"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

MARCH 20-24, 2019
World Premiere of RIPPLE EFFECTS for carillon in celebration of Elizabeth J.L.Davenport’s 10 years as Dean of the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago in a new version for two players. Premiered by Joey Brink and Michael Solotke at the Bok Chapel at the Florida at the International Carillon Festival.

April 18, 2019
Boston Premiere of TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIANO performed by pianist Joel Fan at MIT Sounding, which is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

May 19, 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.

June 26-30, 2019
World Premiere of NEW WORK commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director) to celebrate the opening of it’s Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning in late June 2019. Instrumentation is string quartet and percussion quartet. The work will be premiered by a mix of musicians from the BSO and the Tanglewood Fellows. [Exact date of performance is in this timeframe but is still pending.]

October 26, 2019
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.

NOVEMBER 14-17, 2019
World Premiere of 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.

 

Upcoming Events

MARCH 19-23, 2019
Augusta is the 2018-2019 Composer-in-Residence at The Curtis Institute of Music. Selected works will be performed including SELENE (Moon Chariot Rituals) for percussion quartet and string quartet, CAPRICCI (Hummingbird Romance) for flute and clarinet, KLEE MUSINGS for piano trio, TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIANO, DOUBLE HELIX for two violins, SCAT for ensemble, HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet, and PLEA FOR PEACE for soprano and string quartet. Earlier in the season, the orchestra played BRIO for orchestra.

MARCH 20-24, 2019
World Premiere of RIPPLE EFFECTS for carillon in celebration of Elizabeth J.L.Davenport’s 10 years as Dean of the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago in a new version for two players. Premiered by Joey Brink and Michael Solotke at the Bok Chapel at the Florida at the International Carillon Festival.

MARCH 22, 2019
Guest composer at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

MARCH 24, 2019
ANGEL TEARS AND EARTH PRAYERS (for organ and oboe) performed by Dr. Ji Hyun Woo, Organ and Dr. Sarah Hamilton, Oboe, on their organ and oboe recital at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia, NY.

MARCH 28-31, 2019
EOS: Goddess of the Dawn for orchestra performed by the Kansas City Symphony, Ryan McAdams, conducting, Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center, Kansas City