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

Ensemble mise-en premieres new work by Brian Fennelly, March 28, and Sacred Songs at CUA on Jan. 25th

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:00pm

Ensemble Mise-En with Washington Square Contemporary Music Society presents the world premeire of Tableaux for piano and 10 instruments, by Brian Fennelly, on Friday, March 28th at Tenri. Dorothy Chan will be the piano soloist, and Mark Loria will conduct the ensemble.

Tenri Cultural Center
43A West 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Reiko Fueting:   new work for chamber orchestra (world premiere)
Brian Fennelly:   Tableaux (world premiere)
Isang Yun: Oktet (1978, NY premiere)
Clara Latham:   new work for mezzo-soprano and string quartet (world premiere)
Enno Poppe: Herz (2002, US premiere)

 On Saturday, January 25, 2014, Fennelly's Sacred Songs  for baritone and piano will be performed as part of the Catholic University New Voices Festival of vocal music in Washington, DC.

Lawrence Dillon's GPS Lady (trio version) featured in concert at University of North Carolina, Feb. 25th

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30pm

The North Carolina Premiere of GPS Lady by Lawrence Dillon will take place on February 25 at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, 1533 South Main Street in Winston-Salem.

GPS Lady for clarinet, viola, and piano will be a featured work in a music@watson concert by the Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 PM in Watson Hall.

The piece came about through an innovative composer and performer-developed commissioning idea. Read about it at Lawrence Dillon’s An Infinite Number of Curves blog at

Also on the program are trios for clarinet, viola and piano by Mozart, Schumann and Kurtág, a North Carolina Premiere by UNCSA composer Kenneth Frazelle and a US premiere of a work by Daniel Weymouth for clarinet solo. The Espina-Browne-Shteinberg Trio made a successful debut at the Treetops Chamber Music Society in 2013.  Performers will be Oskar Espina-Ruiz, clarinet, Sheila Browne, viola and Dmitri Shteinberg, piano.
Tickets are $15 and $13 for students with valid ID. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit to purchase tickets online.

Music of Erik Lundborg, Ursula Mamlok, Alba Potes, and more, at Greenwich House, Sunday Feb. 23rd

Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 3:30pm
Third Annual Concert
In conjunction with Composers Now Festival
Music for violin and piano from the Americas
20th and 21st Centuries
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3PM
Greenwich House Music
46 Barrow Street New York, NY
Yegor Shevtsov, piano

H. Leslie Adams - Five Millay Songs selected for art song concert at UC Irvine, Feb. 21st

Friday, February 21, 2014 - 8:00pm

ABC's of Song: Songs of Adams, Barber and Copland.  Art Song and Artistry: A program of three song cycles: "Five composer of Nightsongs, Millay Songs, and many othersH. Leslie Adamscomposer of Nightsongs, Millay Songs, and many othersMillay Songs" by Leslie Adams; "Hermit Songs" by Samuel Barber; "Old American Songs: by Aaron Copland.  Darryl Taylor, director. Presented by the University of California Irvine Vocal Arts.  Winifred Smith Hall, UC Irvine, CA.

Outstanding CTSA students perform important song cycles by noted American composers, including Millay Songs (on poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay) by H. Leslie Adams, Hermit Songs by Samuel Barber, and Old American Songs by Aaron Copland. Winifred Smith Hall   8:00 p.m.

Fifth Column performing works by Scott L Miller, with robots - Sat. Feb. 15th

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:00pm

Saturday, February 15, 2014 – 8:00 pm

Lyric Center for the Arts
514 Chestnut St W,
Virginia, MN

Admission: $5

Fifth Column (Scott Miller, Pat O’Keefe, Nathan Hanson, Brett Wartchow) are joined by musical roboticist Troy Rogers performing works by Scott Miller.

Made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 8:00pm

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 - 7:30pm

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 - 8:00pm

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 - 7:00pm

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;


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