"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 6, 2019
World Premiere of CLARA’S ASCENT for string quartet featuring cello performed by the Eurus String Quartet and presented by the Chelsea Music Festival in Steinway Hall in New York City, Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, Artistic Directors.

June 12, 2019
World Premiere of CLARA’S ASCENT for solo cello and string orchestra performed by the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, Artistic Directors, at The General Theological Seminary, Ken-David Masur, conducting.

June 28, 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, 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.

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.

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.

 

Upcoming Events

May 17-19, 2019
!HOPE for choir performed, in the men’s chorus version, by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Composer and Conductor and Founding Director, in Seattle WA.

May 19, 2019 (6:30 PM)
BRIO for orchestra performed by the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Allen Tinkham Conducting, at the Chicago Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall.

June 6, 2019
World Premiere of CLARA’S ASCENT for string quartet featuring cello performed by the Eurus String Quartet and presented by the Chelsea Music Festival in Steinway Hall in New York City, Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, Artistic Directors.

June 12, 2019
World Premiere of CLARA’S ASCENT for solo cello and string orchestra performed by the Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, Artistic Directors, at The General Theological Seminary, Ken-David Masur, conducting.

June 28, 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, conducted by Ken-David Masur