March Events

March 9

ACF-LA Presents Nadia Shpachenko at the Pasadena Museum of History

During Pasadena’s Spring 2018 ArtNight

ACF-LA presents multiple GRAMMY® nominated pianist Nadia Shpachenko at the Pasadena Museum of History for the Pasadena’s Spring 2018 ArtNight, held in conjunction with a new exhibit “Dreaming the Universe.” Pulling from repertoire by ACF-LA members and composers nation-wide, Nadia will present pieces for keyboard, electronics, and toy piano in a preview of the following evening’s People Inside Electronics concert.

Friday, March 10, 2018, 6-10PM
With Four, 30-Minute Performances at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, & 9:30

The Pasadena Museum of History (Giddings Room)
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103

The bi-annual ArtNight included dozens of spaces and cultural institutions with free programming and performances and free event-specific public transportation just for the evening.



March 10

​Conversations in Collaborative Creativity
March 10th @ 10am

ACF-LA is hosting its second community discussion at OCCCA. Come to connect with other composers and creatives and join in as paelists discussion creativity and collaboration to inspire and inform your creative practice. Featuring guest…

Nzuji De Magalhaes is a mixed media artist born and raised in Angola whose work explores the exchange between African and American cultures, bringing forward issues of gender, child labor, and the experience of minority communities in the United States and abroad.

Collin Russell creates sonic gestures using recorded and synthesized audio to create an ambiance that transforms the listener’s perspective on what sound should be, and more importantly, what sound could be. Collin is the Director of Technical Support at Qu-Bit, a Southern California based modular synthesizer manufacturer.

Moderated by Steven Homestead, ACF-LA President
Presented by ACF-LA // Hosted by OCCCA

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
117 North Sycamore Street
Santa Ana, CA 92701

To Register and for More Info visit the Eventbrite or Facebook Pages.


Nadia Shpachenko, People Inside Electronics (PIE)

Saturday March 10th, 2018, 8pm
Nadia Shpachenko, piano


Nadia Shpachenko presents a varied and adventurous program of music for piano and electronics by Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Vera Ivanova, Isaac Schankler, Alex Temple, Jack Van Zandt, and Julia Wolfe, with special guest Rachel Beetz on flute.

Featuring select compositions from Shpachenko’s upcoming April release “Quotations and Homages.”

More Info on PIE and the Concert

Previous Events

Part of the Boca De Oro Festival
Saturday, March 3rd
Creating with Text and Music

Join in for a unique discussion and workshop as three composers share thoughts and insights from their own practices on creating with text and music. This interactive event will also include live, in-the-moment composing of vocal music, as the composers set crowd-sourced poetry from the audience to music and guest vocalists in a unique pop-up performance.

Date and Time
Sat, March 3, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

AvantGarden Gallery
417 North Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Free Eventbrite Registration and More Info
Note: Boca De Oro Runs from 12-10 at Locations throughout the City
For map and full schedule, visit Boca de Oro

Feb Events

Join ACF-LA at the 17th Annual New Music Festival
5 Days of Concerts, Lectures, and Events!

We’ll be celebrating Thea Musgrave in conversation and through her music and sharing around the festival’s theme: Music Across Borders.

In addition, concerts will feature music by ACF-LA members, including Vera Ivanova and the world premiere of Pamela Madsen’s “There Will Come Soft Rains.”


 Dr. Pamela Madsen, Artistic Director // Feb. 21-25, 2018

Saturday, Feb. 24, Day

Composer-Performer Symposium
10am-6pm // Recital Hall
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

Free admission

10-12pm: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble: Workshop/Score Reading/MasterClass
12pm: John Koegel-Musicologist: Latin American Music in Los Angeles
12:45pm: Charles Sharp-Ethnomusicologist: Improvisation and Music Across Borders
1:30pm: ACF-LA: Conversation with Thea Musgrave, Jack Van Zandt
3pm: Lukas Ligeti
4pm: Jen Shyu

5pm: Panel Discussion with Festival Guest Artists
Jen Shyu, Lukas Ligeti, Vera Ivanova, Members of Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, ACF-LA President Steven Homestead, CSUF Faculty, Pamela Madsen, John Koegel, Charles Sharp, Bill Cunliffe

Sunday, Feb. 25

University Symphony Orchestra
with the Concerto-Aria Competition Winner
Kimo Furumoto, conductor

4pm // Meng Concert Hall
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831

Featuring composer Thea Musgrave
in celebration of her 90th birthday

Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite
Jean Sibelius: Romanze
Thea Musgrave: Song of the Enchanter (In homage to Sibelius)
Amy Beach: Finale from the “Gaelic” Symphony
Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
with 2017 Music Associates Concerto-Aria Competition
Overall Grand Prize Winner: Man-Ling Bai


Saturday Feb 10, 10AM-12PM
Saturday Mar 10, 10AM-12PM

Join in as ACF-LA launches public dialogues to inform and inspire your creative practice.

As President of ACF-LA, I’m curating a number of public conversations that will feature local and global creators, curators, and composers discussing exciting projects and collaborations. The first two will be held in conjunction with OCCCA’s exhibit, “Music for Your Eyes,” from Exhibitions Director Carolyn Yarnell, juried by Peter Frank. In addition to the discussion, come to connect with other creatives and community members at these free events.

10:00-10:30AM // Coffee & Bagels
10:30-11:30AM // Discussion

117 North Sycamore
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Parking: Metered street parking and public pay lots are located adjacent to the location.

Carolyn Yarnell //

Composer and Visual Artist
Exhibitions Director, OCCCA

Pamela Madsen //
Composer, Performer, Theorist, and Curator
Professor, Music Composition/Theory, CSUF
Founder and Director of the Annual CSUF New Music Festival

Bridget Dolkas //
Violinist, Musical Entrepreneur, Educator, and Arts Organizer
Principal 2nd Violin, Pacific Symphony
Co-Curator of Sonic Kitchen

Kurt Mortensen //
Arts Administrator, Composer, and Guitarist
Director of Audience Engagement,
Pacific Symphony
Co-Curator of Sonic Kitchen

Moderated by Steven Homestead