"The open, collaborative nature of Chicago's new music community is home to an extraordinary crop of ensembles and a vibrant landscape of composers. The scene for new music in Chicago is exceptional and I dedicate myself to supporting and encouraging its sustainability and growth." — Augusta Read Thomas

Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

DATE TBD, 2022
World Premiere of STAR BOX for percussion quartet, Commissioned by Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra for a world premiere by Sandbox Percussion. In Memoriam Jacob Druckman.

MARCH 2, 2022
World Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 player or chamber orchestra, In Memoriam Oliver Knussen. Commissioned by the Howard Hanson Institute for American Music in Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Eastman School of Music; premiered by Brad Lubman conducting the ESM Musica Nova, Rochester, NY

March 13, 2022
World Premiere of FAR PAST WAR for large chorus and orchestra, text by Cammy Thomas, commissioned and premiered by the Cathedral Choral Society of Washington, D.C., conducted by Steven Fox in the Washington National Cathedral. Made possible by the William Remsen Strickland Endowment Fund “to remember the concerts of the Cathedral Choral Society during World War II.” Also on the concert is RING OUT WILD BELLS TO THE WILD SKY for solo soprano, chorus and orchestra.

May 1, 2022
World Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet performed by Rolston String Quartet at the Perelman Theatre in the Kimmel Center during the celebrations of Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th anniversary. This was commissioned by the McCollin Fund and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, Linda Reichert, President, in celebration of the organization’s Bicentennial.

JUNE 24, 2022
World Premiere of TITLE TBD for solo cello performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Aldeburgh Festival in a celebration of what would have been Oliver Knussen’s 70th birthday which is titled REMEMBERING OLLY.

FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 2023
World Premiere of SUN DANCEfor orchestra 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.


Upcoming Events

JANUARY 21, 2022
Guest Composer at the Eastman School of Music on the Visiting Composer Series led by Bradley Lubman.

JANUARY 23, 2022
INCANTATION for solo cello performed by Juan Horie of the Quijote Duo presented by the Frequency Series at Constellation in Chicago.

JANUARY 26, 2022
ACROBATS for ensemble performed by Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble conducted by Brad Lubman

JANUARY 29, 2022
EOS for orchestra, Victor Yampolsky conducting, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL, United States

FEBRUARY 25, 2022
CATHEDRAL WATERFALL- Homage to Messiaen from SIX PIANO ETUDES, performance by Holly Roadfeldt, Muhlenberg Contemporary Music Festival, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

FEBRUARY 25, 26, 27, 2022
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Houston Symphony, Ryan Bancroft conducting.