Selected Events

2024

JANUARY 12-13, 2024
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Navy Band Saxophone Symposium at at George Mason University in Washington D.C.

JANUARY 14, 2024
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion presented by Pro Arte Musical in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This composition is scored for approximately 300 pieces of metal, featuring 120 bells from a wide variety of cultures and historical periods.


Quatuor Diotima. Photo credit: Michel Nguyen.

JANUARY 17, 2024
World Premiere of APOLLO’S RIDDLES for string quartet performed Quatuor Diotima in the Philharmonie, Paris France

JANUARY 23, 2024
Guest Speaker, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City. How We Work: Three Artists Talk about their Practice: Discussion between Joel Shapiro, Augusta Read Thomas, and Rosanna Warren.

JANUARY 27 AND 28, 2024
World Premiere of L’Envers des destinées for orchestra performed by the Orchestre de chambre de Paris conducted by Simone Menezes, with Baritone soloist Laurent Naouri, Cello soloist Albert Kuchinski, (en partenariat avec le CNSMDP,) Chorégraphe by Thierry Thieû Niang, and Lighting by Jimmy Boury at the Philharmonie de Paris – Cité de la Musique, Paris, France. This work is about the characters of Ygnold and Arkel. It is inspired by the following line from Arkel in Maeterlinck's play, “we only ever see the other side of destiny.” (Maeterlinck, Pelléas et Mélisande, Act I, Scene 3)

JANUARY 31, 2024
APOLLO’S RIDDLES for string quartet performed Quatuor Diotima in Metz, France.

FEBRUARY 2, 2024
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, James Burton conducting, Tsai Performance Center, Boston, MA.

FEBRUARY 2, 2024
BALLET SUITE from the ballet FOREST OF SHIFTING TIME performed by the Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet, on the University of Chicago Presents series in the Logan Center. Chicago, IL. [The original ballet was Choreographed and directed by BalletCollective Artistic Director Troy Schumacher, featuring whimsical costumes and props by artist and designer Doug Fitch and lighting by Ben Rawson.]

FEBRUARY 4, 2024 - afternoon
World Premiere of BEBOP RIDDLE IV for reed quintet performed by the Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Morton Arboretum, Chicago, IL.

FEBRUARY 4, 2024 – 2 PM
ABSOLUTE OCEAN in the version for soprano and orchestra performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra conducted by 1st Lt. Darren Y Lin, with SSgt Hannah Davis soprano soloist, at the Rachel Schlesinger Hall in Virginia.

FEBRUARY 18, 2024
ANGEL TEARS AND EARTH PRAYERS for Trumpet and Organ performed by Michael Hawes, Trumpet and Renan Branco, Organ, in Jessen Auditorium at the University of Texas, Austin.

FEBRUARY 18, 2024
BEBOP RIDDLE IV for reed quintet performed by the Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet at the Schwob School of Music in Legacy Hall at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia.

FEBRUARY 22, 2024
BEBOP RIDDLE II B performed by Benjamin Roidl-Ward, bassoon and Daniel Pesca, piano at the Eastman School of Music, in the Howard Hanson Hall Rochester, NY. [Thomas has been composing a series of “Bebop Riddles” all of which are completely independent, unique works. BEBOP RIDDLE II B is the bassoon version of BEBOP RIDDLE II, originally for cello pizzicato and piano.] This version, BEBOP RIDDLE II B, is dedicated to Benjamin Roidl-Ward and Daniel Pesca.

FEBRUARY 23, 2024
Sunburst for orchestra performed by the Alpharetta Symphony conducted by Grant Gilman in Alpharetta, GA.

FEBRUARY 24, 2024
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, Barry Ford conducting, Harris-Stowe University, Saint Louis, MO

FEBRUARY 24, 2024 – 7:30 PM
World Premiere of BECOME THE SKY for SATB CHORUS presented by The William Ferris Chorale conducted by Artistic & Music Director, Christopher Windle in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, Lakeview High School, and Golden Apple recipient Puja Ramaswamy. St. James Cathedral 65 E. Huron St Chicago, IL

FEBRUARY 24, 2024
FANFARE OF HOPE AND SOLIDARITY for orchestra performed by the Capital City Symphony, Ingrid Lestrud conductingat the Atlas Performing Arts Center in the H Street Corridor, Washington, DC. This is part of The Atlas Intersections Festival: a multi-disciplinary festival highlighting where arts and the world intersect. Their program will be using music to depict the journey that military service people take, from leaving home, to combat, to the joy of returning home, and the difficulties in transitioning back to civilian life. The orchestra is partnering with a local men's shelter to highlight the work they are doing to support unhoused veterans in Washington, DC.

