joseph Assadourian’s theatrical piece, The Bullpen

October 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. @ The Sheen Center, NYC

The rise of mass incarceration and the racial disparities it reveals have become pressing issues today. For the 10th anniversary of its annual Peace Concerts series, the socially conscious music collective Ensemble Pi presents a program of contemporary chamber works written in response to imprisonment, its politics, and the emotional toil it takes on inmates.

The concert’s highlight is the world premiere of Rikers Island (2015) by veteran New York composer Eleanor Cory. Scored for clarinet, piano, cello, violin, and a narrator, the work draws mostly from the newly published These Are Hard Times for a Dreamer – the fruit of a two-year workshop at Rikers Island, led by NY Writers Coalition. Written by women inmates, the texts and poems mine with great pathos family tragedies and the pain of raising children while being incarcerated.

The program also includes Frederic Rzewski’s minimalist masterpiece, Attica (1972), composed in the wake of the 1971 upstate New York prison rebellion. Scored for narrator and open ensemble, the work is based on

Miriam Gideon's setting of "To Thomas Moore" will be performed at Oxford, Oct. 19th


Monday, October 19, 2015 - 7:30pm

Gillian Keith, Simon LepperGillian Keith  (soprano), Matthew Hargreaves (bass-baritone) & Simon Lepper (pianist) will be performing music on texts of Burns, Byron, and Moore - three poets whose far-reaching influence in song may be surprising. From traditional Celtic melodies to songs by Schumann, Loewe and Berlioz, Gillian Keith (visiting Oxford Lieder for the first time), Matthew Hargreaves and Simon Lepper explore a rich array of settings. Miriam Gideon's setting "To Thomas Moore" with text by Lord Byron, from her work Poet to Poet, is scheduled to be performed. Holywell Music Room, £25  More info here

Pianist Simon Lepper is a professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course. He is an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.

The concert is part of Oxford Lieder Festival 2015: 16th - 31st October.

Miriam Gideon's work Poet to Poet (1987) for high voice and piano contains three movements -


Marc Peloquin plays music by Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Del Tredici, and Lionel Nowak on October 4, 2015


Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 3:00pm

Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015

Time: 3 pm

Location: Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

Admission: Free

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Pianist Marc Peloquin will play a concert of music by composer-pianists, including Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, David Del Tredici, and ACA composer Lionel Nowak at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, October 4 at 3 PM.

Daria Semegen's electroacoustic music celebrated at the 2015 EAW conference in Aveiro, Portugal, Sept 17-20


Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 1st International Congress for Electroacoustic Music – will take place between the 17th and 20th of September 2015, at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos in Aveiro, Portugal.  Electroacoustic Winds 2015 (EAW) is presented by the Research Centre for Electro-Acoustic Music (CIME) and the Institute for Ethnomusicology – Research Centre for Music and Dance (INET-md) at the University of Aveiro.

EAW 2015 highlights the special participation of the American composers Daria Semegen (1946) and John Chowning (1934) and the French composer Jean-Claude Risset (1938). In addition to the conference, the event also includes a set of workshops for musicians and sound engineers. For the broader public, there will be various lectures and concerts.

Resonant Bodies Festival opening concert - Music of Tom Flaherty, David Liptak, and James Yannatos, and more


Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 7:30pm

The opening night of the 2015 Resonant Bodies Festival will be the most exciting and ambitious yet, presenting three visionary, internationally-acclaimed sopranos: Lucy SheltonTony Arnold, and Dawn Upshaw. ACA composers are well represented, with Tony Arnold singing music of David Liptak, and Lucy Shelton singing music by Tom Flaherty and James Yannatos.  This amazing concert will also feature music by Sheila Silver, Susan Botti, John Chowning, Eric Nathan, and many others. Merkin Concert Hall at 730pm, Wednesday night.

Buy tickets for opening night here

Festival calendar here

Piano duo TwinMuse performs music by Matthew Davidson in Montréal on Sept. 29 and 30


Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 8:00pm


Dates: Tuesday September 29th and Wednesday September 30th, 2015

Time: 8 pm

Location: Chapelle St-Louis de l'Église St-Jean-Baptiste, 4230 rue Drolet, Montréal (QC), H2W 2L6

Tickets: $20 advance purchase

Tickets will also be available at the door for $25 (doors open at 6:30 pm)

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Canadian Piano duo TwinMuse (Hourshid & Mehrshid Afrakhteh, pianists) will perform an imaginative recital program at the Chapelle St-Louis de l'Église St-Jean-Baptiste in Montréal, Quebec on September 29 and 30 at 8 pm.

Music of Dane Rudhyar by pianist Ron Squibbs, Sept. 20th


Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 8:00pm


Date and Time: September 20, 2015 @ 8 pm

Location: von der Mehden Recital Hall, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Tickets: Free



Pianist Ron Squibbs, Associate Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut (Storrs), will perform music composed by ACA composer Dane Rudhyar (1895 - 1985) on September 20, 2015 at UCONN’s von der Mehden Recital Hall.



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