New Music Chicago Presents (2021)

New Music Chicago announces a free, monthly concert series titled New Music Chicago Presents that showcases the diversity and creativity of its members. In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), New Music Chicago will take place from 7:30 to 8:30pm (central) every THIRD Tuesday of the month, live-streamed onto NMC’s YouTube page from the Nevermore Performance Space (for the duration of 2021). Admission is free. All lead performers are members of New Music Chicago.

Curated and hosted by pianist and New Music Chicago member Marianne Parker, the New Music Chicago Presents series will bring a new body of repertoire and innovative performances to listeners in Chicago and beyond while also exposing new audiences to the world-class new music being created among Chicago musicians.

Read a preview article in the Chicago Tribune here.

NMC Presents 2021 Season Roster

Jonathan Hannau, piano

January 19, 2021


Pianist and composer Jonathan Hannau performs selections from his work, “Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night.”

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Jordan Lulloff, tenor saxophone

February 16, 2021


~Nois saxophonist Jordan Lulloff performs his program, “I Know Alone,” which features five works for solo tenor saxophone. Works by Gemma Peackocke, Emma O’Halloran, Nick Zoulek, and Cassie Wieland.

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Scott Tegge, tuba

March 16, 2021


Scotte Tegge of Gaudete Brass presents a program of contemporary works for tuba.

Ben Roidl-Ward and The Chicago Wind Project

April 20, 2021


The Chicago Wind Project presents its program, “Signs and Wonders: New Works for Woodwind Quintet,” featuring works by Tania Leòn, Pierce Gradone, Chris Fisher-Lockhead, and Aaron Holloway. Performers include Constance Volk, Andrew Nogal, Katie Jimoh, Matthew Oliphant, and Ben Roidl-Ward.

Shi-An Costello, piano

May 18, 2021


This solo piano program by Shi-An Costello explores music written last year by Chicago-based composers and pianists, including Costello himself, Sebastian Huydts, and Jonathan Hannau. The program, consisting entirely of works written in 2020, explores the revisiting of piano repertoire through improvisation, during the isolating early months of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wurtz-Berger Duo

June 15, 2021


Pianist Amy Wurtz and cellist Alyson Berger present a program of contemporary works for piano and cello duo.

Chicago Composers’ Consortium

July 20, 2021


This program features works by members of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium. Performers include Lawrence Axelrod, Amos Gillespie, and Elizabeth Start.

Anna Laurenzo, mezzo-soprano

August 17, 2021


Mezzo-soprano Anna Laurenzo presents her program, “Around and around…” This recital explores different recurrent cycles that exist within the shared and isolated human experience. Ms. Laurenzo’s collaborators include Shannon McGinnis (piano) and Rebecca Faber (violin).

Beyond This Point Percussion

September 21, 2021


BTP presents its program, “Reclaimed Timber.” For this production, we reimagine Michael Gordon’s Timber to be more about housing and homelessness in a specific city. We use “instruments” that are found among abandoned and vacant homes in Chicago (so the sounds are essentially of Chicago).

Crossing Borders Music

October 19, 2021


CBM presents a program of contemporary works by under-represented composers from around the world.

Quijote Duo (Sixto Franco, viola and Juan Horie, cello)

November 16, 2021


Sixto Franco and Juan Horie come together as Quijote Duo to present their program, “Outdifferencing.” Highlights include premieres by Chicago-area composers Igor Santos and Ben Zucker.

Duo Forzando (Henry Zheng, violin and Michael Finlay, piano)

December 21, 2021 (POSTPONED)


Violinist Henry Zheng comes together with pianist Michael Finlay as Duo Forzando. They present their program, “Spin-off,” featuring music by Missy Mazzoli, Kathryn Mishell, Amos Gillespie, and Philip Glass.