FEBRUARY 25, 2024
Preview of World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco WFMT Radio on Live from WFMT, Chicago, Illinois.

FEBRUARY 27, 2024
PLEA FOR PEACE for soprano and string quartet performed by Elizabeth Shuman, soprano and the Kontras Quartet on a program titled CONSIDERING PEACE in Buchanan Chapel of Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut Street, Chicago, IL.

MARCH 2024
AVIAN ESCAPADES for woodwind quintet performed by students at the Lisbon Superior Music School, Lisbon, Portugal. With gratitude to Paulo Pacheco for arranging the performance.


Conductor Xian Zhang

MARCH 1 - 3, 2024
JUBILEE for orchestra performed by The New Jersey Symphony, conducted by Xian Zhang at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

MARCH 7, 2024
TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by The New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, David Dzubay conducting in Bloomington, IN.

MARCH 9, 2024 at 2 PM
Chicago Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet (Movement 2, “Celebration”) performed by the Terra String Quartet, as part of the RANDS AT 90 concerts presented by Guarneri Hall 11 East Adams, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL

MARCH 10, 2024
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Orchestre national d’Ile de France conducted by Alevtina Loffe. Orchestra in the Théâtre Romain Rolland in Villejuif, France

MARCH 12 [and 8-17,] 2024
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Orchestre national d’Ile de France conducted by Alevtina Loffe. Orchestra is touring concerts from March 8 to March 17 including a performance at the Philharmonie de Paris on Tuesday March 12 at 20H00.


Gwendolyn Brooks

MARCH 14, 2024
World Premiere of CARNIVAL for baritone saxophone and wind ensemble performed by Phil Pierick and the Oklahoma State University Symphonic Band conducted by Bradley Genevro at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

MARCH 16, 2024
World Premiere of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, The chorus of Chicago High School for the Arts, and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, conducting, Charles Sundquist, Chorus, Director. This commission and associated activities are partially supported by a 2019 grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Humanities.

MARCH 16, 2024
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Orchestre national d’Ile de France conducted by Alevtina Loffe. Orchestra in the Théâtre Claude Debussy in Maisons-Alfort, France

MARCH 17, 2024
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Orchestre national d’Ile de France conducted by Alevtina Loffe. Orchestra in Espace Carpeaux in Courbevoie, France

MARCH 20 AND 24, 2024
PILGRIM SOUL for solo English Horn and two violins presented by the Louis Moreau Institute In the New Marigny Theater, New Orleans, LA 70117

MARCH 25, 2024
SCAT for 5 players performed by Ensemble id at Atelier de la Main d'Or in Paris, France. Special thanks to conductor, composer, and pianist Edo Frenkel.

MARCH 28, 2024
ACROBATS for 5 players performed by The Last Hundred Ensemble, conducted by Juan Trigos, Composer, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of TLH Ensemble, at Florida International University, Miami, FL.

MARCH 29, 2024
ACROBATS for 5 players performed by The Last Hundred Ensemble, conducted by Juan Trigos, Composer, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of TLH Ensemble, The Sanctuary of the Arts, Coral Gables, FL.

MARCH 30, 2024 – 11 AM
AMALGAM for solo piano performed by Zarin Mehta in a radio recital on Classical WFMT, Robbie Ellis Presenter and  Producer. 5400 N St Louis Ave, Chicago IL 

APRIL 4-6, 2024
FEATURED GUEST at The College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) North Central Division Conference held at The Ohio State University in the School of Music’s new, state-of-the-art Timashev Family Music Building. Special thanks to Erica Neidlinger. Works to be performed include PLEA FOR PEACE for soprano and wind ensemble as arranged by Chris David Westover-Muñoz, conducted by Gary Hill, and performed by the Intercollegiate Band. FEATURED GUEST PRESENTATION by Augusta is titled: Inside the Composer’s Studio: A discussion of imagination and music led by Augusta Read Thomas

APRIL 12, 2024
TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by Musica Nova, Brad Lubman conducting, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

APRIL 12, 2024
AVIAN CAPRICIO for brass quintet performed by Axiom Brass as presented by the Solo & Chamber Music Series at Pittsburg State University, Pennsylvania.


