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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


Phillip Rhodes - Two Appalachian Settings for String Quartet, Walden Chamber Players, May 15th


Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

"Whiskey Before Breakfast: a musical journey from Appalachia to New Orleans"

May 15, 2016 @ 6pm
Wilson Chapel, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA

Charles Ives: Quartet No. 1
Mark O’Connor: Selections for Strings
Steven Snowden: Appalachian Polaroids
Phillip Rhodes: Two Appalachian Settings
Wynton Marsalis: Selections from “At the Octoroon Balls”

In Kharms Way


Friday, April 29, 2016 - 7:30pm

Daniil Kharms

In Kharms Way explores the outrageous, absurdly comical, occasionally obscene, and ultimately sublime world of Russia’s iconic master of the absurd, Daniil Kharms (1905-42).

Featuring The Madison String Quartet and actors Neil Redfield and Cristina Ramos. With original music by Ray Luedeke on texts by Russian writer Daniil Kharms, as directed by Courtney Laine Self, In Kharms Way will be performed at 7:30pm April 29 at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York.

A Russian vodka (or Eastern European wine) reception will begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 29, with the live musical / theatrical performance beginning at 8pm, all taking place at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York (43A West 13th Street).

Brianna Matzke Premieres Piano Music By Chris Auerbach-Brown, June 12th


Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 7:00pm

Pianist Brianna Matzke will premiere The Slow Waltzes by composer Christopher Auerbach-Brown. Paradoxes are the soul of this 45-minute work for solo piano - dancing in ultraslow motion, the eye of a storm, a beautiful struggle.

Christopher Auerbach-Brown maintains an active compositional career, having been commissioned by such notable institutions as the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association, Parade the Circle, the Music Settlement, and the No Exit ensemble.

Bop Stop - Cleveland, OH

Scott Miller's Fulbright project: Diary of a Left-Handed Sleepwalker, available worldwide on Panoramic


Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 8:00pm
Three Free Radicals (Scott L. Miller, Kyma and Mart Soo, Guitar and Electronics) CD of free improv, "Diary of a Left-Handed Sleepwalker," was released on Panoramic April 8, 2016.
Recorded in collaboration with Estonian guitarist/improviser/electronicist Mart Soo (under the ensemble name Three Free Radicals), this is one of the capstone events from the Fulbright award for Scott Miller in Tallinn, recorded at Peeter Salmela Studio. Beautiful artwork by Raul Keller and perfect mastering by Margo Kõlar.


On Sunday, April 24, Ars Electroacoustica (Miller with Kyma and Ted Moore, laptop) returns to Reverie  with clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee and percussionist Nick Zielinski.


Open/Empty by Robert Carl to be performed by Foot in the Door, Hartt School, April 27th


Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 7:30pm

Ensemble - Foot in the Door (Univ of Hartford)

Open/Empty (2014) a work by ROBERT CARL for mixed ensemble of six players will be performed at Hartt School, University of Hartford on April 27th at 7:30 PM, Lincoln Theater.

Composer's note: Open/Empty, for flute/pic, clarinet,  percussion (1), keyboards, violin and cello is inspired by the process of breathing in meditation. But while it has its moments of peace, it also reflects the restlessness of the mind, search for resolution to its anxieties and conflicts. Hopefully by its conclusion some sense of calm emerges, but it is a never-ending struggle. 

Foot in the Door is a mixed ensemble of musicians whose repertoire includes music of established as well as emerging 20th- and 21st-century composers.

World Premiere of Orchestral Work by Mark Zuckerman, May 1st


Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 3:00pm

Mark ZuckermanMark Zuckerman

The Holyoke Civic Symphony, conducted by David Kidwell, will premiere Mark Zuckerman's Civic Celebration at Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, 3:00 PM May 1, 2016. The piece was written to commemorate the symphony's 50th anniversary.

Mark Zuckerman has written extensively for virtuoso soloists, chamber ensembles, a cappella choir (including an internationally-recognized collection of Yiddish choral arrangements), wind ensemble, and string orchestra. He attended Juilliard and continued at the University of Michigan, Bard College, and Princeton University studying under David Epstein, George B. Wilson, Elie Yarden, Milton Babbitt and J. K. Randall.


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