"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

MARCH 9, 2024 at 2 PM
Chicago Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet (Movement 2, “Celebration”) performed by the Terra String Quartet, as part of the RANDS AT 90 concerts presented by Guarneri Hall 11 East Adams, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL

MARCH 14, 2024
World Premiere of CARNIVAL for baritone saxophone and wind ensemble performed by Phil Pierick and the Oklahoma State University Symphonic Band conducted by Bradley Genevro at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

MARCH 16, 2024
World Premiere of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus, The chorus of Chicago High School for the Arts, 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 22, 2024 (EARTH DAY)
World Premiere of AURA TENEBRIS (Radiant Darkness) for brass quintet, which is just one part of the HEAVY METAL SUITE performed by Axiom Brass in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theater. Comprised of individual movements inspired by different critical metals (e.g., copper, gold, lithium, platinum) composed by Augusta Read Thomas (Gold/USA), Chris Chafe (Silicon/USA), Christopher Sainsbury (Lithium/Australia), Edzi’u  (Introduction/Tahltan), Roberto Manzanares (Silver/Mexico), Valeria Gisel Valle Martinez (Copper/Chile), Vuma Levin (Platinum/South Africa), Yao Chen (Zinc/China). Read More

APRIL 25, 2024
World Premiere of SHAKESPEARE'S JESTERS for Saxophone Quartet performed by ~Nois, Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, Julian Velasco, at Constellation in Chicago.

MAY 17, 2024
World premiere HAEMOSU’S CELESTIAL CHARIOT RIDE, based on six Korean Sijo, for solo saxophone, 6 or 7 players, and string orchestra, performed by the Sejong Soloists, Steven Banks, saxophone soloist, conducted by Hannah von Wiehler performed at Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall, New York, NY.

AUGUST 4, 2024
World Premiere of NEW WORK for 9 players, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni, for the Composers Conference 80th Gala at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH.

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.

SPRING, 2025
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

MARCH 1 - 3, 2024
JUBILEE for orchestra performed by The New Jersey Symphony, conducted by Xian Zhang at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ.

MARCH 7, 2024
TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by The New Music Ensemble at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, David Dzubay conducting in Bloomington, IN.

MARCH 9, 2024 at 2 PM
Chicago Premiere of MAGIC GARDENS for string quartet (Movement 2, “Celebration”) performed by the Terra String Quartet, as part of the RANDS AT 90 concerts presented by Guarneri Hall 11 East Adams, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL

MARCH 10, 2024
DANCE FOLDINGS for orchestra performed by the Orchestre national d’Ile de France conducted by Alevtina Loffe. Orchestra in the Théâtre Romain Rolland in Villejuif, France