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


David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS to be performed in Miami, Jan. 17


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Piano Recital by Eunmi Ko, including David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS

Eunmi Ko's performance on the Kaleidoscope "Piano Concert Series" will feature solo piano music by Matthew Barber, John Liberatore, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Fabio Massimo Capogrosso, and selections from David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS. Steinway Piano Gallery, 4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida. Tickets ($20, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students) may be purchased in advance at

Matthew Davidson's Magyar Rondo, performed by violist Rudolf Haken, Feb. 4th


Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30pm
Violist-composer Rudolf Haken



Selections from the six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1007-1012, #4, #5, #3, #1, #6, #2) arranged by Rudolf Haken for viola pomposa

Chaconne from Partita #2, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Selections from Suite in a Minor for Solo Viola by Rudolf Haken
“Elegy” by Igor Stravinsky
“Suite pour Jean” by Rudolf Haken
“Magyar Rondo” by Matthew Davidson

Rudolf Haken, violist and composer, performs on his five-string viola pomposa built by Portland, OR, resident David Rivinus.

Birthday of composer Frederick Tillis celebration on NEPR Radio, Jan. 5


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 2:45pm
Fred Tillis drawing by Jack Coughlin

Classical music writer and radio host Walter Carroll announces New England Public Radio ( will be wishing a happy birthday (87th) to Amherst emeritus composer Dr. Frederick C. Tillis on Thursday afternoon, January 5th, with a performance of Tillis' Niger Symphony (at about 2:55pm EST) and Motherless Child - Spiritual Fantasy No. 1 (at about 3:13pm). Click on -  classical and see the online radio listening link at the top of the page.

Doug Harbin's Mark Twain Quotes for soprano duet, Portraits of Women Album

The full cycle of seven movements from "Mark Twain Quotes" by Doug Harbin, is included on a 2-CD set by Soprano Compagni - Portraits of Women.

Portraits of Women is a brand new recording release that represents an expansion of soprano duet repertoire.  Each work, by 12 different composers,  emphasizes the contributions of women in our society who have embraced their true value and calling, and have dared to change their world. This project involves historical characters, including women from the Bible, as well as fictional characters that represent issues common among women throughout the ages.

"But Who Prays" with text by Mark Twain - excerpt:


excerpt "But who Prays" - Doug Harbin (from Mark Twain Quotes)


North/South Chamber Orchestra winter/spring season includes new works by Elizabeth Bell and Andrew Thomas, March 14th


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
North/South Ensemble
The continuation of North/South Consonance 2016-17 season promises an astonishing number of rare and amazing works, by composers including Carson Cooman, Claudio Santoro, Margarita Zelenaia, Hilary Tann, Edmund Cionek, Andrew William Thomas, Elizabeth Bell, and music director/conductor Max Lifchitz, among many, many others. Since 1980, North/South Consonance has garnered widespread praise for its eloquent performances of music by composers of our time.

Ensemble U from Estonia - live in New York City with music of Scott L. Miller, Heather Stebbins, and more


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:00pm

Ensemble U:, the most renowned Estonian contemporary music ensemble, will present some of the very best Estonian chamber music of recent years – some of it written by American composers. The concert features the NYC premiere of Scott L. Miller's "Raba" and Heather Stebbins' "And Drift;" both have stayed in Estonia on Fulbright Scolarship and the influence of Estonian nature and Nordic light is clearly present in their pieces performed in this program.

Firehouse Space
246 Frost Street in Brooklyn

Dellaira's The Death of Webern one of the “5 Best New Works of 2016" - Opera News



The Death of Webern, a new opera by Michael Dellaira, was named "one of the 5 best new works of 2016" by Opera News (January 2017 issue).  The work was recorded at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for Albany Records.  The cast:  Kevin Short; Eric McConnell; Chris O'Connor; Tony Boutté Zaray Rodriguez; Mia Rojas; Ana Collado; Adam Cahill; Mario Almonte; Jeffrey Williams; Maria Fenty Denison; Carl DuPont; Esther Jane Hardenbergh; Frost School of Music Chamber Orchestra; Alan Johnson, conductor.


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