"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

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. Dedicated with admiration and gratitude to The New York Philharmonic and Ken-David Masur.

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 for 4 percussion, 1 harp, 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

JULY 16, 2024 – 5:45 PM
BEBOP RIDDLE II B performed by Benjamin Roidl-Ward, bassoon and Daniel Pesca, piano as presented by Classical Music Chicago Rush Hour Concerts series in St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL. [Thomas has been composing a series of “Bebop Riddles” all of which are completely independent, unique works. BEBOP RIDDLE II B is a transformation and extension of BEBOP RIDDLE II, originally for cello pizzicato and piano.] BEBOP RIDDLE II B, was commissioned by and is dedicated to Benjamin Roidl-Ward and Daniel Pesca.

JULY 20 - 24, 2024
Mentor Composer for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s DeGaetano Composition Institute, New York City with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Brad Lubman.