Augusta Read Thomas - Composer
  • [Featured News - Chicago Tribune] Augusta Read Thomas, contemporary classical catalyst: "A passionate sense of purpose informs everything the Grammy-winning Chicago composer Augusta Read Thomas does in music. It is central to her organizing, directing and co-curating the Ear Taxi Festival, by far the largest festival of contemporary classical music in the city's history."
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  • Augusta is spearheading EAR TAXI FESTIVAL, October 5-10, 2016, a 6-day-long new music festival celebrating the vibrant and booming classical contemporary music scene in Chicago. 350 musicians, 53 world premieres, 25 ensembles, 88 composers, 5 installations! The festival is made possible, in part, by major support from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.
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  • Augusta Read Thomas interviews Philip Glass
    Composers Philip Glass and Augusta Read Thomas Discuss Artistic Collaboration
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  • H.S.H. the Prince Albert II honors Augusta with the Cultural Medal of Monaco. The Sovereign Prince of Monaco awarded Augusta CHEVALIER of the Order of Cultural Merit. The insignia of this distinction was given by S.A.R. Princess of Hanover at the Prince's Palace on 18 November 2015.
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  • 'Of Being is a Bird' CD awarded BBC Music Magazine 'Chamber Choice' In the July issue of BBC Music Magazine, it received the 'Chamber Choice' award with Anthony Burton awarding the recording five stars...
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  • [New Release] Augusta Read Thomas - Of Being Is A Bird (Nimbus Alliance NI 6323) will be available April 1, 2016. The new Nimbus Records release is the sixth in a series presenting the music of the eminent American composer Augusta Read Thomas. CD now available for order!
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  • [New Release] EOS: Goddess of the Dawn (A Ballet for Orchestra), in honor of Pierre Boulez, commissioned and premiered by the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer conducting. CD now available for preorder! Official Release on April 1, 2016.
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  • [Boston Symphony Orchestra interview] An interview with composer Augusta Read Thomas. Her new ballet, "Helios Choros II (Sun God Dancers)" is performed at Symphony Hall, October 15-20, led by Former BSO assistant conductor Ludovic Morlot.
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  • [American Music Center's NewMusicBox interview] Augusta Read Thomas graces the cover of American Music Center's web magazine, NewMusicBox. The article, entitled "Perfect Clarity," features an interview with the composer and Molly Sheridan at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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  • September 8, 2016: Midwest Premiere of RHEA ENCHANTED for solo violin by Erik Rohde at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.
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  • September 16, 2016: World Premiere of AVIAN CAPRICCIO for brass quintet performed by the Axiom Brass Quintet in Nichols Concert Hall
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  • September 26, 2016: World Premiere of AVIAN ESCAPADES for Woodwind Quintet performed by Blair Woodwind Quintet at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
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  • OCTOBER 8, 2016: Chicago Premiere of SELENE for string quartet and percussion quartet performed by Spektral Quartet and Third Coast Percussion in Harris Theater.
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  • Augusta Read Thomas won the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's Composer Award for 2015-16.
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  • March 3,4,5, 2017: Cleveland Orchestra to perform VIOLIN CONCERTO #3, March 3,4,5, 2017, William Preucil, solo violin, Brett Mitchell, conducting.
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  • April 29, 2017: World Premiere NEW WORK for string quartet commissioned by the Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel; RESOUNDING EARTH for percussion quartet featuring bells from all over the world; and SELENE for percussion quartet and string quartet.
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