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


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

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.


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