Augusta Read Thomas - Composer
"The reason I compose music is to express gratitude."

Augusta Read Thomas

 
  • MAY 19-22, 2022: BRIO for orchestra performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Karina Canellakis conducting.
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  • AUTUMN 2021: World Premiere of STAR BOX for percussion quartet, Commissioned by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra for a world premiere by Sandbox Percussion. In Memoriam Jacob Druckman.
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  • AUTUMN 2021: World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra, in memoriam Oliver Knussen, commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Music Director Krzysztof Urbanski.
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  • AUTUMN 2021: World Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 player or chamber orchestra. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music
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  • AUGUST 2021: World Premiere of FILIGREE OF THE SUN for string quartet commissioned by The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marc Neikrug, Artistic Director and premiered by FLUX Quartet
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  • May 2, 2021: World Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at the Perelman Theatre in the Kimmel Center during the celebrations of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th anniversary.
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  • April 17, 2021: GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS (2020) For Treble Chorus and Orchestra. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, conducting, Charles Sundquist, Chorus, Director, 17 April, 2021.
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  • TheArtsDesk: Classical CDs Weekly: US Election Special, (2020)
    "This is witty, inventive and colourful music. It’s fabulous, and unlike anything I’ve heard all year."
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  • MARCH 22, 2021: World Premiere of FAR PAST WAR 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.
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  • NOVEMBER 8, 2020: THE AUDITIONS broadcast on WNET’s HD ALL ARTS television series. The ballet was commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director.
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  • OCTOBER 16, 2020: World Premiere of CON MOTO for percussion quartet by Third Coast Percussion during Featured Composer residency at the 41st Annual New Music Festival, Bowling Green University.
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  • FEBRUARY 8, 2020: SELENE (Moon Chariot Rituals) for percussion quartet and string quartet is performed on the Radio France Présences Festival in the Auditorium of Radio France, by Quatuor Diotima, Paris Percussion Group with Julien Leroy conducting.
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  • June 26-30, 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.
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  • March 19-23, 2019: Augusta is the 2018-2019 Composer-in-Residence at The Curtis Institute of Music. Selected works will be performed.
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  • Strings Magazine: Feature Article: "Enter The Limitless Sound World of Augusta Read Thomas”
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  • September 20, 2018: UK Premiere of BRIO for orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard in Glasgow, Scotland
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  • SEPTEMBER 20, 2018: UK Premiere of BRIO for orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard
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  • April 30, 2018: Big Brains Podcast: Augusta Read Thomas
    Big Brains is a new University of Chicago podcast in which some of the pioneering minds from across UChicago discuss their groundbreaking ideas and the stories behind them.
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  • [Chicago Tribune] Mega-festival of new music celebrates living Chicago composers, performers
    "Only Chicago has Augusta Read Thomas”
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  • [Chicago Tribune] Augusta Read Thomas, contemporary classical catalyst: "A passionate sense of purpose informs everything the Grammy-winning Chicago composer Augusta Read Thomas does in music. It is central to her organizing, directing and co-curating the Ear Taxi Festival, by far the largest festival of contemporary classical music in the city's history."
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  • Augusta Read Thomas interviews Philip Glass
    Composers Philip Glass and Augusta Read Thomas Discuss Artistic Collaboration
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  • H.S.H. the Prince Albert II honors Augusta with the Cultural Medal of Monaco. The Sovereign Prince of Monaco awarded Augusta CHEVALIER of the Order of Cultural Merit. The insignia of this distinction was given by S.A.R. Princess of Hanover at the Prince's Palace on 18 November 2015.
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  • 'Of Being is a Bird' CD awarded BBC Music Magazine 'Chamber Choice' In the July issue of BBC Music Magazine, it received the 'Chamber Choice' award with Anthony Burton awarding the recording five stars...
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  • [Boston Symphony Orchestra interview] An interview with composer Augusta Read Thomas. Her new ballet, "Helios Choros II (Sun God Dancers)" is performed at Symphony Hall, October 15-20, led by Former BSO assistant conductor Ludovic Morlot.
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  • [American Music Center's NewMusicBox interview] Augusta Read Thomas graces the cover of American Music Center's web magazine, NewMusicBox. The article, entitled "Perfect Clarity," features an interview with the composer and Molly Sheridan at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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  • March 3,4,5, 2017: Cleveland Orchestra to perform VIOLIN CONCERTO #3, March 3,4,5, 2017, William Preucil, solo violin, Brett Mitchell, conducting.
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