ACA Festival Press Release 2008

For Immediate Release May 15th, 2008
The American Composers Alliance Presents

Festival of American Music 2008, June 4-7
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

Five Live Concerts
More than 30 award-winning composers and performers

NEW: Harold Rosenbaum to receive the 2008 Laurel Leaf
Award from ACA

As always, this year’s festival reflects the extraordinary stylistic diversity of both upcoming and well-established composers from all over the United States. Festival composers and performers will come together from all points north, south, east, and west-- New York, California, Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Minnesota, Arizona, New Mexico, France, and South Africa.

Please join us for these rousing events:

Wed. June 4th, 7:30 pm

This year, opening night is rare event concert--all new choral works performed by one of New York's finest professional choral ensembles, the New York Virtuoso Singers, with conductor Harold Rosenbaum will feature music by MacArthur Foundation "Genius" award recipient, John Eaton; Gaudeamus Foundation award recipient, Elliott Schwartz; and American Academy of Arts and Letters Award recipients Louis Karchin (a composer of "fearless eloquence" --The New Yorker), and Edward Jacobs, among others. During this concert, ACA will present the 2008 Laurel Leaf Award to conductor Harold Rosenbaum, for his longtime dedication to fostering and promoting new works by American composers.

Thurs. June 5th, 7:30pm

On Thursday, works by younger composers will be presented alongside established ACA composers, and will juxtapose Tony Lanman’s “The New Style” and Nathan Bowen’s Cassia, a short burst of a piece for six players, with Elliott Schwartz’s Suite for Viola and Piano, and Joyce Hope Suskind’s moving Meditations on War and Peace. A-List performers, Nicole Pantos, soprano, Kathy Tagg, piano, and Laurence Goldman, double bass, among many others, will create a memorable event.

Friday June 6, 7:30pm

World premiere string quartets and other chamber works will fill Friday evening with Jan Gilbert’s Of Heloise: Four Song Settings of the Poetry of Judith Infante (Nancy Ogle, soprano solo), along with quartets by Richard Brooks and Robert Ceely, plus How You Go, a fantastical line-drawing in sound, for cello, percussion, and harp, by Lewis Nielson.

Saturday June 7, 4pm

Saturday afternoon, another world premiere, the complete piano version of Marc Blitzstein’s ballet, CAIN (1930), shelved by Stokowski due to funding cuts during the Depression, and never brought to life until now. Blitzstein considered this one of his greatest works. Plus, a rich variety of other chamber music, including Elizabeth Bell’s Night Music for piano, Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy’s large ensemble piece, Summer Solstice, and Beth Wiemann’s work for clarinet and piano, Erie, on the Periphery, performed by Ben Fingland and Marilyn Nonken.

Sat. June 7th 7:30pm

The final concert on Saturday evening will bring electronics into Thalia with John Melby’s In Darkness, for Patricia Sonego, soprano, and computer playback, and Joel Gressel’s, An Orderly Transition, also for soprano and computer-generated sounds. We will hear the completion of Hubert Howe’s Symphony No. 3, the first movement of which was presented at last year's festival, in which the composer carefully works out related sonorities in contrasting instrument groups. Longtime ACA member, Raoul Pleskow, will premiere his new Piece for 8 instruments, which he compares to a mini trumpet concerto for small forces.

Also on Saturday evening, Robert Carl’s A Clean Sweep, is a work for shakuhachi flutes and electroacoustic accompaniment, generated by the MAX/MSP program. The flutes will be played by Elizabeth Brown and the composer. Richard Cameron-Wolf’s cantata, A Measure of Love and Silence, features the poetry of Tatyana Apraksina. Burton Beerman (“excellent ear for sound color” –Village Voice) presents a new work for soprano voice and piano, featuring a text by award-winning playwright Raymond Brent Beerman—an expressive conversation between the writer and his teenage son.

All concerts take place at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space,

2537 Broadway at 95th Street, in Manhattan.

Buy Tickets at: Symphony Space
Or Call: 212-864-5400 box office
$15 per person
$5 students
$ 50 Festival pass

For all inquiries, contact:
Gina Genova, General Manager
American Composers Alliance
648 Broadway, Rm 803
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-0458 Tel
(212) 925-6798 Fax

Email to: festival[at]composers.com




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