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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

 

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

Date: 

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.

...in terra aliena... by Lewis Nielson - world premiere - Talea Ensemble Oct. 14th

Date: 

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 ...in 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 ...in 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

Date: 

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

Date: 

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

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

Date: 

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

Date: 

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

Date: 

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, Amazon.com, YouTube, and CD Baby.  Short excerpt:

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

Date: 

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.

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