"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

JUNE 24, 2022
World Premiere of RIDDLE In Memoriam Oliver Knussen 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 CELEBRATING OLLY.

JULY 14, 2022
World Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra in Memoriam Oliver Knussen, London Sinfonietta conducted by Geoffrey Paterson in London, UK.

AUGUST 6, 2022 – 6 PM
World Premiere of BEBOP RIDDLE II for cello and piano, performed by cellist Norman Fischer and TBD pianist at the Tanglewood Music Center Festival of Contemporary Music, Ozawa Hall. Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to Ellen Highstein to honor her longstanding leadership of the Tanglewood Music Center.

OCTOBER 28, 2022
World Premiere of NEW WORK for S.A.T.B. chorus commissioned by Donald Nally and the Bienen School of music at Northwestern University. The composition will be related in some way to William Byrd, as it will be performed on a Byrd Festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of the composer's death.

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
USA 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.

 

Upcoming Events

MAY 22 - 29, 2022
Faculty Member: 1:2:1 online intensive for composers and performers. Other Faculty: cellist Nick Photinos, flutist Claire Chase, and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler.

MAY 24, 2022 - 5 PM
Hosting Matana Roberts’ signature event which is celebrating Matana’s position as Distinguished Guest Composer at the Center for Contemporary Composition at the University of Chicago: Sonic Conversations. Reception to follow. Free. Chicago.

May 24, 2022
Piano Spheres presents David Kaplan performing a concert he’s calling “Ph(f)antasy(ies)” which includes MORSE CODE FANTASY - HOMAGE TO ROBERT SCHUMANN for solo piano, which is a response to Schumann Davidsbündler #3.
8 p.m. at Zipper Hall in the Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA.

May 27, 2022
RINGS OF LIGHT for 9 saxophones performed at Northwestern University, as organized by Taimur Sullivan, Professor of Saxophone.

MAY 31, 2022
Music On Main in Vancouver presents David Kaplan performing a concert he’s calling “Ph(f)antasy(ies)” which includes MORSE CODE FANTASY - HOMAGE TO ROBERT SCHUMANN for solo piano, which is a response to Schumann Davidsbündler #3.