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Classical Excursions Virtual Lecture Series

ACM announces a four-part virtual lecture series on classical music given by our Executive Director Seth Boustead. We’re working very hard to pay our musicians for canceled events and to pay our teaching artists for lessons canceled because of Covid-19.  All proceeds from this series go to support those efforts. Each lecture is $10 or… Read more »

Take an Online Music Theory Class

We’re pleased to offer a new online Music Theory class that will combine elements of aural training, composition and music theory to enhance a student’s musical understanding and proficiency. The class is $75 for four weeks. Get more info and enroll here!

Now Offering Online Music Lessons

ACM is now offering online music lessons and classes! Private lessons are tailored to the individual needs and goals of the student and can take place via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. Looking to brush up on old skills, finally learn to play a favorite song or learn to create your own music?  We can help… Read more »

Sound of Silent Film Festival Rescheduled

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SETH BOUSTEAD First of all I hope that you are all safe and healthy and doing what you can to help in the efforts to flatten the Covid-19 curve. We have made the difficult decision to reschedule the Sound of Silent Film Festival.  We will announce the new date… Read more »

Covid-19 Response

As concern grows over the coronavirus (COVID-19), we at ACM are monitoring the situation and following recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYC Department of Health. As of now the ACM School of Music remains open though we are offering online lessons for those who prefer that. The Sound of Silent Film… Read more »

Tickets on Sale for Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with two all-new programs of modern silent films in every conceivable genre screened with newly commissioned scores performed live. DETAILS Saturday, March 28 7:00 and 9:30 Davis Theater 4614 N. Lincoln Ave. TICKETS $20 single show (general seating for one show) $35… Read more »

Tickets on Sale for ‘Specific Gravity’

From deep in the earth to the furthest reaches of outer space, Specific Gravity features music inspired by our physical universe. The event will pair informal conversation with Ashley Hamer, host of the popular podcast Curiosity Daily, with performances of the pieces. Specialty cocktails created by the speakeasy the Drifter and inspired by the theme… Read more »

Watch This Preview Video for ‘Inner Worlds’

We gave a preview of three of the commissioned works for our upcoming Inner Worlds concert on December 16 in a fun house concert last week. Check out the video featuring music by Pierce Gradone, Jeff Kowalkowski and Mark Mahoney, and Randall West. And get your tickets for the concert now!  

Tickets Now on Sale for ‘Inner Worlds’ Concert

Featuring a wide array of new pieces meant to be played entirely inside of the piano, Inner Worlds takes you on a fascinating sonic journey.  Encompassing a range of special effects, the music for this concert ranges from eerie to playful to dramatic and everything in between.  GoPro cameras inside the piano send the image… Read more »

Open House Chicago Video Posted

This year’s collaboration with Open House Chicago was especially meaningful for us as we worked with the historic Forum building in Bronzeville. Built in 1897, The Forum is home to the oldest assembly and social hall in Bronzeville and contains what may be the oldest hardwood dance floor in Chicago. This imposing red brick building… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee Videos Now Posted

ACM collaborated with Doors Open Milwaukee to commission composers to write music for three landmark spaces.  We then placed musicians in each building to perform the pieces every fifteen minutes for self-guided tours. The Grain Exchange – Music by Debra Kaye The Grain Exchange Room located in the Mackie Building, showcases beautiful “Simple Italian” architecture, soaring… Read more »

Now Accepting Film Submissions for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s 15th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival is March 28th at the Davis Theater and submissions are now open!  We’re looking for short films 2 to 20 minutes in length in all genres. Films should be either totally silent or films without dialogue that will still work when screened in silence. Deadline for submission… Read more »