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


Bassist Hervé Rémond performs "Mr. T His Fancy" by Barney Childs

Performer's note:

"Mr. T His Fancy" (1967) is the third opus of the American composer Barney Childs (1926-2000), dedicated to the double bass after "Sonata for Bass Alone" (1960) and "Closing Music I" (1964). Like the first two pieces "Mr T." Is written and expressly dedicated to his friend the bassist Bertram Turetzky, to whom we owe credit for a revolution in the practice of double bass as a solo instrument in the second half of the 20th century.

David Evan Jones recording release "News from Afar" on Centaur

News From Afar (for chamber ensembles with news broadcasts transformed) with music by David Evan Jones, was released in September 2016  by Centaur Records.  Listening links on YouTube can be found here.  Distributor Archiv Music is handling sales of this CD.

Program note:

News from Afar presents five compositions (2010-2015) by David Evan Jones (b. 1946) all of which integrate computer processed news broadcasts with instruments performing live. These pieces transform reports of the difficult news of our day and bring them into the contemplative frame of the concert hall.

Werke von Weigl, Schönberg und Brahms, Köln, Dec. 4th


Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am

Flora Konzert 01 - part of the Gürzenich Orchester Köln's Chamber Concert series for this season -  will present Ein Stelldichein, (A Rendezvous) a work by Karl Weigl for voice with strings, with poetry by Richard Dehmel.  Also on the program will be Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (poetry also by Richard Dehmel) and Streichsextett No. 2 in G major by Brahms.

Music by Dorothy Rudd Moore, T.J. Anderson, at Atlanta Music Festival, Nov. 14-16


Monday, November 14, 2016 - 7:00pm

The 2016 Atlanta Music Festival will be November 14-18, 2016. Comprising several events devoted to advancing relations among the races through the arts, the Festival will culminate in a gala concert featuring opera star Jessye Norman at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University campus, Friday, November 18, 7:00 PM. Tickets are $25 and $18.

Brian Schober's monodrama WHITE WITCH to be performed at Roulette, Dec. 8th


Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Composer - Brian Schober

Brian Schober's opera/monodrama White Witch will be performed at Roulette in Brooklyn on December 8 at 8 p.m. as part of the World Music/Interpretations Series.  This work was premiered two years ago at Symphony Space. Based on a libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, White Witch presents a story of voodoo, murder, and revenge, scored for soprano and percussion. Based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a white woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall.

Music of Hubert Howe, Richard Brooks, and Raoul Pleskow, Saint Peters Church, Dec. 6th


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

Concert 1: December 6, 2016

New York Composers Circle season begins
Saint Peters Church, 54th Street and Lexington Avenue

José Beviá, Trio No. 4 “Al Borde del Abismo”
Dana Dimitri Richardson, Variations on Parang-Sae
Raoul Pleskow, Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
Robert Cohen, Calder’s Circus
Susan J. Fischer, Twilight
Madelyn Byrne, Rain, Sea and Sky
David Mecionis, Obstinate Duet

ACA Remembers Robert Ceely (1930-2015) with Seven Etudes, plus music of Beth Wiemann, Eleanor Cory, John Becker and Lionel Nowak, Symphony Space, Nov. 4th


Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA cordially invites you to join us for a special event at Thalia Hall on Nov. 4th.

Pianist Wen Shen will present the New York Premiere of Seven Etudes for Piano a work written for her by Robert Ceely.  Also on the program will be rare performances of music by ACA luminaries of the past John Becker and Dane Rudhyar by Keith Kirchoff.  Additional pieces selected by the pianists will include works by Eleanor Cory,  Beth Wiemann, Scott Miller and Lionel Nowak.

ACA welcomes guest artists Wen Shen from St. Louis and Keith Kirchoff from Boston, as we celebrate the music of Robert Ceely and friends. Also performing on this concert will be Daniel Colalillo and Christopher Oldfather!

World premire of Jane Eyre, An Opera in 3 Acts, by Louis Karchin, Oct. 20 and 22


Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 8:00pm



On October 20 and 22, the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will be staged by the Center for Contemporary Opera at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.  Jane Eyre, an opera in three acts, was presented in 2013 by the CCO in a workshop production at the Cell Theatre, and is Karchin’s second opera. Conducting will be the Grammy-nominated and CCO's Chief Conductor Sara Jobin

Music of Christopher Shultis - UMBC, Oct. 28th


Friday, October 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

On Oct. 28th, Christopher Shultis concert and lecture, with pianist Curtis Cacioppo - the premiere performance of the Complete Piano Etudes (World's End and Devisadero) by Christopher Shultis. 

Livewire 7: The New York School and Beyond
Featuring Special Guest Artist Malcolm Goldstein
Wednesday, October 26 – Saturday, October 29
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
and other venues
Baltimore, MD


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