"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

October 29, 2021
At the ceremony of Paul Alivisatos's inauguration as President of the University of Chicago in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, World Premiere of CRESCAT SCIENTIA; VITA EXCOLATUR for carillon performed by Joey Brink and many assistants; and DOUBLE HELIX, MANSUETO TRIBUTE for two violins performed by Janet Sung and Yuan-Qing Yu.

October 29 & 30, 2021
World Premiere of STARDUST for in version for English Horn and string quartet performed by Robert Walters, English Horn soloist (who is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Nexus Chamber Music presented by and premiered at Oberlin College. NEXUS Co-artistic Directors, violinist Brian Hong and cellist Alexander Hersh, will be joined by violinist Marta Sarc, and violist Chloe Thominet. Special thanks to Stefan Hersh, Tim Weiss, and Raphael Jiménez. Live socially-distanced concerts are also being livestreamed.

NOVEMBER 4, 2021
Chicago Premiere of STARDUST in version for English Horn and string quartet performed by Robert Walters, English Horn soloist (who is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Nexus Chamber Music presented by and premiered at Guarneri Hall, Stefan Hersh, Artistic Director. NEXUS Co-artistic Directors, violinist Brian Hong and cellist Alexander Hersh, will be joined by violinist Marta Sarc, and violist Chloe Thominet. Special thanks to Stefan Hersh. Live socially-distanced concert is also being livestreamed.

NOVEMBER 5, 2021
World Premiere of STARDUST in the version for Oboe and String Quartet performed by Jared Ethan Hauser, Oboe soloist with Janet Sung and Ann Setzer violins; Ann Marie Brink, viola; and Stephen Balderston cello in Allen Hall at the Holtschneider Performance Center, DePaul University.

JANUARY 13-16, 2022
USA Premiere of DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, conducting. Also on the concerts are performances of the Beethoven 2nd & 4th piano concertos, Mitsuko Uchida piano soloist.

MARCH 2, 2022
World Premiere of DANCE MOBILE for 13 player or chamber orchestra. 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 12, 2022
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.

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.”

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.

 

Upcoming Events

October 26, 2021
AVIAN CAPRICIO for brass quintet performed by Axiom Brass in British Columbia as presented by the Kelowna Concert Association in the Kelowna Community Theatre.

October 29, 2021
At the ceremony of Paul Alivisatos's inauguration as President of the University of Chicago in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, World Premiere of CRESCAT SCIENTIA; VITA EXCOLATUR for carillon performed by Joey Brink and many assistants; and DOUBLE HELIX, MANSUETO TRIBUTE for two violins performed by Janet Sung and Yuan-Qing Yu.

October 29 & 30, 2021
World Premiere of STARDUST for in version for English Horn and string quartet performed by Robert Walters, English Horn soloist (who is a member of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Nexus Chamber Music presented by and premiered at Oberlin College. NEXUS Co-artistic Directors, violinist Brian Hong and cellist Alexander Hersh, will be joined by violinist Marta Sarc, and violist Chloe Thominet. Special thanks to Stefan Hersh, Tim Weiss, and Raphael Jiménez. Live socially-distanced concerts are also being livestreamed. OF BEING IS A BIRD (Emily Dickinson Settings) for soprano and chamber orchestra performed by Amy Owens, Soprano with Tim Weiss conducting the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble.

October 30, 2021
Guest Composer at Oberlin College.

October 30, 2021
SILENT MOON for violin and viola and STARDUST for in version for English Horn and string quartet performed by Robert Walters, English Horn soloist performed by Nexus Chamber Music at Oberlin Conservatory.