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


Critics Pick: Music of H. Leslie Adams at University of Puget Sound, Oct. 6th


Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
Minnita Cox, photo by Chrissy Maguire

Soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox will present a free lecture-recital about musical settings of the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, known in the 19th century as the “African-American poet laureate.” With pianist Gwynne Brown, the program includes music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and H. Leslie Adams.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1701 S. Union Ave., Tacoma.

I, Too, Sing America - an Artistic Lament for the Fallen - NYC, Oct. 16th


Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

The Abyssinian Baptist Church, founded in 1809, will present a concert of music on Sunday, Oct. 16th at 4pm, featuring music of composers H. Leslie Adams and Margaret Bonds. "I, Too, Sing America" will feature songs on poetry of Toni Morrison and Langston Hughes. Arrangements by John Carter and Hall Johnson and new poetry by Janinah Burnett will round out the program. Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased through the church here. 

Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
(Formerly 138th St.)
New York, NY 10030 terra aliena... by Lewis Nielson - world premiere - Talea Ensemble Oct. 14th


Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

For its opening concert of the 2016-17 season, the Talea Ensemble presents its next installment of 'Written for Talea' concerts. The evening will include the world premieres of terra aliena.. by Lewis Nielson and Taylor Brook's Exploded Views, as well as the US premiere of Natacha Diels's Princess Nightmare Moon, three dramatic works with very different derivations. Nielson's terra aliena... has a topical political message focusing on equality. Through music and text, Nielson uses the story of the trial of American abolitionist John Brown to explore true equality, rights and compassion.

Prayer by H. Leslie Adams to receive performance by Denyce Graves at the Phillips Collection, Sept. 25th


Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano

‘America The Beautiful’: Glimpses of an American Songbook

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will sing a concert of music by American composers on September 25th at the Phillips Collection modern art museum located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Miss Graves was born in Washington, DC, graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1981, and went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory and New England Conservatory before embarking on her professional career at the Wolf Trap Opera Company. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1995 as Carmen – a role she has sung there more than 40 times.

Leslie Adams (b. 1932) is an African-American composer whose works include the opera Blake based on the nineteenth-century novel by Martin Delany

Louis Karchin's Dreamscape - World Premiere in Venice, Nov. 19th


Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Letizia Michielon, founder of Plurimo Ensemble

Dreamscape - a new work by Louis Karchin for oboe and violin will be premiered by the Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy.  The concert, to be held at the beautiful Sale Apollinee, (the Chamber Recital Hall of La Fenice), will center around musical responses to Mallarme's poem, Apparition.  Performing a prior setting of this poem by Debussy on the same concert will be upcoming young soprano, Marisa Karchin.


EntArteOpera in Vienna presents music of Vally Weigl in "Verbotene Klänge" - Liederabend, Sept. 23rd


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA is pleased to announce a concert of chamber music by four exceptional women composers whose music is rarely heard. Hermine Haselböck, Mezzosoprano; Franz Bartolomey, Violoncello; and Clemens Zeilinger, Piano, will present an evening of music by Charlotte Schlesinger, Vítezslava Kaprálová, Henriëtte Bosmans, and one of ACA's founding members, Vally Weigl.  Many thanks to EntArteOpera for their support of this music.

Vally Weigl (1894-1982):
Old-time Burlesque, für Violoncello und Klavier 1938
Toccatina, (Homage to Robert Schumann), für Klavier 1982

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

New Digital Single from Steven Sacco: Sonata for Trombone and Piano with Michael Powell


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

On September 6th, Composer-Pianist Steven Christopher Sacco will release a new recording of his Sonata for Trombone and Piano, featuring the composer as pianist with  trombonist Michael Powell.  The track is now available for pre-release on iTunes,, YouTube, and CD Baby.  Short excerpt:


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