"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

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.

AUGUST 21, 2022
World Premiere of cello version of DREAM CATCHER In Memoriam Oliver Knussen for solo cello performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Creative Dialogue France Workshop.

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

JUlY 12, 2022 – 5:45 PM
International Music Foundation presents INCANTATION for solo cello performed by Alexander Hersh at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 on the Rising Stars Series

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

JULY 20-22, 2022
Guest Composer and Faculty Bowdoin International Music Festival. STARDUST, version for flute and string quartet; CAPRRICI 'HUMMINGBIRD ROMANCE' for flute and clarinet; and CANTOS FOR SLAVA for cello and piano will be performed.

JULY 21, 2022
French Premiere of RIDDLE In Memoriam Oliver Knussen for solo cello performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen at the Conservatorire Américain de Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau, France.