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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


Michael Dellaira's new opera, world premiere recording release, Albany Records, Jan. 1

Albany RecordsThe obsession of musicologist Hans Moldenhauer to uncover the truth in the killing of composer Anton Webern by American soldiers in 1945 drives the story behind The Death of Webern, the second collaboration between composer Michael Dellaira and librettist J.D. McClatchy. Webern's brief, luminous compositions altered the course of 20th century music and Dellaira's score contains some wonderful moments of homage.

Robert Carl's symphonic WHITE HERON to be performed in Bristol, CT, Jan 31st


Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 3:00pm
Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Marshall Brown, Music DirectorThe Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra of Bristol, Connecticut, presents:  "Charles Ives Comes to Bristol"
The orchestral portion of the program opens with Dvorak's boisterous Carnival Overture, and White Heron, by contemporary Hartford composer Robert Carl. The composer’s use of  bird calls contrasted with music representing the presence of the ocean in its vast natural grandeur is reminiscent of Ives’ Unanswered Question. Thanksgiving and Forefather’s Day from the Holidays Symphony of Charles Ives, as well as other works for choir and handbell choir will be performed.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Bristol Eastern High School
632 King Street, Bristol, CT

Lionel Nowak: Music for Solo Piano, double album recording release, Dec. 21st









A double CD of 18 solo works by pianist-composer Lionel Nowak (1911-1995), from the early short descriptive to the later large-scale virtuosic, this collection spans 50 years.

Hear samples/purchase:  here

Marc Peloquin’s new recordings of eight works on Album I are paired with historic recordings on Album II of live performances at Bennington College by Claude Frank, Allen Shawn and Nowak himself, newly re-mastered (some from original reel-to-reel tapes). The new double album, recorded in January 2015 and engineered by Ryan Streber, is available on CD and by download from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other vendors.

Virgil Thomson wrote of Nowak’s music:

Reginald Smith Jr. to perform Nightsongs by H. Leslie Adams, with Houston Symphony, Feb. 20


Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Reginald Smith, Jr. The Houston Symphony, conducted by Kirk Smith, presents "Lift Ev'ry Voice" on February 20th at the Morris Arts Center at Houston Baptist University. Reginald Smith Jr. will sing excerpts from Nightsongs, by H. Leslie Adams, in the version of Adams' well-known collection of art songs on poetry of African-American poets, as it was orchestrated for Mezzo-Soprano Hilda Harris. Scheduled excerpts to include Prayer (Langston Hughes),  Night Song (Clarissa Scott Delany), and Creole Girl (Morgan Collins). 

Camerata Romeu, a women's string orchestra in Cuba, to perform world premiere of "Havana" by T.J. Anderson


Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 11:00am

Camerata Romeu, in Havana, Cuba, is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed dynamic Cuban women's string orchestra performing Cuban and Latin American chamber music. Cuban pianist/composer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora will perform with the orchestra.

Vox Amadeus Symphony to perform Scott Joplin's Treemonisha Overture, Orch by TJ Anderson, Jan. 8th


Friday, January 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Ama Deus EnsembleVox Ama Deus with guest pianist Peter Donohoe, will present: More Awesome Americans: Gershwin • Bernstein • Joplin • Williams

at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, in Philadelphia, on Friday, January 8th at 8pm.

Celebrate the New Year with effervescent, tuneful, toe-tapping music by Gershwin, Bernstein, Joplin and Williams. Scott Joplin's Overture to Treemonisha, his 1911 opera, with orchestration by T.J. Anderson, is scheduled to be performed by the Ama Deus Ensemble,



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.”


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