ACA Celebrates 75 Years of American Concert Music
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
To celebrate its 75th anniversary, the American Composers Alliance presents a concert of intriguing music by American composers that illustrates significant achievements in the history of the organization. The Orchestra of the League of Composers will be joined by world-renowned solo artists in this once-in-a lifetime ACA event.
In addition, a video film history of ACA will be shown, to illustrate highlights from more than seven decades of composers and their works that have shaped and given purpose to this unique service organization. Finally, the ACA Governors will present the Laurel Leaf Award to an outstanding individual or organization that has shown exemplary service for new American music. This is going to be an evening not to be missed!
The Orchestra of the League of Composers, with guest conductor, Oliver Hagen.
Jo Ellen Miller, Soprano
Fred Sherry, cello
Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin
Orion Weiss, piano
- Ben Weber, Concerto, Op. 32 (1950)
- Dorothy Rudd Moore, Transcension (1986)
- Elliott Schwartz, Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson (2007)
- George Edwards, Parallel Convergences (1988)
- Miriam Gideon, Bomischer Krystall (1990)
ACA was established in 1937 by a group of composers, including Aaron Copland, who sought to professionalize their work and to increase public awareness of a significant American art form-classical concert music by composers living and working in the United States.
We celebrate the unique history of ACA in this single concert and awards ceremony at Symphony Space, the concert home of ACA for more than 5 years.
In its early years, ACA was one of the few organizations that published and promoted concert music by African-American composers and by women composers. The music from the early years of ACA is still available in the ACA catalog, and the digital score preservation project begun in 2008 is insuring that nearly twelve thousand scores of important American concert works will remain in print and accessible to future generations.
This is a celebration of 75+ years of American concert music, as well as a special tribute to those who have given great support, care, and loyalty to the organization over the years.
In addition to the performance of five remarkable works by American composers of yesterday and today, we also honor the bond between ACA and BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), a professional relationship that began during turbulent times as the modern music business was establishing itself in the early 1940s.
Join us for a celebration of American concert music, to honor the composers who established and created one of the most important collections of American music in the world.
ACA and BMI members, as well as Society for American Music members - contact ACA for discount ticket code: firstname.lastname@example.org