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


World premire of Jane Eyre, An Opera in 3 Acts, by Louis Karchin, Oct. 20 and 22


Saturday, October 22, 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

Music by Dorothy Rudd Moore, T.J. Anderson, at Atlanta Music Festival, Nov. 14-16


Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

The 2016 Atlanta Music Festival will be November 14-18, 2016. Comprising several events devoted to advancing relations among the races through the arts, the Festival will culminate in a gala concert featuring opera star Jessye Norman at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus, Friday, November 18, 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and $18.

Music of Christopher Shultis - UMBC, Oct. 28th


Friday, October 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

On Oct. 28th, Christopher Shultis concert and lecture, with pianist Curtis Cacioppo - the premiere performance of the Complete Piano Etudes (World's End and Devisadero) by Christopher Shultis. 

Livewire 7: The New York School and Beyond
Featuring Special Guest Artist Malcolm Goldstein
Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
and other venues
Baltimore, MD

ACA Remembers Robert Ceely (1930-2015) with Seven Etudes, plus music of Beth Wiemann, Eleanor Cory, John Becker and Lionel Nowak, Symphony Space, Nov. 4th


Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA cordially invites you to join us for a special event at Thalia Hall on Nov. 4th.

Pianist Wen Shen will present the New York Premiere of Seven Etudes for Piano a work written for her by Robert Ceely.  Also on the program will be rare performances of music by ACA luminaries of the past John Becker and Dane Rudhyar by Keith Kirchoff.  Additional pieces selected by the pianists will include works by Eleanor Cory,  Beth Wiemann, Scott Miller and Lionel Nowak.

ACA welcomes guest artists Wen Shen from St. Louis and Keith Kirchoff from Boston, as we celebrate the music of Robert Ceely and friends.

Harvey Sollberger's "A même rive-signes" for 24 flutes, world premiere Oct. 22nd


Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

Orchestre de Flutes Francaises will present the world premiere of a new work for 24 flutes by Harvey Sollberger on October 22, 2016 in Paris, as part of the International Flute Convention.

James Newton « JUBAL » pour flûte solo et orchestre de flûtes **

Harvey Sollberger  A même rive-signes désaccordés, chemins épars
d'après Yves Bonnefoy **

Versus - Irena Portenko and Friends


Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00pm

Pianist Irena Portenko presents a concert at the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY -celebrating her "Versus" CD release of Tchaikovsky (#1) and Prokofiev (#2) concerti. She has gathered together a stellar roster of her performer and composer friends for this November 12 event, including pianists Sergei Kvitko and Svetlana Gorokhovich, soprano Elisabeth Halliday, saxophonist Jordan Smith, and cellist Nargiza Yusupova. The program includes Richard Cameron-Wolfe's 2010 cello-piano work Roerich Rhapsody, along with works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Ellwood Derr, Joelle Wallach, Lu Pei, and Logan Skelton. Tickets are available at

Werke von Weigl, Schönberg und Brahms, Köln, Dec. 4th


Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am

Flora Konzert 01 - part of the Gürzenich Orchester Köln's Chamber Concert series for this season -  will present Ein Stelldichein, (A Rendezvous) a work by Karl Weigl for voice with strings, with poetry by Richard Dehmel.  Also on the program will be Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (poetry also by Richard Dehmel) and Streichsextett No. 2 in G major by Brahms.

Robert Scott Thompson news - resident artist at ACA, plus three performances in Italy


Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 8:00pm

During October and November this year, Robert Scott Thompson (RST) will be an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. While there he will be working with composer and ACA Master Artist Natasha Barrett (UK/Norway) and will be concentrating his creative effort upon composing a new work of multi-channel electroacoustic music. Other projects while in residence include composing for a new solo recording for Ultima Thule Ambient Media of Sydney Australia, slated for release in 2017, and a new work for solo guitar.

In addition, there are three performances in Italy -  first is a performance of the recent work Mettā (2014) composed for Bent Frequency Duo Project,

Elliott Schwartz world premiere of String Quartet No. 3 by Kreutzer Quartet, Nov. 3rd.


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:00pm

Concert: ‘Weaving Threads: Virginia Woolf & String Quartets’
Kreutzer Quartet at the University of Cambridge, England (Robinson College Chapel in Cambridge) on November 3rd, will present the premiere String Quartet No. 3: Portrait (For Deedee) by Elliott Schwartz.

Transient Canvas to play new work by Matthew Welch and more at Kent State U, Nov. 6th


Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Transient Canvas (Amy Advocat, bass clarinet & Matt Sharrock, marimba)

Transient Canvas - season continues

Vanguard New Music Series
Kent State University
November 6, 2016

Repertoire includes music by Victoria Cheah, David CollMichelle McQuade Dewhirst, David IbbettPeter Van Zandt Lane, Crystal Pascucci, Rudolf Rojahn, Matthew Welch


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