"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 21, 2024
World premiere of BEBOP RIDDLE V, the 3’15” version for Oboe and Clarinet, by Amanda Hardy, oboe and Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet and New York City Premiere of DANCING STARS for orchestra conducted by Ken-David Masur, presented by the Chelsea Music Festival which celebrates its 15th season. Led by Artistic Directors Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, the Chelsea Music Festival presents “Connecting the Dots,” which “traces how music and art allow us to touch what seems intangible, repair what seems broken, and reimagine our interconnectedness with one another.” Concert at the Genesis House, in the LED-wrapped stage of the Cellar in New York, NY.

July 12, 2024
World premiere of BUTTERFLY DREAMS for two violins performed by Carolyn Stuart and Julia Glenn, violins, presented by the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in the Elley-Long Music Center of Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT.

AUGUST 4, 2024
World Premiere of the version for flute and clarinet of BEBOP RIDDLE V for two players, performed by Barry Crawford, flute and Benjamin Fingland, clarinet for the Composers Conference 80th Gala at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. With huge gratitude to the Composers Conference Artistic Director, Kurt Rohde, and to the Composers Conference Music Director & Conference Ensemble Conductor, Vimbayi Kaziboni.

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.

SEPTEMBER 19 & 21, 2024
World Premiere of Bebop Kaleidoscope – Homage to Duke Ellington for orchestra commissioned and premiered by The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Ken- David Masur at Lincoln Center in the Wu Tsai Theater of the David Geffen Hall, New York, NY.

NOVEMBER 14, 2024
World Premiere of NEW WORK for solo violin performed by Clarissa Bevilacqua at the Pavillon Gabriel on the Champs Elysées in Paris, France.

November 25, 2024
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.

CALENDAR YEARS 2025 & 2026
World premiere of NEW WORK for solo cello and orchestra, premiered by cellist Alban Gerhardt and co-commissioned by several orchestras including The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ryan Bancroft, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, The Swedish Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras to be announced.

 

Upcoming Events

JUNE 21, 2024
World premiere of BEBOP RIDDLE V, the 3’15” version for Oboe and Clarinet, by Amanda Hardy, oboe and Yasmina Spiegelberg, clarinet and New York City Premiere of DANCING STARS for orchestra conducted by Ken-David Masur, and CLARA’S ASCENT for string quartet performed by the Aizuri Quartet, presented by the Chelsea Music Festival which celebrates its 15th season. Led by Artistic Directors Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur, the Chelsea Music Festival presents “Connecting the Dots,” which “traces how music and art allow us to touch what seems intangible, repair what seems broken, and reimagine our interconnectedness with one another.” Concert at the Genesis House, in the LED-wrapped stage of the Cellar in New York, NY.

JUNE 25, 2024 – 6:30 PM
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Grant Park Symphony Strings, Kyle J. Dickson conducting, in the South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago IL.

JUNE 27, 2024 – 6:30 PM
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for orchestra performed by the Grant Park Symphony Strings, Kyle J. Dickson conducting, in Grant Park in the Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago IL.