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:
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.


Two upcoming opportunities, new orchestral music readings; commission, for emerging composers

The Nashville Symphony and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announce the Nashville Symphony New Music Readings, to be held April 7 and 8, 2010, in Nashville, TN. The Readings are designed to be an outstanding artistic and professional-development opportunity for emerging composers, and are also an excellent way for emerging composers to gain visibility in the field of orchestral music. Deadline Dec. 15, 2009. For guidelines and further information, click here.

American Composers Orchestra and LVMH announce “A Greener New York City” Commission for emerging composers. The commission is made possible through a unique partnership between LVMH and the acclaimed new music orchestra that grows out of a shared commitment to support emerging American artists. One composer will be selected through a national call for proposals, and will be awarded a commission of $7,000 and a future performance by American Composers Orchestra. Deadline for submissions, Jan. 15, 2010.

Call for works for ACA Festival of New Music 2010

Save the Date:   June 17-19, 2010 at Symphony Space, New York City. To submit a work for consideration, please contact ACA before December 15th with your proposal, with instrumentation details, complete duration, and provide a CD or mp3 recording/link if available. Also include names of performers, or if you would prefer to work with one of ACA's ensembles in residence for 2010. Completed score must be submitted by January 30th. Priority consideration will be given to ACA members--past and present, BMI-affiliated composers, and composers who are 35 or younger as of June, 2010. Please send a note of intent to [email protected] and request more information, before mailing scores to the ACA office. Please note our new office mailing address. Highlights of last year's  festival are here.

Congratulations, Leslie Bassett

"Hammered Strings and Whistling Pipes" for piano and pipe organ, by Leslie Bassett, was recently premiered by Philip and Joy Hayner at Piedmont College, as well as "Sound Off!!!" for 10 percussionists, at the Pro Musica series of Gainesville, Georgia. In May of 2009, Bassett was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree by California State University, Fresno, a very happy occasion.


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