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


Prayer by H. Leslie Adams to receive performance by Denyce Graves at the Phillips Collection, Sept. 25th


Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano

‘America The Beautiful’: Glimpses of an American Songbook

Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will sing a concert of music by American composers on September 25th at the Phillips Collection modern art museum located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Miss Graves was born in Washington, DC, graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1981, and went on to study at Oberlin Conservatory and New England Conservatory before embarking on her professional career at the Wolf Trap Opera Company. She made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1995 as Carmen – a role she has sung there more than 40 times.

Leslie Adams (b. 1932) is an African-American composer whose works include the opera Blake based on the nineteenth-century novel by Martin Delany

EntArteOpera in Vienna presents music of Vally Weigl in "Verbotene Klänge" - Liederabend, Sept. 23rd


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

ACA is pleased to announce a concert of chamber music by four exceptional women composers whose music is rarely heard. Hermine Haselböck, Mezzosoprano; Franz Bartolomey, Violoncello; and Clemens Zeilinger, Piano, will present an evening of music by Charlotte Schlesinger, Vítezslava Kaprálová, Henriëtte Bosmans, and one of ACA's founding members, Vally Weigl.  Many thanks to EntArteOpera for their support of this music.

Vally Weigl (1894-1982):
Old-time Burlesque, für Violoncello und Klavier 1938
Toccatina, (Homage to Robert Schumann), für Klavier 1982

New Digital Single from Steven Sacco: Sonata for Trombone and Piano with Michael Powell


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 12:00pm

On September 6th, Composer-Pianist Steven Christopher Sacco will release a new recording of his Sonata for Trombone and Piano, featuring the composer as pianist with  trombonist Michael Powell.  The track is now available for pre-release on iTunes,, YouTube, and CD Baby.  Short excerpt:

Scott Miller - new works for flutes and electronics, with rarescale, UK premiere Sept. 6th


Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 7:30pm

Scott L. Miller’s Anterior/Interior and The Frost Performs its Secret Ministry will be performed by rarescale at The Forge, Camden, UK on Sept 6. On September 7, Scott Miller and flutist/improviser Carla Rees will premier Miller’s ISLANDs at the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS) at DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK.

UMaine -D'Anna Fortunato and Friends present world premiere of Dividend by Beth Wiemann + works by Elliott Schwartz, Sept. 23-24


Friday, September 23, 2016 - 7:30pm

Mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will celebrate Maine composers in a concert at the UMaine School of Performing Arts, with esteemed colleagues Peter H. Bloom, multiple flutes; Thomas Hill, clarinet; and Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp. The program, Mostly Maine Composers, will be a tribute to Elliott Schwartz in his 80th year, and will honor other Maine composers Beth Wiemann, Richard Nelson, Elizabeth Vercoe and Michael Viens.

Elliott Schwartz 80th Birthday celebration at Symphony Space, Sept. 21st


Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 7:30pm
Elliott Schwartz

Join us as we celebrate the music of composer Elliott Schwartz, in honor of his 80th birthday year. Guest artists scheduled to perform include pianists John McDonald, George Lopez, and Blair McMillen; bassist Doug Balliett, flutist Emi Ferguson; ensemble counter)induction; Marina Kifferstein, violinist; percussionist Christopher Graham; and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved. 

Symphony Space Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th St.
New York, NY

Wed. Sept. 21, 2016

To be listed as a supporter of this event, plus a studio recording of the concert works to be released by the end of this year, please consider a donation to the ESMF - Elliott Schwartz Music Fund, here:




Five Millay Songs of H. Leslie Adams part of concert gala event Sept. 17th


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
Drinko Hall, Cleveland State University

Bascom Little Fund, a philanthropic organization celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year, presents a Gala Concert celebrating great Cleveland area composers of the past, present and future, on Sept. 17th at 7:30pm, at CSU, Drinko Hall.  "For You There Is No Song" and "The Return from Town" from Five Millay Songs by H. Leslie Adams will be performed. This event is co-sponsored by WCLV, Cleveland Public Library, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. There will be a champagne reception following the concert.

David Froom's Down to a Sunless Sea, New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, Oct. 17th


Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:30pm

The New England Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, with Donald Palma, conductor, will perform Down to a Sunless Sea by David Froom, for string orchestra, on October 17th.  Other works on the program include Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48, and Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a. 

Jordan Hall
New England Conservatory




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