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

 

Composer and pianist H. Leslie Adams wins the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize Life Achievement Award

 

Composer and pianist H. Leslie Adams wins the 2015 Cleveland Arts Prize $10,000 Life Achievement Award for his career as a pianist and composer.

 

His music is published by American Composers Alliance, and includes Nightsongs, a song cycle on poetry of African-American writers, and his Twenty-Six Etudes for Solo Piano, recorded most recently by pianists Thomas Otten and Maria Corley. A newly engraved edition of Nightsongs and ten Etudes from his collection is now available through ACA.  

 

The ticketed awards ceremony will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art on Thursday, June 25, from 6:30 - 8 pm, with an after-party reception scheduled for 8 pm that evening.

Lawrence Dillon’s "Amadeus ex Machina" Performed by CMC Camerata of New York on June 13 at Riverside Church Theatre, NYC

Date: 

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 7:00pm

Date and Time: June 13, 2015 @ 7 pm

Location:  Riverside Church Theatre, 490 Riverside Dr., NYC

Tickets: $15 General Admission/$10 for Students and Seniors

For more information, call 212-870-6784 or visit http://www.chambermusiccenter.com/.


 

Lawrence Dillon’s Amadeus ex Machina will be performed on Saturday, June 13 at 7:00 PM by the Chamber Music Center of New York Camerata, Sybille Johner, Conductor, at Riverside Church Theatre, 490 Riverside Drive in New York, New York. This will be part of CMC Camerata’s Chamber Orchestras concert.

Richard Cameron-Wolfe's music performed on China tour in June

 

Richard Cameron-Wolfe’s composition A Song Built from Fire for soprano and piano was performed on June 4, in Beijing, China. During their multi-city China concert tour, Los Angeles-based artists and Claremont College faculty members Gayle Blankenburg (pianist) and Anne Harley (soprano) presented it at Beijing Capital Normal University on June 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm. The text for Cameron-Wolfe’s work is by Catalan poet Jacint Verdaguer.

 

Cameron-Wolfe’s music was included on a concert program of works by American and Asian composers.

New recording of music by Normand Lockwood, CD release and concert, June 6th

Date: 

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
 

Normand Lockwood Credit: American Composers Alliance Archives at Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland

Chamber music by Normand Lockwood will be performed in concert on June 6th, including art songs, solo piano music, and a Sonata for Flute and Piano. Also, American Composer Steve Lockwood’s “Los Angeles Suite for Flute Octet” will be performed with music for voice and electronics.


Saturday, June 6th @ 2:00 at Mt. Olive Lutheran in Santa Monica, California.
Performers:
Ursula Kleinecke-Boyer with Steve Lockwood performing songs by Normand Lockwood

Laura Osborn with Steve Lockwood playing Sonata for Flute and Piano in Two Movements with Coda by Normand Lockwood

Chamber music by Steve Lockwood including Los Angeles Flute Orchestra playing L.A Suite for Flute Octet

Reinaldo Moya receives 2015 McKnight Fellowship, American Composers Forum

Reinaldo Moya

The American Composers Forum is pleased to administer the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Composers. The intent of this program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Minnesota by acknowledging the accomplishments of composers and providing for their artistic growth.

The 2015 McKnight Composer Fellows are: Reinaldo Moya, Abbie Betinis, Peter O'Gorman, and David King.

Founded on the belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive, The McKnight Foundation’s arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country. Support for individual working Minnesota artists has been a cornerstone of the program since it began in 1981. The McKnight Artist Fellowships Program provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in 10 different creative disciplines.

Other ACA composer recipients of this award in the past include Scott L. Miller, Jan Gilbert, and Phillip Rhodes.

YAEL MANOR DEBUT RECORDING - "ELIXIR" solo works for piano, Concert & CD Release Event, June 9

Date: 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 7:30pm

Concert and CD Release party:  Tues. June 9, 2015
7:30 PM

The Concert Space at Beethoven Pianos
211 West 58th Street
New York City

Seven premiere recordings of solo piano music from the catalog of the American Composers Alliance will be released on June 9th. The pianist, Yael Manor, is a young performer and champion of new music, regularly collaborating with composers both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Yael has been praised for her artistic sensitivity and breathtaking and powerful performances.  Her debut release, Elixir, is the first album to be produced by the American Composers Alliance (ACA) - USA Label. The album brings a myriad of colors and emotions to a collection of solo works from the 20th and 21st centuries.  Works on the recording span from 1953 through 2014.
(Photography: Adi Ashkenazi Images Venue Courtesy of Cantabile Piano Arts)

 

Download the full album on CD Baby here.

Multiplicity for 6 violins to be performed at 2015 Hot Springs Music Festival, June 5

Date: 

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:30pm

Lawrence Dillon's Multiplicity for Six Violins is scheduled to be performed by Leonel Garza and five additional violinists, including Saikat Karmakar, Brian Roach, Bobby Gonzales, Eunji Park, and Christine Kim. The Hot Springs Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and takes place from May 31 t hrough June 13th at various venues in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

The Hot Springs Music Festival’s mission is twofold: (1) to provide performance experience and mentorship opportunities to especially talented international pre-professional musicians, and (2) to provide high-quality music performances and performing arts-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community. - See more at: http://hotmusic.org/magnolia-ball/about/mission/#sthash.nJz00N8H.dpuf
The Hot Springs Music Festival’s mission is twofold: (1) to provide performance experience and mentorship opportunities to especially talented international pre-professional musicians, and (2) to provide high-quality music performances and performing arts-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community. - See more at: http://hotmusic.org/magnolia-ball/about/mission/#sthash.nJz00N8H.dpuf
The Hot Springs Music Festival’s mission is twofold: (1) to provide performance experience and mentorship opportunities to especially talented international pre-professional musicians, and (2) to provide high-quality music performances and performing arts-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community.

Hear Something New: TAK performs music from the American Composers Alliance, May 29th

Date: 

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 8:00pm

“The five young musicians of TAK are individual virtuosos who bring incredible energy and expertise to every work they program. You are sure to be drawn into the unexpected and sublime while listening to the new and newest works for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin and percussion. Their concerts are not to be missed!” 
- Lucy Shelton

TAK is Laura Cocks, Liam Kinson, Marina Kifferstein, Ellery Trafford, and Charlotte Mundy.  TAK is a New York based chamber ensemble who seeks to deliver energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary classical music through their, “restless strands of ever-shifting color and vigor,”(Feast of Music). They frequently collaborate with video and installation artists and experimental theater to create immersive concert experiences.

TAK plays ACA

Friday, May 29, 2015   8pm
Cary Hall - DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Zeitgeist and Scott Miller celebrate the release of Miller’s new CD “Tipping Point” in the Twin Cities, 6/12 - 14, 2015

Date: 

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 7:30pm

 

 

Dates and Times: Fri. and Sat. June 12-13 @ 7:30 pm; Sun. June 14 @ 2 pm

Location:Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul

Tickets: $10 Fri. and Sun.; $20 Sat.* (reception + encore performance)
 

Miller - Pure Pleasure - excerpt.mp3

excerpt - "Pure Pleasure" Patti Cudd, vibraphone, percussion

 

*Saturday’s performance includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, and a post-concert reception with Scott Miller, plus an encore performance at 9 p.m. featuring Fifth Column. Enjoy one or both performances for $20.

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