"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

JANUARY 13-14, 2023
World Premiere of LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick at the International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. LAETITIA’S CAPRICE is dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Phil Pierick.

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.

APRIL 28 & 29, 2023
World Premiere of TOWARD A SECRET SKY, Poems on Love by Rūmī for light lyric soprano, SATB chorus and orchestra. Commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Dr. Eric Stark, Artistic Director who will be conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle.

May 19, 2023
World Premiere of NEW WORK for 13 players performed by The Grossman Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

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.

May 25, 2023
UK Premiere of NEW WORK for 13 players performed by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

 

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 3, 2022 - 3:00 PM
ALLELUIA for SATB CHOIR performed by the William Ferris Chorale, conducted by their Artistic & Music Director, Christopher Windle at Grace Episcopal Church, Oak Park, Chicago

DECEMBER 4, 2022
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Highland Park Strings, Lawrence Block, conducting.

DECEMBER 7, 2022
OF BEING IS A BIRD  in the world premiere of the version for alto saxophone and chamber orchestra performed by Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, saxophone soloist, Floris Van der Veken, and conducted by Brad Lubman at the Eastman School of Music Kilbourn Hall,Rochester, NY.

DECEMBER 19, 2022 (Two concerts: 6 PM & 8 PM)
CRACKLE for wind ensemble performed by the Navy Band, conducted by Cynthia Johnston Turner at The Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference, Chicago, IL.