“Tida,” by Mary Prescott (ACF | create)

Public Functionary 1500 Jackson St NE Studio 144, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Tida weaves music, storytelling, movement and film into an evening-length performance exploring maternal lineage and intergenerational cultural identity. Mary Prescott -- the winner of a 2019 ACF | create award, which sparked this project -- investigates her mother’s undocumented Thai ancestry, her experience as a Southeast Asian immigrant raising biracial children in the American Midwest, […]

$20 – $25

“While It Lasts: An Earth Day Sound Garden” by JG Everest

Montalvo Arts Center 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga, CA, United States

Minneapolis-based composer/director JG Everest, a 2019 McKnight Composers Fellow, premieres his latest site-specific outdoor sound + performance installation at the Montalvo Art Center, for Earth Day 2023, over three days. Everest will be in residence at Montalvo Arts Center’s Lucas Artists Residency Program (LAP) from March 27-April 25, 2023, composing and designing the installation for […]

Thurman Barker Quintet with Adegoke Steve Colson and Iqua Colson

Park Avenue Armory 643 PARK AVENUE, New York, NY, United States

Versatile drummer and percussionist Thurman Barker has performed with countless singers and artists from the worlds of classical, pop, jazz, and those that defy categorization. His ensemble performs excerpts from three of his orchestral scores — South Side Suite, Pandemic Fever, and Mr. Speed-str — on a special double bill with “musical power couple” (The […]


Speed Dating: MN Choral Composers and GALA Choruses’ Conductors

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN, United States

In this "speed dating" event hosted by American Composers Forum, artistic directors from GALA LGBTQ choruses across North America are gathering in Minneapolis to tour Orchestra Hall, Central Lutheran Church, and the Minneapolis Convention Center in preparation for the upcoming GALA Choruses Festival 2024. We’d like to introduce these conductors to the wealth of choral […]

“We Sick” album release party

The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Performed and recorded in a church just across the street from the Minnesota State Capitol on December 28, 2020, only months after Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd, We Sick (on innova Recordings, the in-house record label of American Composers Forum) is a record of staggeringly emotional improvised music, full of contemplation, fear, and fury. deVon […]

$17 – $22

Melinda Martinez Becker and Nicolás Lell Benavides premiere “Canto Caló”

Witness the world-premiere performances of Canto Caló, a song cycle by composer Nicolás Lell Benavides, performed by Friction Quartet and mezzo soprano Melinda Martinez Becker. Following the world premiere, Benavides and Becker will release the work on innova Recordings as part of our Bay Area Pilot program. Canto Caló takes inspiration from Benavides and Becker's […]

Composing Inclusion: Jordyn Davis, James Díaz, and Trevor Weston

David Geffen Hall 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York,, NY, United States

The first orchestral concert of Composing Inclusion -- a collaboration between the New York Philharmonic, ACF, and the Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division, made possible with funding from the Sphinx Venture Fund -- will take place on May 6 at David Geffen Hall (Lincoln Center). It will feature world premieres by composers Jordyn Davis and James […]

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innova Artist Quince Ensemble Performs David Lang at LONG PLAY

BRIC Ballroom 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States

For Bang on a Can's 2023 LONG PLAY FESTIVAL (May 5 – 7), Quince Ensemble will perform love fail, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. Quince Ensemble, an all-female contemporary music vocal quartet, recorded the piece for innova Recordings, the American Composers Forum's in-house label. Released to great acclaim in 2020, love fail consists of […]


Walken Schweigert Presents “The Garden: The Only Way Out of Hell is Through It”

Southern Theater 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Born in Minneapolis and raised in St. Paul, composer Walken Schweigert is the founder of the all-queer/trans ensemble Open Flame Theatre. The Garden: The Only Way Out of Hell is Through It is the second opera in a triptych loosely inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. For this work he received a 2017 JFund award, now […]

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NEA Big Read Study Group no. 5

Springboard for the Arts 262 University Ave West, Saint Paul, MN, United States

Immigration, Identity and the Arts You are invited to join American Composers Forum (ACF) and East Side Freedom Library (ESFL) on Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 pm CT for the […]