"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

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, 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.

JUNE 21, 2024
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.”

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 NEW WORK 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. Working title is Bebop Kaleidoscope.

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.

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

APRIL 12, 2024
TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by Musica Nova, Brad Lubman conducting, at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.

APRIL 12, 2024
AVIAN CAPRICIO for brass quintet performed by Axiom Brass as presented by the Solo & Chamber Music Series at Pittsburg State University, Pennsylvania.

APRIL 13, 2024
OH JACQUELINE for tenor and piano. Commissioned by Ryan Townsend Strand as part of his “Letters To Jackie project in honor of the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” Performed by Ryan Townsend Strand, tenor and Karina Kontorovitch, pianist presented by the St. Mark’s Music Series at the St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN

APRIL 13, 2024
As part of the Inaugural Arthur Satz Music Creativity Forum, DANCING STARS for orchestra performed by Mark Powell, conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities, and the University of Rochester Orchestra in Strong Auditorium in Rochester, NY.