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


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:

Scott Miller - new works for flutes and electronics, with rarescale, UK premiere Sept. 6th


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

Scott L. Miller’s Anterior/Interior and The Frost Performs its Secret Ministry will be performed by rarescale at The Forge, Camden, UK on Sept 6. On September 7, Scott Miller and flutist/improviser Carla Rees will premier Miller’s ISLANDs at the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS) at DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK.

UMaine -D'Anna Fortunato and Friends present world premiere of Dividend by Beth Wiemann + works by Elliott Schwartz, Sept. 23-24


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

Mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert at the UMaine School of Performing Arts, with esteemed colleagues Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; Thomas Hill, clarinet; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp. The program, Mostly Maine Composers, will be a tribute to Elliott Schwartz in his 80th year, and will honor other Maine composers Beth Wiemann, Richard Nelson, Elizabeth Vercoe and Michael Viens.

Elliott Schwartz 80th Birthday celebration 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

To be listed as a supporter of this event, plus a studio recording of the concert works to be released by the end of this year, please consider a donation to the ESMF - Elliott Schwartz Music Fund, here:




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 Hall.  "For You There Is No Song" and "The Return from Town" from Five 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.

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'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.


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