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


John Eaton's 80th birthday celebration in music


Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:30pm

Join John Eaton, friends, Pocket Opera Players, the New York Composers Circle, and ACA for a celebration of music by John Eaton.

This retrospective will include works for soloists and ensemble: "Mass II" and "El Divino Narciso" as well as songs for voice and piano. Carmen Helena-Tellez will be the music director.

John Eaton, Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, is a composer with special interest in opera. Called "the most interesting opera composer writing in America today" by Andrew Porter in the London Financial Times, Eaton has penned over fifteen operas and garnered international acclaim as a composer and performer of electronic and microtonal music. Notable works include his television opera, Myshkin; and the operas The Cry of Clytaemnestra and The Tempest.

Harvey Sollberger's Second Grand Quartet for Sixteen Flutes, multiple performances in October


Friday, October 23, 2015 - 8:00pm

IWO QuartetIWO Flute Quartet (Sydney Carlson, Leonard Garrison, Jennifer Rhyne and Cornish faculty member Paul Taub) have been performing a program on tour that includes Second Grand Quartet for Sixteen Flutes: The White Labyrinth by Harvey Sollberger, a piece that IWO commissioned from the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winning composer. The work has been performed in Portland, Tacoma, and Seattle, most recently at the Live Music Project: Seattle on October 12th, and will be performed next Friday,Oct. 23rd at the University of Idaho.

Portrait Concert: Louis Karchin


Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Se-Hee Jin, piano, with musicians from the Eastman School of Music

Portrait Concert: Louis Karchin  

Friday, October 16th, 7pm 

at Spectrum 

121 Ludlow St. #2

New York, NY

The American Living Composer Series, created by pianist Se-Hee Jin at the Eastman School of Music, will present compositions by Louis Karchin with a collective of young professionals from Eastman. The program features works for piano solo, piano and solo voice, piano and violin and six unaccompanied voices. 

Alice Shields work: Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie, at ICSC in Russia, Oct. 4


Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 8:00pm

On October 4th, Mioritza - Requiem for Rachel Corrie for trombone and tape by Alice Shields will be performed at ICSC 2015, the 3rd International Csound Conference, which takes place from October 24, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The conference features three days of computer music - concerts, workshops, meetings and papers in the global community of composers, sound designers and programmers. Mioritza will be performed at the final concert on Oct. 4th, together with music by Massimo Bassan, Alexey Glazkovm, Stockhausen, and others.

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 -



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