The American Composers Alliance celebrates 75 years!


Jun 23 2012 - 8:00pm


Saturday, June 23, 2012  8:00 pm
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th St. New York City (1,2,3 Subway to 96th St.)

"To encourage the inclusion of American works in the programs of performers and performing organizations.”
#4 Aims of the Alliance, from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


George EdwardsParallel Convergences (1988)
Miriam Gideon, 
Bömischer Krystall (1990)
Dorothy Rudd Moore, 
Transcension (1986)
Elliott Schwartz,
Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson (2007) New York Premiere
Ben Weber,
Concerto, Op. 32 (1950)

Featuring the Orchestra of the League of Composers, with soloists Jo Ellen Miller,
Fred Sherry, Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, and Orion Weiss
with Oliver Hagen, conductor

Tickets $25/$20/$15
Box office: 212.864.5400 

To purchase tickets online: click here


The historic Laurel Leaf Award, given by ACA over the years to such artists/entities as Martha Graham, George Szell, WBAI Radio, and the American Composers Orchestra, will be given this year to Innova Recordings, for its excellent support of the full range of contemporary American music.

As we honor ACA of the past, we also look forward to ACA’s future as an active publisher, promoter, and archivist for American composers. Join us for an unforgettable evening of music, and to honor the many composers who built one of the most important collections of American music in the world. Video excerpts of images and memorabilia from ACA’s archives will be shown throughout the evening.


In 1937, Aaron Copland and a group of composers including Otto Luening, Marion Bauer, Henry Brant, Virgil Thomson, Elie Siegmeister, and George Antheil established the American Composers Alliance as a unified front to raise the professional status for American composers of the time. It grew to become a licensing and publishing entity, handling music and collecting licensing fees for a large contingent of active concert music composers in the United States, over several decades. As an alternative for composers whose music did not fit the commercial market, ACA also played a role in the formation of BMI by the Broadcasters in the early 1940s, and established a bond with BMI that continues to the present day.

Members of ACA, and all BMI members, contact ACA for ticket discount code.

For more information contact Gina Genova
[email protected]
- (212) 925-0458
More info and photos for this event on our website