"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

Third Coast Percussion

April 29, 2017
PORTRAIT CONCERT: Presented by Rockefeller Chapel featuring Grammy-finalist Spektral Quartet and Grammy-winner Third Coast PercussionWorld Premiere of CHI for string quartet commissioned by the Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel; RESOUNDING EARTH for percussion quartet featuring bells from all over the world; and SELENE - MOON CHARIOT RITUALS for percussion quartet and string quartet.  Special thanks to Elizabeth J.L. Davenport, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel. For more info and tickets click here.

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

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.

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

April 24, 2017
Augusta is guest composer along with Matthew Meselson at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. HELIX SPIRALS for string quartet will be performed by the Parker Quartet. The composition was commissioned by Jeanne Guillemin to celebrate the Meselson-Stahl DNA replication discovery.

April 27, 2017
PILGRIM SOUL for solo bassoon and two cellos performed by Matthew Wildman-Bassoon; Lydia de Leeuw- Cello and Jessica Hu- Cellos in Anne Arbor.

April 28, 2017
KLEE MUSINGS for piano trio will be performed by The Lysander Piano Trio as presented by Chamber Music Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

April 29, 2017
RESOUNDING EARTH Complete Work of 40 minutes duration, by Third Coast Percussion in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at the University of Chicago. This composition is scored for approximately 300 pieces of metal, featuring 120 bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods.

April 29, 2017
PORTRAIT CONCERT: Presented by Rockefeller Chapel featuring Grammy-finalist Spektral Quartet and Grammy-winner Third Coast PercussionWorld Premiere of CHI for string quartet commissioned by the Spektral Quartet with generous support of Rockefeller Chapel; RESOUNDING EARTH for percussion quartet featuring bells from all over the world; and SELENE for percussion quartet and string quartet.  Special thanks to Elizabeth J.L. Davenport, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel. For more info and tickets click here.

April 30, 2017
LOVE SONGS, for choir performed by the multiple Grammy award-winning ensemble Chanticleer at 3 p.m. in Brooklyn NY.

May 2, 2017
RHEA ENCHANTED for solo violin will be performed by Rebecca Fischer in Zimbabwe at the HIFA Festival

 

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.