Selected Events


January 16, 2009
World premiere of VIOLIN CONCERTO NUMBER 3, co-commissioned by Festival Présences with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the BBC Proms, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brown, and the National Symphony Orchestra, with Frank-Peter Zimmermann as violin soloist, will premiere in Salle Pleyel, Paris, with Kazuchi Ono, conducting.

January 22, 2009
World Premiere of ABSOLUTE OCEAN for solo soprano, solo harp and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Symphony, Hans Graf conducting, with Paula Page, harp and Twyla Robinson, soprano.

January 26, 2009
World Premiere of TRACES for solo piano, in Baltimore, on the series of An Die Musik, Amy Dissanayake, piano.

March 9, 2009
SILENT MOON for violin and viola, played by the Walden Chamber Players, Yehonatan Berick, violin, Christof Huebner, viola, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City.

March 23, 2009
US Premiere of EURYTHMY ETUDES for solo piano, Mabel Kwan, pianist, at ISU-Bloomington/Normal, Illinois.

March 23, 2009
SCAT for ensemble, performance by Dal Niente New Music, at ISU-Bloomington/Normal, Illinois, Kirsten Broberg, executive director.

April 13, 2009
New York Premiere: TWO E.E. CUMMINGS SONGS for children's chorus, by the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Susan McMane, conductor, Alice Tully Hall, NYC.

April 25, 2009
World Premiere: BALLADE for solo piano, commissioned and premiered by pianist Dharshini Tambiah, duration 12 minutes, at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall at 5:30 PM, New York City.

May 2, 2009
ANGEL TEARS AND EARTH PRAYERS for organ and trumpet, Dornach, Switzerland.

May 7, 8, 9, 2009
HELIOS CHOROS I for orchestra will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Oliver Knussen, conductor.

May 10, 2009
CARILLON SKY for solo violin and ensemble will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Oliver Knussen, conductor.

May 17, 2009
World Premiere of DREAM CATCHER, a 25-minute work for solo violin, commissioned by Voices of Change in Dallas, Texas. To be premiered by Maria Schleuning.

May 23, 2009
The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall, Oliver Knussen, conductor.  New Music Festival program to include music by Augusta Read Thomas.

July 19, 2009
CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano will be played by Norman Fischer, cello and Jeanne Fischer, piano at the Saint-Gaudens Summer Concert Series in New Hampshire.

July 30- August 12, 2009
Tangelwood Music Center, Composition Teacher and Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music.

August 1, 2009
CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano will be played by Norman Fischer, cello and Jeanne Fischer, piano at 6pm prelude in Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood.

August 6-11, 2009
Director of the Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood Music Center.

August 21 - September 6, 2009
Music from Angel Fire 26th season.  Augusta Read Thomas is the Festival's 2009 American Composer-in-Residence. Concerts take place in Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas.
August 29: CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano
September 3: RUMI SETTINGS for violin and viola
September 5: ...A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN... for piano trio
September 6: World premiere of CAPRICIOUS ANGELS for 8 players

August 25, 2009
VIOLIN CONCERTO #3, Japan Premiere will be performed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Eiichi Chijiiwa as the soloist, under the baton of Maestro Ryusuke Suzuki at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan.  Special thanks to Yasuhiro Kakigahara of Tokyo Concerts, Inc.

August 25, 2009
Cory Tiffin performing DIAGONALS for solo clarinet at The Jazz Showcase, Anaphora's Contemporary Series Season Opener, Chicago, IL.

September 6, 2009
World premiere of CAPRICIOUS ANGELS for 8 players (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, 3 violins and 1 viola) premiered by Music from Angel Fire.  Commissioned by and dedicated to Music from Angel Fire and Ida Kavafian, with the support of the Bruce E. Howden, Jr., American Composers Project and Friends of the Festival.

September 9, 2009
VIOLIN CONCERTO #3, UK Premiere at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jiri Belohlavek, Jennifer Koh, soloist.

September 9, 2009
Several chamber works will be performed on a BBC Proms Composer Portrait concert.  This concert will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  This concert takes place just before that evening's Prom. Augusta, in conversation with Andrew McGregor, will be discussing her new violin concerto, and introducing European premieres of ...A CIRCLE AROUND THE SUN... for piano trio, INVOCATIONS for string quartet, and PASSION PRAYERS for cello and ensemble.

October 7-13, 2009
Composer in Residence, New Haven Symphony.

October 9, 2009
CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano will be played by Syzygy in Houston, Texas, Norman Fischer, cello and Jeanne Fischer, piano.   This work is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Frances Richard of ASCAP, Matt Haimovitz and Geoffrey Burleson.  This work was commissioned by The A.S.C.A.P. Foundation.

October 13, 2009
Guest composer, Boston University School of Music.

October 13 and 15, 2009
CAPRICIOUS ANGELS for octet performed by Ensemble Dal Niente, Michael Lewanski, conducting.

October 13 and 15, 2009
RITUAL INCANTATIONS for cello and orchestra performed by the New Haven Symphony, William Boughton, conducting.

October 14, 2009
Guest composer, Boston Conservatory.

October 15, 2009
Guest composer, Brandeis University.

October 15, 16, 17, and 20, 2009
HELIOS CHOROS II World USA Premiere: co-commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra, will be by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot, conducting.

November 8-12, 2009
University of Louisville, School of Music, Augusta is the 2009 New Music Festival's featured guest composer.  Works to be performed include: TERPSICHORE'S DREAM for orchestra, RING FLOURISH BLAZE for band, CAPRICIOUS ANGELS for octet, MAGNETICFIREFLIES for band, SCHERZI MUSICALI for brass ensemble, PULSAR for solo violin, DANCING HELIX RITUALS for trio, MIDSUMMER BLAZE: ALLELUIA for chorus, THE RUB OF LOVE for chorus, and THE REWAKING for chorus, among others.

November 9, 2009
SILVER CHANTS THE LITANIES for solo horn and orchestra performed by DePaul University, Michael Lewanski, conducting.

December 5 and 6, 2009
American Music Center board meetings in Los Angeles.