Dr. William Wiedrich

APRIL 13, 2024
OH JACQUELINE for tenor and piano. Commissioned by Ryan Townsend Strand as part of his “Letters To Jackie project in honor of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” Performed by Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor and Karina Kontorovitch, pianist presented by the St. Mark’s Music Series at the St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

APRIL 21, 2024
SUNBURST a fanfare for orchestra, performed by the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Dr. William Wiedrich, conducting.


Cammy Thomas

APRIL 21, 2024
New England Premiere of FAR PAST WAR for large chorus and orchestra, text by Cammy Thomas, performed by the Nashoba Valley Chorale, conducted by Anne Watson Born in the Groton Hill Music Center in Groton, MA. This composition is about bringing peace through nature, both to the self and to the world.

APRIL 21, 2024 – 7:30 PM
UPON WINGS OF WORDS, Emily Dickinson Settings, for mezzo soprano and string quartet, presented by Norton Concerts and Micah Gleason on their concert series: CHAMBER MUSIC! AT THE BLACK SQUIRREL CLUB. Performed by Joanne Evans, mezzo soprano and the Viano Quartet in The Black Squirrel Club, in Philadelphia, PA. Special thanks to Micah Gleason and Nicholas Yasillo.

APRIL 22, 2024 (EARTH DAY)
World Premiere of AURA TENEBRIS (Radiant Darkness) for brass quintet, which is just one part of the HEAVY METAL SUITE performed by Axiom Brass in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theater. Comprised of individual movements inspired by different critical metals (e.g., copper, gold, lithium, platinum) composed by Augusta Read Thomas (Gold/USA), Chris Chafe (Silicon/USA), Christopher Sainsbury (Lithium/Australia), Edzi’u  (Introduction/Tahltan), Roberto Manzanares (Silver/Mexico), Valeria Gisel Valle Martinez (Copper/Chile), Vuma Levin (Platinum/South Africa), Yao Chen (Zinc/China). Read More

APRIL 25, 2024
World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Constellation in Chicago.

MAY 4, 2024 – 7:30 PM
KLEE MUSINGS, for piano trio, presented by Norton Concerts and Micah Gleason on their concert series: CHAMBER MUSIC! AT THE BLACK SQUIRREL CLUB. Performed by Trio Gaia in The Black Squirrel Club, in Philadelphia, PA. Special thanks to Micah Gleason and Nicholas Yasillo.

MAY 17, 2024
World premiere HAEMOSU’S CELESTIAL CHARIOT RIDE, based on six Korean Sijo, for solo saxophone, 6 or 7 players, and string orchestra, performed by the Sejong Soloists, Steven Banks, saxophone soloist, conducted by Hannah von Wiehler performed at Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall, New York, NY.


Conductor Kyle J. Dickson

JUNE 25, 2024 – 6:30 PM
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Grant Park Symphony Strings, Kyle J. Dickson conducting, in the South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago IL.

JUNE 27, 2024 – 6:30 PM
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Grant Park Symphony Strings, Kyle J. Dickson conducting, in Grant Park in the Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago IL.

JULY 20 - 24, 2024
Mentor Composer for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s DeGaetano Composition Institute, New York City with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Brad Lubman.

JULY 26 - 27, 2024
In partnership with Marin Alsop, Guest Composer at the Breaking Barriers Festival at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL.

AUGUST 4, 2024
World Premiere of NEW WORK for 9 players, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni, for the Composers Conference 80th Gala at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH.

AUGUST 17, 2024
World premiere of ABRACADABRA (Suncathers) for 11 virtuosi, performed, by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss at the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado.

OCTOBER 9 - 11, 2024
Composer in Residence, Royal Academy of Music, London. On October 10, selected chamber works will be performed. On October 11, TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players and ABRACADABRA (SUN CATCHERS) for 11 players will be performed by the Manson Ensemble, Timothy Weiss conducting. Special thanks to RAM Head of Composition, Philip Cashian.

NOVEMBER 16, 2024 AFTERNOON
OH JACQUELINE for tenor and piano. Commissioned by Ryan Townsend Strand as part of his “Letters To Jackie project in honor of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” Performed by Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor and Karina Kontorovitch, pianist at the Ravinia Music Festival.