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


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.

Robert Evett sacred music on tour with Musikanten, Berlin and Gdansk, Sept.


Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 8:00pm
Innova 555

Musikanten, and Kerry Krebill, conductor,  released a CD of sacred music by Robert Evett on the Innova label 15 years ago.  This group is preparing to reprise it on an upcoming tour to Berlin and Gdansk in September. In case you missed it, the recording is still in print at many fine outlets.

Robert Evett (1922-1975) was a highly esteemed American composer whose works were performed regularly during the 26 years that he lived and worked in Washington DC. He was prolific, numbering among his works three symphonies, six piano sonatas, seven concertos, chamber music for various combinations and many choral works ... He was known nationally and his works were commissioned with frequency by major local arts organizations. He was one of only two Washington composers chosen to create works for the United States Bicentennial Celebration.

Musikanten was founded in June of 1979 as a lab chorus for the Masters degree work of director Kerry Krebill. It is the oldest choral chamber ensemble in the nation's capital, with nearly a thousand appearances, including concerts at the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian galleries, the Kennedy Center, and performances on concert series at embassies, churches, universities, museums and historic homes throughout the Washington DC area. The group has also travelled to Richmond, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Annapolis and many Eastern Shore venues;

Sound and Fury Concerts presents Nadia Shpachenko, music of Tom Flaherty and more, July 23rd


Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

Sound And Fury Concerts presents Multiple Grammy nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko will play Close-Ups (Through Tiny Eyes) by Stephen Cohn, as well as a World Premiere by Tom Flaherty and works by Daniel Felsenfeld, Vera Ivanova, Missy Mazzoli, Nick Norton, Peter Yates and Adam Borecki. --at Art Share on July 23rd. at 3:30 PM

When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 3:30 PM
Art Share
801 E. 4th Place
Los Angeles, CA

IN/TER\SECT at Bryant Park features Ethan Iverson, anagrams, July 15


Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:00pm
Ethan Iverson plays Jazz + Classical, Bryant Park 2016

IN/TER\SECT gives New Yorkers the rare opportunity to experience some of the best players in jazz and classical music, all under one bill. This Friday, Ethan Iverson (set begins at 9pm) will perform Hall Overton's Piano Sonata No. 1 among many other works.

Matthew Welch's Blarvuster with Jeremiah Cymerman & Brian Chase, July 14th


Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:00pm

Blarvuster Family Party! w/ Matthew Welch's Blarvuster, Jeremiah Cymerman & Brian Chase duo in New York.  Thursday, July 14th at 8pm. Trans-Pecos - 915 Wyckoff Ave
Queens, NY.  $10.

Blarvuster is recording an album in the week leading up, and will play all the music they have been working on.

Composer, performer, and virtuoso of the Highland Bagpipe, Matt Welch is turning 40 this year!

8pm Jeremiah Cymerman and Brian Chase duo
Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet, electronics), Brian Chase (drums)
9pm Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster plays “The Finger Lock”
10pm Blarvuster plays old hits!!

Music of Daria Semegen and Miriam Gideon to be presented during the 2016 Bar Harbor Music Festival (July 13th and 23rd)


Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 8:00pm


The 50th Season of the Bar Harbor Music Festival will take place from July 3-31 in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m.
"Summer Sounds"

Music by Luciano Berio, Augusta Read Thomas, Muhly, Max Lifchitz, Daria Semegen, and Edmund Cionek (world premiere).
Music for Solo Violin by Daria Semegen will be performed by Claudia Schaer.
Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mount Desert Street
The audience is cordially invited to a reception following the concert at the Argosy Gallery II, 6 Mount Desert Street, to meet the Artists and Composers.


Works for Contrabass by Allan Blank - new release by Andrew Kohn

Andrew Kohn has released a new digital album: Works for Contrabass by  Allan Blank.  

Works include Variations on “The Turkish Lady,” performed by Kohn and pianist Rob Frankenberry. For this work, composer Allan Blank, then living in Virginia, chose a musical theme that is also from Virginia: “The Turkish Lady” is one of the names given in Virginia to an old English ballad which, in the seminal work of ballad scholar Francis James Child, is identified as “Young Beichan".  The digital recording includes thoughtful program notes on the pieces.

Introduction, Seven Vignettes, and Conclusion for alto saxophone and contrabass, performed here by Kohn and Michael Ibrahim, proposes highly contrasted moods within a consistent constructivist technique. The radically different techniques and characters of the two instruments are taken as a challenge to be overcome by both the composer and then the performers.

Andrew Kohn teaches contrabass and music theory at West Virginia University. He holds an Artist Diploma from the Peabody Conserva¬tory, where he studied contrabass with Eugene Levinson, and a Ph.D in music theory and composition from the University of Pittsburgh, where he studied with Eric Moe and Pablo Ortiz.


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