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


The Jazz Loft Project, featuring music of Hall Overton and much more

The story of a little known five-story loft building in New York City’s wholesale flower district that was a popular late-night haunt for some of the biggest names in 1950’s and 60’s jazz is told in "The Jazz Loft Project", a multimedia exhibition from 2010 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The exhibition featured never-before-displayed vintage black and white prints and rarely heard audio recordings by photographer W. Eugene Smith who spent eight years documenting the jazz musicians, artists, and underground characters who inhabited the scene at 821 Sixth Avenue.

Selected songs of Karl Weigl, new album with Sophie Kluβmann, Oliver Triendl, and more

"The songs represented on this Capriccio disc range from Weigl’s earliest years to the late 30s... The music is pleasing, with palpable influence of Schubert and Schumann (and sometimes Mahler)."  -

Works on this recording are avaialble in printed and PDF editions from the American Composers Alliance.

Michael Dellaira's new opera, world premiere recording release, Albany Records, Jan. 1

Albany RecordsThe obsession of musicologist Hans Moldenhauer to uncover the truth in the killing of composer Anton Webern by American soldiers in 1945 drives the story behind The Death of Webern, the second collaboration between composer Michael Dellaira and librettist J.D. McClatchy. Webern's brief, luminous compositions altered the course of 20th century music and Dellaira's score contains some wonderful moments of homage.

Robert Carl's symphonic WHITE HERON to be performed in Bristol, CT, Jan 31st


Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 3:00pm
Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra, Marshall Brown, Music DirectorThe Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra of Bristol, Connecticut, presents:  "Charles Ives Comes to Bristol"
The orchestral portion of the program opens with Dvorak's boisterous Carnival Overture, and White Heron, by contemporary Hartford composer Robert Carl. The composer’s use of  bird calls contrasted with music representing the presence of the ocean in its vast natural grandeur is reminiscent of Ives’ Unanswered Question. Thanksgiving and Forefather’s Day from the Holidays Symphony of Charles Ives, as well as other works for choir and handbell choir will be performed.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
3:00 p.m.
Bristol Eastern High School
632 King Street, Bristol, CT

Lionel Nowak: Music for Solo Piano, double album recording release, Dec. 21st









A double CD of 18 solo works by pianist-composer Lionel Nowak (1911-1995), from the early short descriptive to the later large-scale virtuosic, this collection spans 50 years.

Hear samples/purchase:  here

Marc Peloquin’s new recordings of eight works on Album I are paired with historic recordings on Album II of live performances at Bennington College by Claude Frank, Allen Shawn and Nowak himself, newly re-mastered (some from original reel-to-reel tapes). The new double album, recorded in January 2015 and engineered by Ryan Streber, is available on CD and by download from CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and other vendors.

Virgil Thomson wrote of Nowak’s music:

Reginald Smith Jr. to perform Nightsongs by H. Leslie Adams, with Houston Symphony, Feb. 20


Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

Reginald Smith, Jr. The Houston Symphony, conducted by Kirk Smith, presents "Lift Ev'ry Voice" on February 20th at the Morris Arts Center at Houston Baptist University. Reginald Smith Jr. will sing excerpts from Nightsongs, by H. Leslie Adams, in the version of Adams' well-known collection of art songs on poetry of African-American poets, as it was orchestrated for Mezzo-Soprano Hilda Harris. Scheduled excerpts to include Prayer (Langston Hughes),  Night Song (Clarissa Scott Delany), and Creole Girl (Morgan Collins). 

Camerata Romeu, a women's string orchestra in Cuba, to perform world premiere of "Havana" by T.J. Anderson


Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 11:00am

Camerata Romeu, in Havana, Cuba, is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed dynamic Cuban women's string orchestra performing Cuban and Latin American chamber music. Cuban pianist/composer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora will perform with the orchestra.


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