"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

JULY 4, 2021
World Premiere of FUSION for solo piano commissioned and premiered by pianist Min Kwon as part of the America/Beautiful project.

AUGUST 4 & 6, 2021
World Premiere of FILIGREE OF THE SUN for string quartet commissioned by The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director and premiered by FLUX Quartet

AUGUST 8, 2021
World Premiere of DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and first performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ryan Bancroft on 8 August 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall as part of BBC Proms 2021. Special thanks to the Sounds of Science Commissioning Club, and its founders and donors, for contributing support to this project.

MARCH 2, 2022
World Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 player or chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music; premiered by Brad Lubman conducting the ESM Musica Nova, Rochester, NY

MARCH 12, 2022
WORLD PREMIERE of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, conducting, Charles Sundquist, Chorus, Director. This commission and associated activities are partially supported by a 2019 grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Humanities.

March 13, 2022
World Premiere of FAR PAST WAR for large chorus and orchestra, text by Cammy Thomas, 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.”

May 1, 2022
World Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at the Perelman Theatre in the Kimmel Center during the celebrations of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th anniversary. This was commissioned by the McCollin Fund and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, President, in celebration of the organization’s Bicentennial.

 

Upcoming Events

June 17 & 18, 2021
A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN for piano trio, presented by Trinity Laban’s New Lights Contemporary Piano Festival, performed by The Helix Trio, London, U.K. June 18th is a joint performance with a group of contemporary dancers.

June 20, 2021
THE REWAKING for Men’s Choir presented on WFMT RADIO by radio host Lisa Flynn as performed by Constellation Men's Ensemble

June 29, 2021, 10 AM - 12 PM EDT
A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN for piano trio performed by the Lincoln Trio, presented by the International Music Foundation, and broadcast live on WFMT Radio. St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron, Chicago in a live, socially distanced concert.

JULY 3, 2021
Preview Performance of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at MUSIKDORF ERNEN in Ernen, Switzerland. This was commissioned by the McCollin Fund and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, President, in celebration of the organization’s Bicentennial.

JULY 4, 2021
World Premiere of FUSION for solo piano commissioned and premiered by pianist Min Kwon as part of the America/Beautiful project.