Selected Events

2020

2019/2020 SEASON
SELENE (Moon Chariot Rituals) for percussion quartet and string quartet and OF BEING IS A BIRD (Emily Dickinson Settings) for soprano and chamber orchestra performed at the Southbank Centre in London during the 19/20 season, as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Music of Today' series which Unsuk Chin is curating.

January 11, 2020
MAGNETICFIREFLIES for band performed with Dr. Jack Delaney, conducting Wando Band, Mount Pleasant, SC.

January 11, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion in Hong Kong at Toolbox International Creative Academy Festival (TICA)

January 13, 2020
PLEA FOR PEACE for flute, oboe, trumpet and string orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conducting the Palm Beach Symphony, Florida.

January 15, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion in the Whitaker Center Sunoco Performance Theater in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on the Market Square Concert Series.

January 27, 2020
RUMI SETTINGS for violin and cello performed by the Zafa Collective members Hannah Christiansen and Audrey Q. Snyder at Elastic Arts in Chicago, IL.

January 30, 2020
AVIAN CAPRICCIO for brass quintet performed by the Axiom Brass Quintet at Adelphi University, 1 South Avenue Garden City, NY

February, 2020
PLEA FOR PEACE for trumpet and strings performed by Amanda Ross, Trumpet, University of Michigan.

February 4, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. First Presbyterian Church, Titusville, PA.

February 5, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Penn State Behrend’s McGarvey Commons.

February 7, 2020
MAGNETICFIREFLIES for band performed with Dr. Jack Delaney, conducting Southeastern Louisiana University Band, Hammond LA.

Quatuor Diotima

February 8, 2020
SELENE (Moon Chariot Rituals) for percussion quartet and string quartet is performed on the Radio France Présences Festival in the Auditorium of Radio France, by Quatuor Diotima, Paris Percussion Group with Julien Leroy conducting.

February 9, 2020
DANCING HELIX RITUALS for violin, clarinet and piano performed by Adam Sherkin and the Piano Lunaire on their concert Snow Moon “Phases” with the Happenstancers. Bunker Lane Press, 1001 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada.

February 10, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. The Peace Center, Greenville, SC

February 13, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC.

February 28, 2020
GALAXY DANCES for orchestra and BASSOON CONCERTINO for bassoon and orchestra performed by The City College of New York Orchestra, Mark E Powell, conductor and Frank Morelli, bassoon, performed in New York City at the Aaron Copland School of Music.

MARCH 3, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion at the Royal Room at the Monarch in Ogden, Utah.

MARCH 6, 2020
OF BEING IS A BIRD (Emily Dickinson Settings) for soprano and ensemble performed by Charlotte Newstead, soprano, the Bristol University New Music Ensemble, Arthur Keegan-Bole, conductor, Bristol, United Kingdom.

MARCH 7, 2020
RADIANT CIRCLES for orchestra performed by Symphony Hall, Springfield, MA Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Rhodes, conductor.

MARCH 13, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion at the Al Larson Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg, IL.

MARCH 15, 2020
SCAT for ensemble performed by Ensemble Pi and Lucy Shelton at the Resnick/Passlof Foundation in New York City.

MARCH 21, 2020
Composition Masterclass with Augusta Read Thomas, presented by the Boulanger Initiative & the Cathedral Choral Society. LOCATION: Live! At 10th & G, Washington D.C.

Washington National Cathedral

March 22, 2020 [BUY TICKETS]
World Premiere of FAR PAST WAR for large chorus and orchestra commissioned and premiered by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C., conducted by Steven Fox in the Washington National Cathedral. Made possible by the William Remsen Strickland Endowment Fund “to remember the concerts of the Cathedral Choral Society during World War II.”

March 22, 2020
RUMI SETTINGS for violin and cello performed and live-streamed by Emelyn Bashour, violin and Josh DeVries, cello, Stamps Auditorium, University of Michigan.

March 25, 2020
SONG WITHOUT WORDSfor oboe and piano performed by Jared Hauser, oboe, and Caleb Harris, piano in the Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. This is the world premiere of the oboe version.

March 27, 2020
AVIAN CAPRICCIO for brass quintet performed by the Axiom Brass Quintet at the Festival de Musica de Camara de San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

March 28, 2020
BRIO for orchestra performed at the Yale University Symphony Orchestra , William Boughton, conducting, New Haven, CT.

April 4, 2020
CAPRICCI for flute and clarinet performed by Lucy Abrams at the Winter Gardens in Helsinki, Finland.

