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Tickets Now on Sale for ‘Machine Language’ on May 14

ACM’s last concert of the season features music inspired by machines, gears, toys and mechanisms and will be held in the beautifully restored Davis Theater in Lincoln Square. We’ll perform the World Premiere of David Smooke’s Mechanical Birds, a piece we commissioned as part of our Composer Alive program. PROGRAM Cranks and Cactus Needles by… Read more »

7:00 Sound of Silent Film Show is Sold Out

The 7:00 feature presentation for the Sound of Silent Film Festival is now sold out!  Tickets are still available for the 9:30 late night show.  More info here.    

Tickets Going Fast for Sound of Silent Film

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival is April 14 and tickets are going fast!  Sound of Silent Film is Chicago’s only film festival to feature newly composed classical music pieces performed live to modern silent films. From comedies to dramas, sci-fi and more, this event is always a fun time. Grab a drink at… Read more »


After last year’s success, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Second Annual ACM Student Film Festival Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 PM at the Davis Theater! Students are working hard with their teachers to create original short films complete with their own original scores! You won’t want to miss this… Read more »

WATCH: Performances from In Stereo

Earlier this month we hosted In Stereo, a concert of electroacoustic works at the Davis Theater in Chicago.  Check out videos all of the amazing performances below! In Stereo: La Isla Mágica – Angelica Negrón In Stereo: Petals – Kaija Saariaho In Stereo: And A River Runs Through Him – Ryan Ingebritsen and Sam Scranton… Read more »

Films and Composers Chosen for the 2018 Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its thirteenth year, features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films.  This year we have an especially exciting program of films from around the world and we’re adding a special “late night” edition featuring films that were a bit too risque for Sound of Silent… Read more »

Discovery Series Videos from LPR in Manhattan Now Posted

ACM is a proud sponsor of the Discovery Series at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan, part of Relevant Tones’ live broadcast series there.  We put out an international call for scores and received more than seven hundred submissions. We choose three pieces each time to be performed in a moderated session in front of a… Read more »

New Commission Opportunity: Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its thireenth year, feature newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. Eight composers will be commissioned to write scores for short silent films, all by living directors, between five and fifteen minutes long. The films are in a wide variety of styles, all have been… Read more »

Tickets Now on Sale for ‘In Stereo’ at the Davis Theater February 5

ACM’s next concert at the Davis theater is an exciting program of music that takes full advantage of the surround sound capability of a movie theater. The evening features a musical depiction of a magical island, a haunting reinterpretation of an iconic interview with trumpet virtuoso Chet Baker, a hilarious evocation of a Texas cattle… Read more »

Watch a Video from Open House Chicago

We commissioned composers Joshua Marquez and Robert Laidlow to write music for two well-known buildings in Chicago: the Golden Triangle and Sedgwick Artist Studios, as part of Open House Chicago. Then we had musicians in each space to play the music every fifteen minutes for tours of people. This was our sixth year working with… Read more »