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Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

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, 7:30 PM London; 1:30 PM CHICAGO
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. To hear the broadcast, you can find the full programme details here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/events/by/date/2021 and an iPlayer link to this world premiere will last for 30 days.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2021
World Premiere of UPON WINGS OF WORDS, Emily Dickinson Settings for soprano and string quartet commissioned by Nexus Chamber Music and premiered at the Ravinia Festival by Nexus. NEXUS Co-artistic Directors, violinist Brian Hong and cellist Alexander Hersh, will be joined by soprano Kristina Bachrach, violinist Ben Baker, violist Jordan Bak, and flautist Stefan Ragnar Höskuldsson. Live socially-distanced concert that is also being broadcast live on WFMT Radio.

OCTOBER 22, 2021
World Premiere of CRACKLE for wind ensemble performed by the University of Michigan Wind Ensemble, conducted by Michael Haithcock, in a live, with-audience performance. [CRACKLE was co-commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles through the College Band Directors National Association. Special thanks to Dr. Douglas Stotter who was instrumental in organizing the whole project. The co-commissioners include: University of Michigan, University of Texas at Austin, Eastman School of Music, Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Arlington, Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, University of Illinois, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Missouri State University and the University of Louisville.]

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

AUGUST 2, 2021
Member of the Jury and award winners concert of the Twenty-seventh Edition of the “2 AGOSTO” INTERNATIONAL COMPOSING COMPETITION which is promoted by the “Teatro Comunale di Bologna”, by the “Associazione tra i Familiari Vittime Della Strage Alla Stazione di Bologna del 2 Agosto 1980”, and by the “Comitato di Solidarietà alle Vittime delle Stragi”.

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, 7:30 PM London; 1:30 PM CHICAGO
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. To hear the broadcast, you can find the full programme details here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007v097/episodes/player and an iPlayer link to this world premiere will last for 30 days.

AUGUST 24, 2021, 8 PM
PLEA FOR PEACE for oboe and string quartet performed by 5th Wave Collective, with Ashley Ertz, Oboe soloist, at the WFMT Radio Ear Taxi Festival-Preview-Concert which will be recorded and broadcast on WFMT Radio - 98.7FM.