"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

June 28, 2019
World Premiere of MAGIC BOX 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, conducted by Ken-David Masur

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.

"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

NOVEMBER 14-17, 2019
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

June 26-29, 2019
Guest Composer at Tanglewood to celebrate the opening of Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning in late June 2019.

June 28, 2019
World Premiere of MAGIC BOX 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, conducted by Ken-David Masur

JULY 2019
Guest Composer with PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director and Martha Graham Dance Company, Janet Eiber, Artistic Director, collaborating with Troy Schumacher Choreographer, and the ICE Ensemble.

July 7, 2019 (4 PM)
BRIO for orchestra performed at the Aspen Music Festival by the Aspen Festival Orchestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein in Benedict Tent.

JULY 21, 2019
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. Performed by Joey Brink and Michael Solotke at the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago.