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BBC Music Magazine: “Thomas has an exceptional ear for timbral detail” 5-star review (2020) "The American composer Augusta Read Thomas has an intense voice, with an exceptional ear for timbral detail, clarity and the control of ebb and flow."
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Arcana.fm: "Feature Article", 2020 "I’m a poet and not a novelist. I write shorter pieces with every word in place, every dash, every thought, and every line break to use a poetry metaphor, every adjective too."
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The New Yorker: “Augusta Read Thomas’s brilliant composition for The Auditions...", 2020 "The musicians also draw out the details in Augusta Read Thomas’s brilliant composition for “The Auditions,” a genuinely intriguing world première by the choreographer Troy Schumacher, in which dancers ascend from sneaker-ballet idiosyncrasy into an aurora borealis of tulle."
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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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The Cross-Eyed Pianist: Feature article, 2020
"I believe music feeds our souls. Humanity has and will always work together to further music’s flexible, diverse capacity and innate power."
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ANEARFUL: "Grossman Ensemble - Fountain Of Time", 2020 "This powerhouse chamber ensemble, founded by composer and educator Augusta Read Thomas, has been growing in Chicago for the last few years, already amassing a portfolio of 36 commissioned works. Kudos to Thomas for kicking this thing off and to the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition and the University of Chicago for giving it a home. Thanks to this spectacular album, the Grossman Ensemble is no longer solely the property of the windy city."
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VAN: "Sandcastles On The Beach" - An Interview with Augusta Read Thomas, 2020 "A renowned composer in her own right, Thomas is remarkable for the proportion of her artistic life that she’s dedicated to supporting her fellow artists. One of her latest endeavors is the Grossman Ensemble, a high-caliber sinfonietta under the aegis of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition."
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Chicago Tribune: “Chicago’s classical scene has Grammy magic, mojo that comes from a group of creative women on the city’s new music scene”, 2020 "The unique story of women at the helm on Chicago’s art music scene is a lineage that begins with composer Augusta Read Thomas…"
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Global Music Awards The album, "Axiom Brass - First Impressions," was recently named a Silver Medal Winner for Outstanding Achievement by the Global Music Awards. Includes Augusta Read Thomas' Avian Capriccio.
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Santa Fe Reporter: “A New Kind of Aria”, 2019 "It was a night of the unexpected and perhaps the absurd, and all of it combined to create a night of opera as unconventional as it was delightful…"
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UChicago News: “Mixing beatboxing with opera, acclaimed composer redefines genre”, 2019 "With an abundant imagination for sound and music, Prof. Augusta Read Thomas unfolds fresh sonic perspectives and a personal artistic voice in soaring pieces played around the world—all while shaping the field of classical composition at the University of Chicago."
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Chicago Tribune: “Grossman Ensemble review: New sounds, historic occasion”, 2018 "It’s just possible that someday people will look back at what happened Friday night at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center and say: I was there."
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Chicago Tribune: “A bold first season for U. of C.’s contemporary music center”, 2018 "First seasons don’t get much bigger, smarter or more multi-dimensional than this."
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UChicago News: “Big Brains podcast dives into the creative process of renowned UChicago composer”, 2018 "‘I want it to be truly itself,’ Thomas said of her music. ‘Because otherwise, what am I doing with my life? I’m working 16 hours a day. Why would I do that and work so hard unless I’m really digging deep and willing to be vulnerable and true?’"
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Strings Magazine: “Enter the limitless sound world of composer Augusta Read Thomas”, 2018 "No matter how gloomy you may be feeling about the state of the world, it seems impossible to come away from an encounter with Augusta Read Thomas without a surge of fresh hope."
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BBC Music Magazine: “Meet the composer: Augusta Read Thomas”, 2018 “I like to think of every element of sound being allied to every other element of sound in a kind of gestalt.”
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The Huffington Post, “Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: The Music of Augusta Read Thomas”, 2017 "All of her strengths are displayed in a new release by the Utah Symphony that includes her work EOS (Goddess of the Dawn), a Ballet for Orchestra, which is in seven movements all written and played without break. Titles are evocative, starting with Dawn and then tracking the day."
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Gramophone, “Contemporary composer: Augusta Read Thomas”, 2017 "This composer’s career may have been spent in teaching but her music is hardly staid and academic."
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Chicago Tribune: “A symphony of 300 bells at the Chicago Philharmonic, rarities from Third Coast Baroque”, 2017 "Although Sonorous Earth draws some of its musical materials and its movement titles from Resounding Earth (a 2012 piece for solo percussion Thomas wrote for the Third Coast group), so greatly has she expanded the concept and structure that it feels like an entirely new work…"
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Chicago Tribune: “Chicagoan of the year: Augusta Read Thomas amps up vibrant new-music scene”, 2016 “No one else in local classical music came close to matching, let alone surpassing, what Thomas achieved with Ear Taxi… Thomas created the kind of forum for conversations across many genres Chicago had never heard before."
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Ear Taxi Festival leader and composer Augusta Read Thomas in her downtown condo, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune, “Mega-festival of new music celebrates living Chicago composers, performers”, 2016 "Only Chicago has Augusta Read Thomas”
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Chicago Tribune, “Augusta Read Thomas, contemporary classical catalyst”, 2016 "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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