April 5, 2020
VENUS ENCHANTED for solo violin performed by Napa Valley’s New Music Decanted on their weekly Sunday Soiree Series.
Watch Live on Facebook

April 10, 2020
INCANTATION for solo violin performed by Ariana Kim on these two platforms:
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youtube.com

April 15, 2020 6 - 8 PM
Driehaus Museum presents: Inside the Mind of the Contemporary Composter Augusta Read Thomas will lead the audience through the creative process with composer Will Meyers and members of the Grossman Ensemble. A reception following the program will grant you the opportunity to meet the artists and discuss the process, composition, and production of contemporary classical music

April 18, 2020
EOS for orchestra, Victor Yampolsky conducting, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL, United States

April 22, 2020
The Martha Graham Dance Company's Opening Night Gala benefit performance at New York City Center and party at The Metropolitan Club, includes the duet from THE AUDITIONS, a ballet commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director; Troy Schumacher Choreographer.

MAY 1 & 2, 2020
BRIO for orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero conducting Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

MAY 3 & 4, 2020
SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Libretto by Leslie Dunton-Downer, the opera is commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco opera, that includes: • Lyric Opera Of Kansas City • Minnesota Opera • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis •San Francisco Opera • Santa Fe Opera • Sarasota Opera • Seattle Opera. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation and other generous donors.

MAY 6, 2020
Special guest and interviewee at the WTTW/WFMT Trailblazers! Gala. WFMT Radio 5400 N St Louis Ave., Chicago IL 60625

MAY 7 & 8, 2020 (3 performances)
SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Libretto by Leslie Dunton-Downer, the opera is commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco opera, that includes: • Lyric Opera Of Kansas City • Minnesota Opera • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis •San Francisco Opera • Santa Fe Opera • Sarasota Opera • Seattle Opera. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation and other generous donors.

MAY 12 & 13, 2020 (3 performances)
SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera at the Chamizal National Memorial Park Theatre in El Paso, Texas. Libretto by Leslie Dunton-Downer, the opera is commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco opera, that includes: • Lyric Opera Of Kansas City • Minnesota Opera • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis •San Francisco Opera • Santa Fe Opera • Sarasota Opera • Seattle Opera. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation and other generous donors.

May 22, 2020
World Premiere of FANFARE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY for orchestra. Premiered on YouTube, during a period of mandatory social distancing, on Memorial Day Weekend, by the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer, conducting.

June 3, 2020
SONG WITHOUT WORDS for English Horn and piano performed by Jared Hauser, English Horn, at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD. This is the world premiere of the English Horn version.

June 19, 2020
RUMI SETTINGS for violin and cello performed by the Zafa Collective members Hannah Christiansen and Audrey Q. Snyder at New Music Gathering in Portland, OR.

June 24, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion, presented by the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.

JULY, 2020
RUMI SETTINGS for violin and cello performed by the Zafa Collective members Hannah Christiansen and Audrey Q. Snyder at Omaha Under the Radar.

JULY 2, 2020 7 PM
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion live Streamed from Chicago.

JULY 5, 2020
World Premiere of BEADS OF SUNLIGHT for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello commissioned by Music Teachers' Association of California; performed by students at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport, 5711 Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California.

AUGUST, 2020
Jury member Ellis-Beauregard Foundation and Bangor Symphony Orchestra Open Applications for 2nd Annual Composer Award. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation provides resources for artists, engages with community and promotes the legacy of its founding artists, Joan Beauregard and John David Ellis. The vision of the Foundation is to encourage, expand and sustain the courageous and imaginative dialogue that is fundamental to the arts. The Ellis-Beauregard Foundation celebrates the value of art to transcend cultures and engage with diverse communities. Through its programs, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation supports the exploration of the common ground that art occupies, the way it engages people, and its ability to reveal our shared human experience. The other two judges are Anthony Davis and Paul Haas.

AUGUST 3-7, 2020
Guest Composer The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director

AUGUST 6, 2020, 1 PM EST
Tanglewood Learning Institute ShopTalks hosted by Sue Elliot who is interviewing Gabriela Lena Frank and Augusta Read Thomas

AUGUST 7, 2020
World Premiere of NEW WORK for string quartet commissioned by The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director and premiered by FLUX Quartet

AUGUST 30, 2020 - open air concert in Evanston, IL
SILENT MOON for violin and cello performed by and Rannveig Marta Sarc, violin and Alexander Hersh, cello on the Evanston Chamber Music Festival.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 - LIVE STREAM CONCERT
SILENT MOON for violin and cello performed by NEXUS Chamber Music by Rannveig Marta Sarc, violin, and Alex Hersh, cello.

SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2020
FANFARE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY for full orchestra, which was originally premiered on YouTube, during a period of mandatory social distancing, on Memorial Day Weekend, by the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer, conducting. This video was shown as the closing work on three live concerts presented by the full string section plus soloists of the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer, conducting live in Abravanel Concert Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SEPTEMBER 18-27, 2020; 55 Television Broadcasts
Over 225 Public Television stations across the country are planning to broadcast All-Star Orchestra Season Five, beginning this month. The All-Star Orchestra is one of the most popular cultural series on Public TV - since 2013! Especially during this time of severely limited public events, the glorious music of the All-Stars is bringing hope and joy to millions of home-bound PBS viewers, as well as free music education to students online around the world. PLEA FOR PEACE for flute, oboe, trumpet and string orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conducting The All-Star Orchestra in New York City will be broadcast 55 times as detailed in the chart below.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020
OF BEING IS A BIRD (EMILY DICKINSON SETTINGS) for soprano and ensemble performed by soprano Amy Owens and the Grossman Ensemble. Presented by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition in the Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago. 8 PM.

OCTOBER 2 & 3, 2020
World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski.

OCTOBER 4, 2020
SUN DANCE for orchestra performed by The Warren Philharmonic, Susan Davenny Wyner, Music Director and Conductor.

OCTOBER 4, 2020, 4 PM
VIRTUAL EVENT: Discussion by Scott Speck and Augusta Read Thomas and showing a video of the WORLD PREMIERE of SONOROUS EARTH for percussion quartet and orchestra will be presented by The Chicago Philharmonic Society and Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion conducted by Scott Speck in Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago. Featuring 300 bells from all over the world, SONOROUS EARTH can be thought of as a united nations of resonances. The project is conceived as a cultural statement celebrating interdependence and commonality across all cultures.

OCTOBER 14-18, 2020
Featured Composer at the 41st Annual New Music Festival, Bowling Green University. Several compositions (orchestra, choir, ensembles, and soloist) will be performed by various student and professional ensembles, including Con Moto for percussion quartet (2018, world premiere); Resounding Earth for percussion quartet (2012) movement #2 "Prayer – Star Dust Orbits" (homage to Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez); Six Piano Etudes (1996-2005); Love Twitters for solo piano (2006); Rainbow Bridge to Paradise for solo cello (2016), and Pulsar for solo violin (2003)

OCTOBER 16, 2020
World Premiere of CON MOTO for percussion quartet by Third Coast Percussion during Featured Composer residency at the 41st Annual New Music Festival, Bowling Green University.

OCTOBER 22, 2020
SONG WITHOUT WORDS for oboe and piano performed by Jared Hauser, oboe, and Caleb Harris, piano in the Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University. This is the world premiere of the oboe version.

OCTOBER 22-24, 2020
EOS for orchestra, Victor Yampolsky conducting Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN

NOVEMBER 2020
HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet performed by the Jasper String Quartet at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

NOVEMBER 1, 2020
MAGIC BOX for string quartet and percussion quartet performed by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra with dancers from Ballet Arkansas, Geoffrey Robson, conducting. MAGIC BOX was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director) to celebrate the opening of its Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning in late June 2019

NOVEMBER 8, 2020, 8 PM EST
THE AUDITIONS broadcast on WNET’s HD ALL ARTS television series. The ballet was commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director. Performed by Martha Graham Dance Company, Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Troy Schumacher Choreographer, and the ICE Ensemble, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni.

NOVEMBER 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 14, 2020, 4 PM and 8 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 15, 2020, 4 PM
SUN THREADS for string quartet, Movement #2 Invocations will be performed before a limited, socially distanced audience by the string quartet of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presented at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with the Tommy Banks Institute for Musical Creativity.

NOVEMBER 17, 2020, 3 PM
EAGLE AT SUNRISE for string quartet performed by the Rockefeller String Quartet of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Trisha McGovern Freeney, violin; Linnaea Brophy, violin; Katherine Reynolds, viola; and Jacob Wunsch, cello.

NOVEMBER 23, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Presented by Sanat Yapim Productions in Istanbul, Turkey

DECEMBER 5, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Presented by Eesti Kontserts in Tallinn, Estonia

DECEMBER 6, 2020
MAGIC BOX for string quartet and percussion quartet will be performed by the Tanglewood Music Center. [This was originally commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director)] will be performed by the Tanglewood Music Center at the Gardner Museum, Boston.

DECEMBER 8, 2020
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Presented by Klaipeda Concert Hall in Klaipeda, Lithuania

DECEMBER 12, 2020
MAGIC BOX for string quartet and percussion quartet will be performed by the Tanglewood Music Center. [This was originally commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director)] will be performed at the Tanglewood Immersion Day by the BBC at the Barbican in London.