"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

MAY 23, 2024
Chicago Premiere of AURA TENEBRIS (Radiant Darkness) for brass quintet, performed by Axiom Brass at the Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL. One part of the the HEAVY METAL SUITE first performed by Axiom Brass in Vancouver earlier this spring. Comprised of individual movements inspired by different critical metals (e.g., copper, gold, lithium, platinum), two of which will be performed on this concert: those composed by Augusta Read Thomas (Gold/USA) and Vuma Levin (Platinum/South Africa).

JUNE 21, 2024
World premiere of BEBOP RIDDLE V, the 3’15” version for Oboe and Clarinet, by Amanda Hardy, oboe and Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet and New York City Premiere of DANCING STARS for orchestra conducted by Ken-David Masur, presented by the Chelsea Music Festival which celebrates its 15th season. Led by Artistic Directors Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, the Chelsea Music Festival presents “Connecting the Dots,” which “traces how music and art allow us to touch what seems intangible, repair what seems broken, and reimagine our interconnectedness with one another.” Concert at the Genesis House, in the LED-wrapped stage of the Cellar in New York, NY.

AUGUST 4, 2024
World Premiere of the version for flute and clarinet of BEBOP RIDDLE V for two players, performed by Barry Crawford, flute and Benjamin Fingland, clarinet for the Composers Conference 80th Gala at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. With huge gratitude to the Composers Conference Artistic Director, Kurt Rohde, and to the Composers Conference Music Director & Conference Ensemble Conductor, Vimbayi Kaziboni.

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.

SEPTEMBER 19 & 21, 2024
World Premiere of BEBOP KALEIDOSCOPE, Homage to Duke Ellington for orchestra commissioned and premiered by The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Ken- David Masur at Lincoln Center in the Wu Tsai Theater of the David Geffen Hall, New York, NY.

NOVEMBER 14, 2024
World Premiere of NEW WORK for solo violin performed by Clarissa Bevilacqua at the Pavillon Gabriel on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.

November 25, 2024
World premiere of NEW WORK [working title is: PEACE PLEASE PIECE] for 3 percussion, 2 harps, piano, celesta, flute, clarinet doubling bass clarinet, violin, cello, commissioned by The Juilliard School, performed by AXIOM, conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director, at Alice Tully Hall, New York, NY.


Upcoming Events

MAY 29, 2024
ACROBATS for 5 players performed the Icarus vs Muzak Ensemble conducted by Juan Trigos, at the Merulo-Peri Conservatory in Reggio Emilia, Italy.

JUNE 1, 2024
ACROBATS for 5 players performed the Icarus vs Muzak Ensemble conducted by Juan Trigos, the Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano, Italy.

JUNE 1, 2024
TOFT SERENADE for violin and piano performed by Duo Diorama: Minghuan Xu violin, Winston Choi, piano, St Michael All Saints Episcopal Church - 4364 Hardy St., Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi, Hawaii.

JUNE 7, 2024
South American Premiere of VIOLIN CONCERTO #2: CARILLON SKY for violin and orchestra performed by Ariane Sletner, solo violin and Luis Biava, conducting the Iberacademy Orchestra at the Colegio Aleman (German Academy School) in Medellin, Colombia.