"The open, collaborative nature of Chicago's new music community is home to an extraordinary crop of ensembles and a vibrant landscape of composers. The scene for new music in Chicago is exceptional and I dedicate myself to supporting and encouraging its sustainability and growth." — Augusta Read Thomas

Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

FEBRUARY 7, 2019
World Premiere of the soprano saxophone version of DANCING HELIX RITUALS performed by Erik Rohde, violin, Paul Bro soprano saxophone, Martha Krasnican, piano in Boyce Recital Hall, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana.

FEBRUARY 24, 2019
U.K. Premiere of CHI for string quartet performed by the Ligeti Quartet at the London Festival of American Music.

MARCH 20-24, 2019
World Premiere of RIPPLE EFFECTS for carillon in celebration of Elizabeth J.L.Davenport’s 10 years as Dean of the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago in a new version for two players. Premiered by Joey Brink and Michael Solotke at the Bok Chapel at the Florida at the International Carillon Festival.

May 19, 2019
World Premiere of NEW WORK for ensemble premiered by the Nova Ensemble, Thierry Fischer, conducting. Co-commissioned by the Nova Chamber Music Series with thanks to Artistic Director Jason Hardink and by Sounds of Science Commissioning Club with thanks to President Glenn D. Prestwich.

June 26-30, 2019
World Premiere of NEW WORK commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director) to celebrate the opening of it’s Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning in late June 2019. Instrumentation is string quartet and percussion quartet. The work will be premiered by a mix of musicians from the BSO and the Tanglewood Fellows. [Exact date of performance is in this timeframe but is still pending.]

October 25, 2019
World Premiere of SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera. 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.

NOVEMBER 14, 2019
World Premiere of a NEW BALLET commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director. Performed by Martha Graham Dance Company, Janet Eiber, Artistic Director, Troy Schumacher Choreographer, and the ICE Ensemble.

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY 11, 2019
World Premiere of wind ensemble version of PRISMS OF LIGHT, HEMKE CONCERTO originally composed for saxophone and orchestra. Taimur Sullivan, Saxophone and the Navy Band, conducted by Captain Kenneth Collins, commanding officer and music director, present this premiere at the International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University's Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax, Virginia.

JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019
Guest Composer at the Eastman School of Music.

FEBRUARY 1, 2019
BRIO for orchestra performed at the Eastman School of Music Philharmonia Orchestra, Brad Lubman, conducting.

FEBRUARY 7, 2019
World Premiere of the soprano saxophone version of DANCING HELIX RITUALS performed by Erik Rohde, violin, Paul Bro soprano saxophone, Martha Krasnican, piano in Boyce Recital Hall, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana.

FEBRUARY 11, 2019
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Old Dominion University’s Diehn Center for the Performing Arts