"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

FEBRUARY 24, 2019
U.K. Premiere of CHI for string quartet performed by the Ligeti Quartet at the London Festival of American Music.

MARCH 20-24, 2019
World Premiere of RIPPLE EFFECTS for carillon in celebration of Elizabeth J.L.Davenport’s 10 years as Dean of the Rockefeller Chapel in Chicago in a new version for two players. Premiered by Joey Brink and Michael Solotke at the Bok Chapel at the Florida at the International Carillon Festival.

April 18, 2019
Boston Premiere of TWO THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PIANO performed by pianist Joel Fan at MIT Sounding, which is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

May 19, 2019
World Premiere of NEW WORK for ensemble premiered by the Nova Ensemble, Thierry Fischer, conducting. Co-commissioned by the Nova Chamber Music Series with thanks to Artistic Director Jason Hardink and by Sounds of Science Commissioning Club with thanks to President Glenn D. Prestwich.

June 26-30, 2019
World Premiere of NEW WORK commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons, Music Director) to celebrate the opening of it’s Tanglewood Center for Music and Learning in late June 2019. Instrumentation is string quartet and percussion quartet. The work will be premiered by a mix of musicians from the BSO and the Tanglewood Fellows. [Exact date of performance is in this timeframe but is still pending.]

October 26, 2019
World Premiere of SWEET POTATO KICKS THE SUN by Santa Fe Opera. Libretto by Leslie Dunton-Downer, the opera is commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco opera, that includes: • Lyric Opera Of Kansas City • Minnesota Opera • Opera Theatre of Saint Louis •San Francisco Opera • Santa Fe Opera • Sarasota Opera • Seattle Opera. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Melville Hankins Family Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

NOVEMBER 14, 2019
World Premiere of a NEW BALLET commissioned by PEAK Performances at Montclair State University in New Jersey, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director. Performed by Martha Graham Dance Company, Janet Eiber, Artistic Director, Troy Schumacher Choreographer, and the ICE Ensemble.


Upcoming Events

FEBRUARY 19, 2019
OF PARADISE AND LIGHT for string orchestra and PRAYER AND CELEBRATION for orchestra performed by The University of Wisconsin- Madison Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chad Hutchinson.

FEBRUARY 19, 2019
Guest composer at The University of Wisconsin-Madison.

FEBRUARY 21, 2019
PRAYER AND CELEBRATION for orchestra as performed by the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Rhodes, conducting.

FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019
THE REWAKING for choir performed by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Composer and Conductor and Founding Director, in Seattle WA.

FEBRUARY 23, 2019
RESOUNDING EARTH Movement II (Prayer), by Third Coast Percussion. Virginia Commonwealth University’s W.E. Singleton Center of the Performing Arts