ACA News and Events

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-- "Aims of the Alliance," from ACA Bulletin, Vol 1, No. 1, April 1938


Infinity Avenue - music of Robert Carl at Real Art Ways in Hartford, Feb. 5


Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 3:00pm
composers Robert Carl, Ken Steen

An afternoon of new music composed by The Hartt School composition faculty members Robert Carl and Ken Steen.

Robert Carl – Infinity Avenue
Ken Steen – Assumption

Robert Carl

“Robert Carl’s music, to my ear at least, has always felt like the work of a particularly sensitive sonic observer of the world. Originally a student of history before he refocused his efforts into music, his interest in time, memory, and space are veins running through his compositions, his work more given to conjuring imagery than narrative plot. And whether inspiration is mined in the wake of a seascape or travelers on a speeding bullet train, the resulting music tends to carry a distinct organic beauty and rich, encompassing depth.” ~ Julia Lu, NewMusicBox

Faculty Artist Series at Eastman - Music of Louis Karchin, David Liptak, Leo Kraft, Victoria Bond, and more, Jan. 29


Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Renee Jolles

Faculty artist series at Eastman School of Music:  Renee Jolles and harpist Susan Jolles will premiere Louis Karchin - Barcarole Variations at the Eastman School of Music on  Sunday, Jan. 29. The concert also includes new works by David Liptak, Victoria Bond, Roberto Sierra, and Leo Kraft.  Susan Jolles and pianist Peggy Kampmeier will alternate as Renee's duo partners for the recital.

Tango Dreams / Serenity - music by composers Ray Luedeke and Giya Kancheli, March 10


Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
Julian Milkis, clarinet

Voice Afire Opera-Cabaret presents Tango Dreams / Serenity
at Symphony Space Friday March 10 at 7:30pm

Featuring World Champion accordionist Alex Sevastian and world-renowned clarinetist Julian Milkis, as well as the Voice Afire Strings, this multi-media concert moves from turbulence to “Serenity” in music by composers Ray Luedeke and Giya Kancheli. Ray Luedeke's Tango Dreams for accordion, clarinet, and string trio will include sultry tango visuals. Miniatures for Clarinet and Bayan are derived from famed, Georgian composer Giya Kancheli's music for theatre and cinema.


David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS to be performed in Miami, Jan. 17


Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Piano Recital by Eunmi Ko, including David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS

Eunmi Ko's performance on the Kaleidoscope "Piano Concert Series" will feature solo piano music by Matthew Barber, John Liberatore, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee, Fabio Massimo Capogrosso, and selections from David Liptak's CONSTELLATIONS. Steinway Piano Gallery, 4104 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, Florida. Tickets ($20, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students) may be purchased in advance at

Matthew Davidson's Magyar Rondo, performed by violist Rudolf Haken, Feb. 4th


Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30pm
Violist-composer Rudolf Haken



Selections from the six cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 1007-1012, #4, #5, #3, #1, #6, #2) arranged by Rudolf Haken for viola pomposa

Chaconne from Partita #2, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Selections from Suite in a Minor for Solo Viola by Rudolf Haken
“Elegy” by Igor Stravinsky
“Suite pour Jean” by Rudolf Haken
“Magyar Rondo” by Matthew Davidson

Rudolf Haken, violist and composer, performs on his five-string viola pomposa built by Portland, OR, resident David Rivinus.

Birthday of composer Frederick Tillis celebration on NEPR Radio, Jan. 5


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 2:45pm
Fred Tillis drawing by Jack Coughlin

Classical music writer and radio host Walter Carroll announces New England Public Radio ( will be wishing a happy birthday (87th) to Amherst emeritus composer Dr. Frederick C. Tillis on Thursday afternoon, January 5th, with a performance of Tillis' Niger Symphony (at about 2:55pm EST) and Motherless Child - Spiritual Fantasy No. 1 (at about 3:13pm). Click on -  classical and see the online radio listening link at the top of the page.

Doug Harbin's Mark Twain Quotes for soprano duet, Portraits of Women Album

The full cycle of seven movements from "Mark Twain Quotes" by Doug Harbin, is included on a 2-CD set by Soprano Compagni - Portraits of Women.

Portraits of Women is a brand new recording release that represents an expansion of soprano duet repertoire.  Each work, by 12 different composers,  emphasizes the contributions of women in our society who have embraced their true value and calling, and have dared to change their world. This project involves historical characters, including women from the Bible, as well as fictional characters that represent issues common among women throughout the ages.

"But Who Prays" with text by Mark Twain - excerpt:


excerpt "But who Prays" - Doug Harbin (from Mark Twain Quotes)


North/South Chamber Orchestra winter/spring season includes new works by Elizabeth Bell and Andrew Thomas, March 14th


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
North/South Ensemble
The continuation of North/South Consonance 2016-17 season promises an astonishing number of rare and amazing works, by composers including Carson Cooman, Claudio Santoro, Margarita Zelenaia, Hilary Tann, Edmund Cionek, Andrew William Thomas, Elizabeth Bell, and music director/conductor Max Lifchitz, among many, many others. Since 1980, North/South Consonance has garnered widespread praise for its eloquent performances of music by composers of our time.


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