"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

NOVEMBER 18, 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

December 1, 2017 (4 PM)
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 Mandel Hall, Chicago, IL

MARCH 24 & 25, 2018
World Premiere of BRIO for orchestra, Joseph Giunta conducting the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa at the Des Moines Civic Center

May 5, 2018
Chicago Premiere of BRIO for orchestra, Barbara Schubert conducting the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Wentz Concert Hall Naperville, Illinois.

May 6, 2019
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

NOVEMBER 18, 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

NOVEMBER 28, 2017
Christopher Sandberg performs PULSAR for solo violin in the Nathan Milstein hall at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

December 1, 2017 (4 PM)
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 Mandel Hall, Chicago, IL

DECEMBER 3, 2017
MURMURS IN THE MIST OF MEMORY for string orchestra will be performed by the Sejong Soloists at the Annual Gala Concert on December 3 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

December 5, 2017 (7PM)
SCAT for ensemble performed by Picosa at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Illinois.

DECEMBER 8 & 9, 2017
2017 Distinguished Composer in Residence at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. SELENE (Moon Chariot Rituals) for percussion quartet and string quartet will be performed

December 10 & 11, 2017
WORLD PREMEIRE 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

December 11, 2017
SELENE for string quartet and percussion quartet performed by the New York University percussion ensemble, Jonathan Haas, conducting.

 

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.