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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


Ensemble U from Estonia - live in New York City with music of Scott L. Miller, Heather Stebbins, and more


Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:00pm

Ensemble U:, the most renowned Estonian contemporary music ensemble, will present some of the very best Estonian chamber music of recent years – some of it written by American composers. The concert features the NYC premiere of Scott L. Miller's "Raba" and Heather Stebbins' "And Drift;" both have stayed in Estonia on Fulbright Scolarship and the influence of Estonian nature and Nordic light is clearly present in their pieces performed in this program.

Firehouse Space
246 Frost Street in Brooklyn

Dellaira's The Death of Webern one of the “5 Best New Works of 2016" - Opera News



The Death of Webern, a new opera by Michael Dellaira, was named "one of the 5 best new works of 2016" by Opera News (January 2017 issue).  The work was recorded at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami for Albany Records.  The cast:  Kevin Short; Eric McConnell; Chris O'Connor; Tony Boutté Zaray Rodriguez; Mia Rojas; Ana Collado; Adam Cahill; Mario Almonte; Jeffrey Williams; Maria Fenty Denison; Carl DuPont; Esther Jane Hardenbergh; Frost School of Music Chamber Orchestra; Alan Johnson, conductor.

Serenity in Canada and in Russia

World champion accordionist Alex Sevastian and clarinetist Julian Milkis performed Ray Luedeke's Serenity on November 25 on the Les Amis concert series in Cobourg, Ontario. In January they will perform the piece again, in St. Peterburg, Russia. Then, on March 10, they will be in New York City to perform Serenity at Symphony Space. Included in the New York program will be Tango Dreams for string trio and accordion, also by Ray Luedeke, as well as music by famed Georgian composer Giya Kanceli (Miniatures for clarinet and bayan). 

Scott Joplin upcoming Centenary year brings performances of his opera, Treemonisha


Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8:00pm

Opera Nova presents in full: Treemonisha

Three-act opera by composer/pianist Scott Joplin, with orchestrations by T. J. Anderson. School performances:Tuesday February 28 - Friday March 3, 2017 Thomas Jefferson School, Arlington VA; Public performance: Saturday March 4, 2017

Jose Sacin, conductor

Louis Karchin - premiere performances Jan. 29, March 15


Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm
Daedalus Quartet

News for Louis Karchin:

On January 29, the distinguished mother-daughter duo of Susan and Renee Jolles (harp and violin) will premiere Barcarole Variations, a work they commissioned from the composer last year.  This will be part of a concert at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and will also include music by David Liptak. It begins with a pre-concert talk at 2pm followed by the concert at 3pm.

Louis Karchin's Dreamscape - World Premiere in Venice, Nov. 19th


Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Letizia Michielon, founder of Plurimo Ensemble

Dreamscape - a new work by Louis Karchin for oboe and violin will be premiered by the Plurimo Ensemble of Venice, Italy.  The concert, to be held at the beautiful Sale Apollinee, (the Chamber Recital Hall of La Fenice), will center around musical responses to Mallarme's poem, Apparition.  Performing a prior setting of this poem by Debussy on the same concert will be upcoming young soprano, Marisa Karchin.



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