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


Harvey Sollberger's "A même rive-signes" for 24 flutes, world premiere Oct. 22nd


Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

Orchestre de Flutes Francaises will present the world premiere of a new work for 24 flutes by Harvey Sollberger on October 22, 2016 in Paris, as part of the International Flute Convention.

James Newton « JUBAL » pour flûte solo et orchestre de flûtes **

Harvey Sollberger  A même rive-signes désaccordés, chemins épars
d'après Yves Bonnefoy **

Versus - Irena Portenko and Friends


Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 9:00pm

Pianist Irena Portenko presents a concert at the Union Arts Center in Sparkill, NY -celebrating her "Versus" CD release of Tchaikovsky (#1) and Prokofiev (#2) concerti. She has gathered together a stellar roster of her performer and composer friends for this November 12 event, including pianists Sergei Kvitko and Svetlana Gorokhovich, soprano Elisabeth Halliday, saxophonist Jordan Smith, and cellist Nargiza Yusupova. The program includes Richard Cameron-Wolfe's 2010 cello-piano work Roerich Rhapsody, along with works by Sergei Rachmaninov, Ellwood Derr, Joelle Wallach, Lu Pei, and Logan Skelton. Tickets are available at

Robert Scott Thompson news - resident artist at ACA, plus three performances in Italy


Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 8:00pm

During October and November this year, Robert Scott Thompson (RST) will be an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. While there he will be working with composer and ACA Master Artist Natasha Barrett (UK/Norway) and will be concentrating his creative effort upon composing a new work of multi-channel electroacoustic music. Other projects while in residence include composing for a new solo recording for Ultima Thule Ambient Media of Sydney Australia, slated for release in 2017, and a new work for solo guitar.

In addition, there are three performances in Italy -  first is a performance of the recent work Mettā (2014) composed for Bent Frequency Duo Project,

Elliott Schwartz world premiere of String Quartet No. 3 by Kreutzer Quartet, Nov. 3rd.


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 8:00pm

Concert: ‘Weaving Threads: Virginia Woolf & String Quartets’
Kreutzer Quartet at the University of Cambridge, England (Robinson College Chapel in Cambridge) on November 3rd, will present the premiere String Quartet No. 3: Portrait (For Deedee) by Elliott Schwartz.

Transient Canvas to play new work by Matthew Welch and more at Kent State U, Nov. 6th


Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Transient Canvas (Amy Advocat, bass clarinet & Matt Sharrock, marimba)

Transient Canvas - season continues

Vanguard New Music Series
Kent State University
November 6, 2016

Repertoire includes music by Victoria Cheah, David CollMichelle McQuade Dewhirst, David IbbettPeter Van Zandt Lane, Crystal Pascucci, Rudolf Rojahn, Matthew Welch

Jessica Usherwood to sing music by H. Leslie Adams, Lori Laitman, and more, Oct. 23rd


Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 3:00pm
Soprano, Jessica Usherwood

Jessica Usherwood to present first voice faculty recital at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessese – on Oct. 23, with pianist Bernadette Lo. American songs by Andre Previn, Gwyneth Walker, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordan, and H. Leslie Adams.  Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at Guery Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Raoul Pleskow to be honored at West Chester University, Oct. 26th


Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 8:15pm
Raoul Pleskow

West Chester University of Pennsylvania will honor composer Raoul Pleskow in celebration of his 85th birthday this year, with a concert of his music in Ware Recital Hall. Artists scheduled to perform include Rebecca Ansel, Karen Dannessa, Carl Cranmer, Ovidiu Marinescu, Joseph Caminiti, Marshall Taylor, and Ephraim Schafli. Works scheduled to be on the program include Due Frammenti for voice and piano, work for saxophone and piano - Für Marshall und Ephraim, a the newest piece for solo piano, Contrasts and Returns. terra aliena... by Lewis Nielson - world premiere - Talea Ensemble Oct. 14th


Friday, October 14, 2016 - 7:30pm

For its opening concert of the 2016-17 season, the Talea Ensemble presents its next installment of 'Written for Talea' concerts. The evening will include the world premieres of terra aliena.. by Lewis Nielson and Taylor Brook's Exploded Views, as well as the US premiere of Natacha Diels's Princess Nightmare Moon, three dramatic works with very different derivations. Nielson's terra aliena... has a topical political message focusing on equality. Through music and text, Nielson uses the story of the trial of American abolitionist John Brown to explore true equality, rights and compassion.

Critics Pick: Music of H. Leslie Adams at University of Puget Sound, Oct. 6th


Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
Minnita Cox, photo by Chrissy Maguire

Soprano Minnita Daniel-Cox will present a free lecture-recital about musical settings of the poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, known in the 19th century as the “African-American poet laureate.” With pianist Gwynne Brown, the program includes music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and H. Leslie Adams.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 6. Free. Schneebeck Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1701 S. Union Ave., Tacoma.

I, Too, Sing America - an Artistic Lament for the Fallen - NYC, Oct. 16th


Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

The Abyssinian Baptist Church, founded in 1809, will present a concert of music on Sunday, Oct. 16th at 4pm, featuring music of composers H. Leslie Adams and Margaret Bonds. "I, Too, Sing America" will feature songs on poetry of Toni Morrison and Langston Hughes. Arrangements by John Carter and Hall Johnson and new poetry by Janinah Burnett will round out the program. Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased through the church here. 

Abyssinian Baptist Church
132 Odell Clark Place
(Formerly 138th St.)
New York, NY 10030


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