"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

Events

Upcoming Premieres

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

September 2, 2017
Bargemusic will present the New York Premiere of TOFT SERENADE on its Here and Now Series.

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 (3 PM)
World Premiere of SONOROUS EARTH for percussion quartet and orchestra will be presented by The Chicago Philharmonic Society and Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion conducted by Scott Speck in Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago. Featuring 300 bells from all over the world, SONOROUS EARTH can be thought of as a united nations of resonances. The project is conceived as a cultural statement celebrating interdependence and commonality across all cultures.

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

May 6, 2018
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

May 20, 2017
RAINBOW BRIDGE TO PARADISE for solo cello performed by Brandon Wang as presented by the Cleveland Cello Society, Ida Mercer, Director of Programs.

May 25, 2017
CAPRICCI will be performed by Riot Ensemble at the Musica en Segura Festival in Spain. The piece will be played three times: twice at educational concerts during the day, and again at a "midnight concert" featuring music by Jose Manuel Serrano, Jonathan Harvey and George Crumb’s seminal Vox Balaenae.

May 26, 2017
SELENE for wind ensemble (originally for percussion quartet and string quartet) this is the world premiere of the arrangement for Wind Ensemble made by Cliff Colnot. DePaul University Wind Ensemble, Cliff Colnot, conducting. Chicago, IL

May 26, 2017
SELENE for wind ensemble (originally for percussion quartet and string quartet) this is the world premiere of the arrangement for Wind Ensemble made by Cliff Colnot. DePaul University Wind Ensemble, Cliff Colnot, conducting. Chicago, IL

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

June 11, 2017 (4 PM)
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

June 22, 2017
CHI for string quartet commissioned by the Grammy-finalist Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel will be performed by Spektral Quartet at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Walla Walla, WA.

June 23, 2017
PIANO ETUDES, TRACES, and LOVE TWITTERS for solo piano quartet by Matthew McCright at PianoForte Foundation Studios, 1335 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

 

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.