"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

JANUARY 28, 2018
Chicago Premiere of VENUS ENCHANTED for solo violin by Jennifer Koh on the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival, Pick Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL.

FEBRUARY 10, 2018
U.K. Premiere of RADIANT CIRCLES for orchestra performed University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra.

MARCH 24 & 25, 2018
World Premiere of BRIO for orchestra, Joseph Giunta conducting the Des Moines Symphony in Des Moines, Iowa at the Des Moines Civic Center

April 8, 2018
Boston Premiere of RADIANT CIRCLES for orchestra performed by the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Ken-David Masur, conducting.

April 29, 2018
World Premiere of ACROBATS for flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano premiered by Network for New Music on a concert to recognize Linda Reichert’s 33 years of leadership and vision as Artistic Director of Network for New Music. 1:30 PM at the Settlement Music School416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA

May 5, 2018
Chicago Premiere of BRIO for orchestra, Barbara Schubert conducting the DuPage Symphony Orchestra Wentz Concert Hall Naperville, Illinois.

May 25, 2018
World Premiere of RIPPLE EFFECTS for carillon in celebration of Elizabeth J.L.Davenport’s 10 years as Dean of the Chapel. Premiered by Joey Brink (and several assistant Carillonneurs) at Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago.

June 21, 2018
World Premiere of NEW WORK for soprano and piano premiered by Claire Booth, Soprano and Andrew Matthews-Owen, Piano, St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P

AUGUST 10, 2018
World Premiere of DAWN BIRDS for solo piccolo premiered by the winner of The National Flute Association’s 2018 Piccolo Artist Competition. The competition takes place at the annual convention of The National Flute Association in Orlando, Florida.

May 6, 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.

AUTUMN, 2019
World Premiere of NEW OPERA by Santa Fe Opera. 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.

 

Upcoming Events

JANUARY 24, 2018
KLEE MUSINGS for piano trio will be performed by Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Stephen Burns, Artistic Director.

JANUARY 27, 2018
PILGRIM SOUL for bassoon and two cellos performed by George Sakakeeny, professor of bassoon, on the Eastman School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY.

JANUARY 28, 2018
Chicago Premiere of VENUS ENCHANTED for solo violin by Jennifer Koh on the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival, Pick Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL.

FEBRUARY 9, 2018
CONTEMPO presents Monica Ellis as soloist in BASSOON CONCERTINO for solo bassoon and ensemble on a concert with with Imani Winds, Ensemble Dal Niente, Geri Allen, piano, and guests

FEBRUARY 10, 2018
U.K. Premiere of RADIANT CIRCLES for orchestra performed University of Bristol Symphony Orchestra.

FEBRUARY 20, 2018
D(I)AGON(ALS) for solo clarinet, EUTERPE’S CAPRICE for solo flute, and CAPRICCI for flute and clarinet performed by Picosa at PianoForte Chicago

MARCH 3, 2018
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion in Jemison Concert Hall, Birmingham, AL. This composition is scored for approximately 300 pieces of metal, featuring 120 bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods.

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.