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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


Five Millay Songs of H. Leslie Adams part of concert gala event Sept. 17th


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University

Bascom Little Fund, a philanthropic organization celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, presents a Gala Concert celebrating great Cleveland area composers of the past, present and future, on Sept. 17th at 7:30pm, at CSU, Drinko HallFive Millay Songs by H. Leslie Adams will be performed. This event is co-sponsored by WCLV, Cleveland Public Library, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. There will be a champagne reception following the concert.

Raoul Pleskow to be honored at West Chester University, Oct. 26th


Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 8:15pm
Raoul Pleskow

West Chester University of Pennsylvania will honor composer Raoul Pleskow in celebration of his 85th birthday this year, with a concert of his music in Ware Recital Hall. Artists scheduled to perform include Rebecca Ansel, Karen Dannessa, Carl Cranmer, Ovidiu Marinescu, Joseph Caminiti, Marshall Taylor, and Ephraim Schafli. Works scheduled to be on the program include Due Frammenti for voice and piano, work for saxophone and piano - Für Marshall und Ephraim, a the newest piece for solo piano, Contrasts and Returns.

World premire of Jane Eyre, An Opera in 3 Acts, by Louis Karchin, Oct. 20th


Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 8:00pm



On October 20 and 22, the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will be staged by the Center for Contemporary Opera at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Jane Eyre, an opera in three acts, was presented in 2013 by the CCO in a workshop production at the Cell Theatre, and is Karchin’s second opera. Conducting will be the Grammy-nominated and CCO's Chief Conductor Sara Jobin

David Froom's Down to a Sunless Sea, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Oct. 17th


Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:30pm

The New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with Donald Palma, conductor, will perform Down to a Sunless Sea by David Froom, for string orchestra, on October 17th.  Other works on the program include Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, and Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a. 

Jordan Hall
New England Conservatory



Elliott Schwartz to be honored at Symphony Space, Sept. 21st


Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Schwartz

Join us as we celebrate the music of composer Elliott Schwartz, in honor of his 80th birthday year. Guest artists scheduled to perform include pianists John McDonald, George Lopez, and Blair McMillen; bassist Doug Balliett, flutist Emi Ferguson; ensemble counter)induction; Marina Kifferstein, violinist; percussionist Christopher Graham; and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved. 

Symphony Space Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th St.
New York, NY

Wed. Sept. 21, 2016

Elliott Schwartz's Vienna Dreams trio to be performed at Gamper Festival, July 28th


Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:30pm

The Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music has presented the works of contemporary composers, including the Festival’s composers-in-residence, guest composers, and top participants, since 1965. All performances, 7:30 PM at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. All seats general admission. Suggested donation $10.

On July 28th, music of Maine composer Elliott Schwartz - Vienna Dreams for clarinet, viola, and piano - is scheduled for performance.

Call for Electronic Works - New Horizons Music Festival, Oct. 3-8

The Truman State University Department of Music in Kirksville, MO, invites creators of electronic music to submit works for inclusion in the 2016 New Horizons Music Festival. This year’s festival will include a venue for fixed media 2-channel audio works.

The New Horizons Music Festival will be held on the Truman campus on Friday evening October 7th and Saturday, October 8th.

The selected works will play in the Truman State University Art Gallery the week of October 3-8 and will be listed in the Festival program along with program notes.

During the Festival the Gallery will be exhibiting works by Aaron Fine, which will be a visual context for the music.

Robert Evett sacred music on tour with Musikanten, Berlin and Gdansk, Sept.


Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Innova 555

Musikanten, and Kerry Krebill, conductor,  released a CD of sacred music by Robert Evett on the Innova label 15 years ago.  This group is preparing to reprise it on an upcoming tour to Berlin and Gdansk in September. In case you missed it, the recording is still in print at many fine outlets.

Robert Evett (1922-1975) was a highly esteemed American composer whose works were performed regularly during the 26 years that he lived and worked in Washington DC. He was prolific, numbering among his works three symphonies, six piano sonatas, seven concertos, chamber music for various combinations and many choral works ... He was known nationally and his works were commissioned with frequency by major local arts organizations. He was one of only two Washington composers chosen to create works for the United States Bicentennial Celebration.

Musikanten was founded in June of 1979 as a lab chorus for the Masters degree work of director Kerry Krebill. It is the oldest choral chamber ensemble in the nation's capital, with nearly a thousand appearances, including concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian galleries, the Kennedy Center, and performances on concert series at embassies, churches, universities, museums and historic homes throughout the Washington DC area. The group has also travelled to Richmond, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis and many Eastern Shore venues;


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