"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

September 2, 2017
Bargemusic will present the New York Premiere of TOFT SERENADE on its Here and Now Series.

OCTOBER 10, 2017
Chicago Premiere of QI for 4 percussionists playing two marimbas by Third Coast Percussion at the Logan Center for the Arts.

October 19-22, 2017
Guest Artist at Wellesley College. World Premiere of !HOPE, based on a poem by E. E. Cummings, for female student choir (SSSAA) performed by the Wellesley College Choir; and performances of HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet will be performed by the Parker Quartet.

Third Coast Percussion

November 12, 2017 (3 PM)
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.

December 1, 2017
World Premiere of PLEA FOR PEACE a vocalise for soprano and string quartet. Commissioned by The University of Chicago for the Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Chicago Pile-1. Performed by Jessica Aszodi, Soprano, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians: Yuan-Qing Yu and Ni Mei, Violins; WeiJing Wang, Viola; and Ken Olsen, Cello in the Logan Center for the Arts

December 10 and 11, 2017
World Premiere of TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIANO for solo piano commissioned by the Open Source Music Festival for pianist Joel Fan. The Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street New York N.Y. 10002

May 6, 2018
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.


Upcoming Events

August 19, 2017
The Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Music Director Victor Yampolsky, conducting, presents AUREOLE for orchestra.

August 22, 2017
CHI for string quartet commissioned by the Grammy-finalist Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel will be performed by Spektral Quartet on the RUSH HOUR CONCRT SERIES, CHICAGO, IL.

August 22 - 24, 2017
Distinguished Guest Composer at the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet and SUN THREADS (movement #4) for string quartet will be performed.

August 24, 25, 26, 2017
2017 Distinguished Composer in Residence at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Selected works will be performed.

September 2, 2017
Bargemusic will present the New York Premiere of TOFT SERENADE on its Here and Now Series.

September 18, 2017
Guest composer at The Juilliard School. Presenting recent compositions in the Composition Forum.


April 14-19, 2018
Residency week #2: as Composer in Residence for the 2017-2018 season, with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performances of two orchestral works, the Residency will include: free Symphony Connect chamber concerts of additional works by Thomas and others selected by the composer; featuring small ensembles of ESA musicians, performances will take place in nontraditional music venues, including human service agencies, across greater Eugene and are designed to broaden community access to high-quality music experiences;  “Inside the Composer’s Studio” discussion with a chamber performance of Thomas works at Eugene Public Library; free pre-concert discussions with the composer for ESA patrons and the general public, held prior to each subscription performance (Hult Center); regional broadcasts of both subscription concerts on classical music radio KWAX; a collaboration with two area high school bands to rehearse and perform Thomas’ “Magneticfireflies; lectures and master classes by the composer and guest artists for undergraduate/graduate music students.