Aaron Jay Kernis, Fiftieth-Birthday Celebration


Monday, January 18, 2010 - 7:30pm

First performed by the New York Philharmonic in 1983, Kernis cemented his reputation in the 1990s with a series of appealing works that deftly blended minimalist and neo-Romantic influences. A tribute concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge--performed by musicians including violinists James Ehnes and Tim Fain, singers Sadie Rosales and Robert Osborne, the guitarist David Tanenbaum, and pianist Evelyne Luest--will take place on Monday evening, Jan. 18, at 7:30pm Ticket information here.

The Golden Gate, an opera by Conrad Cummings


Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 8:00pm

American Opera Projects and LivelyWorks present a workshop production of THE GOLDEN GATE, an opera in two acts.

Music by Conrad Cummings Libretto from the novel-in-verse by Vikram Seth adapted by the composer.

Performances by: baritone David Adam Moore, tenor Keith Jameson, mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn, bass Kevin Burdette, and soprano Katrina Thurman. Steven Osgood, conductor, John Henry Davis, director

Saturday, January 16 & Sunday January 17, 2010 - 8:00 PM

The Rose Studio
10th Floor of the Rose Building
New York, NY

Tickets: $25

"Composers Play Composers" Sunday, Jan. 31 at club Drom


Sunday, January 31, 2010 - 6:00pm


Composers Concordance presents a marathon concert entitled 'Composers Play Composers' on Sunday, January 31, 2010, 6:00 PM doors, 7:00-10:00PM performance time at the club Drom in New York, 85 Avenue A (between 5th & 6th), New York, NY. 212-777-1157. www.dromnyc.com. Live visuals by Astrid Steiner (luma.launisch) and media by Carmen Kordas.

The 23 composers, chosen by a somewhat "random criterion" from an initial list of 150 are: Roger Blanc, Thomas Bo, Luis Andrei Cobo, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Larry Goldman, David Gotay, Patrick Grant, Franz Hackl, Don Hagar, Arthur Kampela, Alon Nechushtan, Daniel Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Akmal Parwez, Joseph Pehrson, Gene Pritsker, Paola Prestini, Jody Redhage, Kamala Sankaram, William Schimmel, Andrew Violette, and Theodore Wiprud.

This concert, in collaboration with VisionIntoArt, will consist of a 3 hour performance with 23 composers playing their own works. The marathon will have 3 sets with 2 short 10 minute breaks.

(link below to read more)

Treemonisha - orchestrated and arranged by T.J. Anderson to be performed in Washington DC, Feb-March 2010


Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 8:00pm

Treemonisha, America's first indigenous opera, composed by Scott Joplin in 1910, will be performed by the Washington Savoyards, N. Thomas Pedersen, Artistic Director. Nine shows are planned, for February 19, 20, 21; 26,27,28; and March 5,6,7, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington DC, Marvin Mills, conducting.

This production features the orchestration/arrangement by ACA composer, Thomas J. Anderson. Anderson is well-known for his orchestration of the Scott Joplin opera, as well as for his oeuvre of more than 100 works in the symphonic, choral, chamber, and band genres. The frequently-commissioned composer has written for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and cellist Yo Yo Ma (Spirit Songs).

"A Concert Tribute to African American Composers"


Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 3:00pm

Solo piano, two-piano, cello-violin-piano ensemble, and vocal performance of soprano Yolanda Rhodes performing works of African American Composers H. Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, Charles Brown, Valerie Capers, Betty Jackson King, Undine Smith Moore, Florence B. Price, Coleridge Taylor Perkinson, Billie Holiday, Howard Swanson, and William Grant Still.

Sunday,  January 24 (2010) at 3:00 p.m.

Where:  Performing Arts Center, Eastside College Preparatory School

1041 Myrtle Street

East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Song New York


Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 8:00pm

This week, Golden Fleece/Composers Chamber Theatre presents "Song New York" with works by Richard Brooks, Mira J. Spektor, Charles Coleman, Virgil Thomson, and songs by Gary Schneider composed for Arnold Wesker’s play "Letter to a Daughter"

Rene Weiller Hall
Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014

December 17th, 2009 Thursday 8 PM

The Other Side of Time - Brian Fennelly premiere


Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 8:00pm

Brian Fennelly

The Other Side of Time, by Brian Fennelly, was written for the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble at the request of its director, Charles Peltz, and will premiere in concert at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, on February 25th.  The work is 13 minutes long and  is scored for 25 woodwind and brass instruments, timpani, and 4 percussionists.

T.J. Anderson's memorial to Hale Smith


Hale Smith (1925-2009), a classical composer who also worked as a performer and arranger with jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Chico Hamilton, died Tuesday at his home in Freeport, L.I. The noted composer and longtime friend of Smith, T.J. Anderson, reflects on the life of Hale Smith in New Music Box. Hale Smith was a member of the American Composers Alliance from 1958 to 1995. He served on its Board of Governors from 1966 to 1972.

Bang on a Can - Summer Festival Residencies

The 2010 Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts, USA, July 12-Aug 1, 2010) is a residency for composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums. The Bang on a Can Summer Festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. Faculty includes Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, California EARUnit, eighth blackbird, and more. Our special guest for 2010 is George Crumb. Information is available at: www.bangonacan.org/summer_festival
Contact: Bang on a Can:   [email protected]
Application Deadline: January 15, 2010

Unique gift idea: The ACA Bulletin 1952-65; Set of 12 postcards

To support the ACA historical preservation project, donors of $75 or more will receive a set of 12 historical ACA Bulletin postcards, with matching envelopes. The ACA Bulletin covers of the 1950s and 60s featured modern drawings of American composers, and colorful abstract designs. Place an order by using the "donate" link on this page, or contact ACA.

This set (1) of post-card size cover reproductions  features the composers Ben Weber, Otto Luening, Henry Cowell, George Perle, Gordon Binkerd, Ulysses Kay, Charles Ives, Wallingford Riegger, Arthur Berger, Robert McBride, Vivian Fine, Edwin Gerschefski, and Daniel Pinkham.



Subscribe to American Composers Alliance RSS