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Now Accepting Film Submissions for the Sound of Silent Film Festival

ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its thirteenth year, features newly commissioned scores performed live to modern silent films. The films are all sourced through Withoutabox and FilmFreeway and the submission process is now open! We’re seeking short films that are either completely silent or without dialogue in any and all conceivable genres. … Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee is This Weekend

Our musicians take to the “stage” in three iconic buildings in downtown Milwaukee on Saturday, September 23rd for our third annual collaboration with Doors Open. Three composers, Robert Laidlow, Asta Hyarvinen and Cristina Spinei, have been commissioned to write new pieces inspired by the Clock Shadow, Two Fifty and Colby Abbot buildings respectively.  On Saturday… Read more »

Open House Chicago Composers Announced

ACM is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation again this year for their exciting Open House Chicago event.  We’re working in two buildings: the Golden Triangle and Sedgwick Studios. A composer has been commissioned for each building and will write a new piece of music for it and then on the day of the event,… Read more »

‘Into the Mystic’ is Tonight! Tickets are more than half sold

Tonight’s concert, our first in our new home the Davis Theater, is more than half sold.  Which is quite a feat for a 275 seat theater!  Buy your ticket now to enjoy great performances of contemporary music inspired by religion, spirituality and altered states of consciousness.

Open House Chicago Buildings Announced

ACM will collaborate with Open House Chicago for the sixth year to commission composers to write music inspired by landmark buildings and then put musicians in the buildings to play the music every 15 minutes for self-guided tours. This year we’re working with two buildings: the Golden Triangle and the Sedgwick Studio. Read about them… Read more »

Composer Alive: First Installment is September 12

Our latest Composer Alive project is a collaboration with David Smooke, a composer we’ve long admired. David will be writing a new piece for us and sending it in installments as he writes us. Join us on September 12 as our musicians publicly rehearse and record the first installment of the piece before our Into… Read more »

David Smooke is Our Next ‘Composer Alive’

We’re very excited to announce that our next Composer Alive commission goes to one of the most creative composers in the universe, David Smooke!  Composer Alive is one of ACM’s longest-running programs in which a composer writes a new piece for us in installments and emails each installment as he composes it. Our musicians then… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee Commissions Announced

Three composers have been chosen, from a pool of more than a hundred, to write music inspired by three featured buildings in this year’s Doors Open Milwaukee project.   Doors Open Milwaukee is part of the global Doors Open project celebrating architecture and unusual spaces and encouraging people to be a tourist in their own town…. Read more »

Photos from Thirsty Ears 2017 Posted!

This year’s Thirsty Ears Festival was a total blast! A tremendous thanks to all those who could attend.  Check out our Facebook album to see some fantastic photos of the two-day fest, courtesy of the terrific photographer Elliot Mandel.  Here are a few photos from the collection: We look forward to seeing you at the… Read more »

Commission Opportunity – Doors Open Milwaukee

ACM will partner with Doors Open Milwaukee again on September 23rd 2017 to commission three composers to write music inspired by featured buildings in the project.  Composers will write short duos, for any combination of flute, clarinet, violin and cello, 4 to 6 minutes in length to be performed in the building every 15 minutes… Read more »

Doors Open Milwaukee Buildings Announced

We’re very excited to be teaming up with Doors Open Milwaukee again this year!  We’ll be commissioning three composers to write music for three landmark spaces in Milwaukee and then on the day of the event we’ll have musicians in each space to play the piece every 15 minutes for the self-guided tours. This year… Read more »

Connect Hearing Sponsors Sound Equipment at Thirsty Ears

Connect Hearing has committed to helping us improve our sound system by signing on as a sponsor of the Thirsty Ears Festival! Bad sound was one of the consistent comments from last year and so we are thrilled to be able to rent professional level equipment this year. Connect Hearing provides free hearing evaluations, hearing… Read more »