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Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
Asian Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for chamber orchestra presented by the Cosmopolis Festival for the inaugural season of the new concert hall, the Shaw Auditorium, performed by members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Peter Biloen.

OCTOBER 1, 2022
Chicago Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 players or chamber orchestra, In Memoriam Oliver Knussen, performed by Stefan Asbury conducting The Grossman Ensemble and special guests including pianist Gilles Vonsattel. This Oliver Knussen and Sir George Benjamin tribute concert is made possible by generous funding from Emmanuel Roman and features music by Knussen and Benjamin. As part of the program, poet and novelist Rachel DeWoskin will read her poems "anthrosphere" and "arrhythmia," from her collection "absolute animal.”

OCTOBER 16, 2022 – 8:00 PM
World Premiere of the Marimba version of BEBOP RIDDLE II for marimba and piano, presented by Collage New Music, Frank Epstein, Founder and David Hoose, Music Director, on the occasion of their 50th anniversary season, performed by marimba player Robert Schulz and pianist Christopher Oldfather in Killian Hall at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

OCTOBER 28, 2022
World Premiere of LIGHT FROM THE HEART for S.A.T.B. chorus commissioned by Donald Nally and the Bienen School of music at Northwestern University. The composition will be performed on a Byrd Festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of the composer's death.

NOVEMBER 2 & 3, 2022 - 7:30 PM
World Premiere of FOREST OF SHIFTING TIME a ballet at Trinity Commons, 76 Trinity Place, New York, NY. Choreographed and directed by BalletCollective Artistic Director Troy Schumacher and set to a vibrant 31-minute score for the Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet, the ballet features whimsical costumes and props by artist and designer Doug Fitch and lighting by Ben Rawson. Featuring dancers trained in a multitude of methodologies, including dancers from New York City Ballet and alumni of The Ailey School and The Juilliard School: Graham Feeny, Jada German, Megan LeCrone, Zoe Liebold, Shelby Mann, Ava Sautter, Maxwell Simoes, and Haley Winegarden. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Two explorers enter an unknown place with no way out but forward, and find themselves among shifting trees, dancing dinosaurs, playful insects, and more.

NOVEMBER 3, 2022 - 7:30 PM
World Premiere of FOREST OF SHIFTING TIME a ballet.
NOTE: The November 3rd 7:30 PM performance will be live-streamed for free at balletcollective.com/live.

JANUARY 15, 2023
UK Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at Wigmore Hall, London, England.

FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2023
World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra in Memoriam Oliver Knussen commissioned by the Indianapolis Symphony, conducted by Christian Reif

MARCH 11, 2023
WORLD PREMIERE of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus 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.

May 21, 2023 – 2 PM
World Premiere of ABSOLUTE OCEAN in the version for mezzo-soprano and orchestra performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra conducted by 1st Lt. Darren Y. Lin featuring Mezzo soprano soloist MSgt Sara Sheffield. Washington, D.C.

 

Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022
RING FLOURISH BLAZE for wind ensemble performed by the Southern Methodist University Wind Ensemble, conducted by Jack Delaney.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2022
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the orchestra of the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, Donald Schleicher, conducting.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
Asian Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for chamber orchestra presented by the Cosmopolis Festival for the inaugural season of the new concert hall, the Shaw Auditorium, performed by members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Peter Biloen.