"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

Upcoming Premieres

April 29, 2017
PORTRAIT CONCERT: Presented by Rockefeller Chapel featuring Grammy-finalist Spektral Quartet and Grammy-winner Third Coast PercussionWorld Premiere of CHI for string quartet commissioned by the Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel; RESOUNDING EARTH for percussion quartet featuring bells from all over the world; and SELENE for percussion quartet and string quartet.  Special thanks to Elizabeth J.L. Davenport, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel. For more info and tickets click here.

June 10 & 11, 2017
World Premiere of a NEW WORK for 8 female voices a cappella presented on Lorelei Ensemble’s Boston Series concert titled Witness. Commissioned by Joy and Chet Douglass. Marsh Chapel, Boston University

October 19-22, 2017
Guest Artist at Wellesley College. WORLD PREMIERE of a NEW WORK for female student choir (SSAA); and HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet will be performed by the Parker Quartet.

Third Coast Percussion

November 12, 2017
World Premiere of a NEW WORK for percussion quartet and orchestra will be presented by The Chicago Philharmonic Society and Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion conducted by Scott Speck in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Chicago.

December 10 and 11, 2017
World Premiere of NEW WORK 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


Upcoming Events

February 24, 2017
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion in Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. This composition is scored for approximately 300 pieces of metal, featuring 120 bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods.

February 28, 2017
MAGNETICFIREFLIES for band performed with Dr. Angela Holt, conducting the College-Conservatory of Music Band at the University of Cincinnati.

March 2,3,4, 2017
Cleveland Orchestra to perform VIOLIN CONCERTO #3, William Preucil, solo violin, Brett Mitchell, conducting.

March 4, 2017
CAPRICCI - "HUMMINGBIRD ROMANCE" for Flute and Clarinet performed by The newEar contemporary chamber ensemble in Kansas City, MO

March 8-10, 2017
Augusta is guest composer at the University of Northern Colorado. Selected compositions will be performed including VIOLIN CONCERTO #2, CARILLON SKY for violin and chamber orchestra; OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra; SELENE for percussion quartet and string quartet; and CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano; INCANTATION for violin; and TRACES for solo piano


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.