Augusta Read Thomas - Composer
  • 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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  • September 20, 2018: UK Premiere of BRIO for orchestra BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard in Glasgow, Scotland
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  • November 9, 2018: International Sejong Soloists in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall perform the World Premiere of PLEA FOR PEACE in the version for flute and string orchestra.
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  • October 26, 2019: World Premiere of SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN 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.
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  • February 24, 2019: U.K. Premiere of CHI for string quartet performed by the Ligeti Quartet at the London Festival of American Music.
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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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  • 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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  • 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, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni.
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  • MARCH 22, 2020: World Premiere of NEW WORK 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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  • Augusta Read Thomas has been commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco opera for an opera premiere in 2019.
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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
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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 spearheaded EAR TAXI FESTIVAL, October 5-10, 2016, a 6-day-long new music festival celebrating the vibrant and booming classical contemporary music scene in Chicago. 350 musicians, 53 world premieres, 25 ensembles, 88 composers, 5 installations! The festival is made possible, in part, by major support from the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.
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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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  • [New Release] EOS: Goddess of the Dawn (A Ballet for Orchestra), in honor of Pierre Boulez, commissioned and premiered by the Utah Symphony, Thierry Fischer conducting. CD now available for preorder! Official Release on April 1, 2016.
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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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  • November 3, 2017: Nimbus Records releases their seventh CD recording of Thomas’ works which includes seven world premiere recordings of recent compositions.
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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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