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"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


Works by Lawrence Dillon, Michael Rothkopf and more, performed at UNC School of the Arts, March 15th

Yael Manor, pianist

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7:30 PM, New York pianist Yael Manor presented a concert of new works by Lawrence Dillon, Kenneth Frazelle, Michael Rothkopf, as well as Robert Parris, Reinaldo Moya, Sergei Prokofiev, and more.  Invited by UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, Ms. Manor has been working with the composers, faculty members and their students, on new works for piano.  Her 2015 CD, "Elixir" is available on and many other retailers. 

Palisades Virtuosi to perform works by Brian Schober, Adrienne Albert, Michelle Ekezian, and more, April 1st


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 7:30pm

The Palisades Virtuosi chamber group will present a concert at Church of the Atonement in Tenafly, NJ, on Friday, April 1, 7:30 pm. The program will include works for flute, clarinet and piano by traditional and contemporary composers – including a work by Brian Schober, "Wind Space".

Music by Elizabeth R. Austin - concerts on April 7th, May 1st


Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:00am

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Music by composer Elizabeth R. Austin will be performed in several Connecticut concerts this Spring.

Thursday, April 7, 10 a.m.: The Musical Club of Hartford, on the occasion of its 125th anniversary, will present an all-Austin Portrait Concert, including the commissioned premiere of The Road Not Taken (Frost) for Chorus & Piano, conducted by Mattie Banzhaf. Other performers are Christopher Grundy, Miriam Kennedy, Deborah Robin, Carolyn Woodard and the composer. The concert will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford.

Elliott Schwartz to be honored at Back Cove Festival, April 8th and 9th


Friday, April 8, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:30pm

The 80th birthday of one of Maine’s most distinguished composers, Elliott Schwartz, will be celebrated in grand style when the Portland Conservatory of Music presents the 8th annual Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival on Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9.  Nearly thirty of Schwartz’s composer friends have written new one-minute pieces in his honor, most of which are based on a musical theme derived from the letters of Schwartz’s name.  These pieces, known collectively as the “ESCHART Variations,” will be premiered by a festival ensemble consisting of violinist Dean Stein and oboist Kathleen McNerney, the co-directors of Venti Cordi, as well as flutist Krysia Tripp, cellist Philip Carlsen, and pianist Chiharu Naruse, many of whom are faculty members of the Conservatory.

The Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival concerts will take place at Woodfords Church on Friday, April 8, at 7:30, and Saturday, April 9, at 3:00 and 7:30.  A reception after the Saturday afternoon concert will give audience members an opportunity to mingle with the composers and musicians. 

Admission to each concert is $15, $10 for seniors, and free for children and students with ID. Tickets and location information here. 

Remembering John Eaton (1935-2015) Free Concert Celebration at Symphony Space, March 30th


Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 8:00pm

On what would have been the composer's 81st birthday this year, please join us as we celebrate the music of John Eaton (1935-2015), with Nelda Nelson-Eaton, and performers including soprano Sharon Harms, Christopher Oldfather, piano; Christopher Gross, cello; David Keberle, clarinet; Phoebe Haines, mezzo-soprano; Ana García Caraballos, Wonki Lee, Chong Bao, and Joshua Lang; and special guests  Joshua Breakstone and Ed White. 

NY Premiere of Louis Karchin's Luminous Fields, April 1st


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 8:00pm

The New York Premiere of Louis Karchin's new quartet "Luminous Fields" for flute, cello, percussion, and harp, will take place on April 1 by the Washington Square Ensemble, at Tenri Cultural Institute.  Other works planned include music of Elizabeth Hoffman, Wolfgang Rihm, Kurt Nelson, Benjamin Boretz, and more.  $15/$8 studends and seniors.

Experimental Music of Christopher Shultis, concert and CD release, March 19th


Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

An all-Shultis concert will also take place at John Jay College on Saturday March 19 at 8:00 PM at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery John Jay College 860 Eleventh Ave. New York, NY (in Manhattan) and will include music from his new CD: "An Illusion of Desire: Experimental Music by Christopher Shultis."  The concert will include the world premiere of "4-7-3," (with video by Hee Sook Kim) for two percussion and electronics; featuring Doug Nottingham and Brett Reed; 

Robert Carl, recipient of 2016 Arts and Letters Award in Music

Four composers will each receive a $10,000 Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement by a composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.  Each will receive an additional $10,000 toward the recording of one work.  The winners are Robert Carl, Robert Kyr, Sean Shepherd, and Ricardo Zohn-MuldoonSeventeen total composers will share awards totaling more than $200,000 this year. 

Circling by David Froom - premiere of version for two saxophones, March 10


Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:30pm

The Perrine-Utley Saxophone Duo will give a free concert on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Hulsey Recital Hall, 9501 13th St. South. The program will include the world premieres of “Sonata: Folie à Deux” by UAB Associate Professor of Music William Price, and “Circling” for two saxophones by David Froom; “The Garden of Love” for alto saxophone and fixed media by JacobTV; "Caprice en forme de valse" by Paul Bonneau; and “Rush Hour” for tenor saxophone and fixed media by William Price. Saxophonists John Perrine and Brian Utley are both regular guest artists and clinicians at universities and secondary schools throughout the country.


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