"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

October 26, 2019 [BUY TICKETS]
World Premiere of SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera. 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.

"The search for that mystical next place is an endless cycle. “The Auditions” shows one “round” of striving and ascent but the ballet reminds us that cycles of yearning and of moving onward are eternally spiraling." — Augusta Read Thomas

World Premiere of THE AUDITIONS, 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, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni.

March 22, 2020
World Premiere of NEW WORK 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.”

APRIL 26, 2020
World Premiere of NEW WORK for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet 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.

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


Upcoming Events

AUGUST 26, 2019 (12:15 PM)
Musician’s Club of Women presents their “Award Winners in Concert” on which Kateri Gormley sings TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for soprano and piano, with pianist Karina Kontorovich, at Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall.

AUGUST 26, 2019
World Premiere Recording of the chamber orchestra version of PLEA FOR PEACE for flute, oboe, trumpet and string orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conducting The All-Star Orchestra in New York City.

TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIANO is a mandatory piece for finalists in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition. September 2019 in Bolzano

SEPTEMBER, 5, 2019
TWILIGHT BUTTERFLY for counter tenor and piano and AMONG DAWN FLOWERS for counter tenor and piano will be performed by Anthony Roth Costanzo. YOUR KISS for tenor and piano will be performed by Nicholas Phan with pianist Adam Nielsen. Presented by Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, Nicholas Phan, Tenor and Artistic Director.

SEPTEMBER 12-15, 2019 (15th at 2:30 PM)
AUREOLE for orchestra, Fabio Luisi conducting Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, Texas.