New Music Chicago Presents

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 12:00 to 12:45 pm on the third Thursday of each month in the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center. Admission is free. All lead performers are members of New Music Chicago.

Curated by flutist and New Music Chicago member Jennie Oh Brown, the New Music Chicago Presents series will bring a new body of repertoire and innovative performances to the Chicago Cultural Center while also exposing new audiences to the world-class new music being created among Chicago musicians.

Of the opportunity, Brown says, “The musicians of New Music Chicago are thrilled to partner with the Chicago Cultural Center to present this ongoing monthly concert series of contemporary classical music.  The success of Ear Taxi Festival 2016 showed that Chicago audiences are interested in hearing what’s new.  New Music Chicago Presents will feature repertoire written since 2000 by living composers.”

Read a preview article in the Chicago Tribune here.

February 21, 2019

Music of Marc Mellits
Marc Mellits, composer

Composer Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year, making him one of the most performed living composers in the United States.  From Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to prestigious music festivals in Europe and the US, Mellits’ music is a constant mainstay on programs throughout the world.

March 21, 2019

The L+M Duo
Marianne Parker, piano
Laurel Black, marimba

The L+M Duo presents a newly commissioned work by composer Jay Derderian.

April 18, 2019

Art and Music

Picosa presents “Art and Music” presenting contemporary works by Florent Ghys, Tanner Cassidy, Seth Boustead, Jonathon Kirk, and Shulamit Ran.

May 16, 2019

Love Wounds
Chicago Fringe Opera

Love Wounds is an immersive collaborative experience with guests Latitude 49.  It is a theatrical rendering of music for voice and chamber ensemble by composer Christopher Cerrone.

June 20, 2019

Blackbird Creative Lab Alumni Present a Sneak Peak at Make (New) Music Chicago

~Nois Saxophone Quartet founding member and Executive Director Brandon Quarles, Make Music Chicago Artistic Director Kuang-Hao Huang, and members of Eighth Blackbird will host a concert of new music that will later be featured during the city wide festival, Make Music Chicago.

July 18, 2019

Divine Epigrams
Steven Rice, composer

Composer Steven Rice created a cantata from Richard Crashaw’s poetry and will perform songs from this collection with guest Heike Burghart Rice, piano.

August 15, 2019

New Music for Old Instruments
Leighann Daihl Ragusa, traverso

Chicago based musicians Leighann Daihl Ragusa (baroque flute d’amour) and guests Charles Metz (harpsichord) and Josefien Stoppelenburg (soprano) present contemporary music for period instruments commonly found in the baroque era by Chicago composer, Eric Malmquist (b. 1985).

September 5, 2019*

Gaudete Brass


Gaudete Brass presents a collection of works written for brass quintet with ties to Chicago, including a world premiere.

October 31, 2019*

Lakeshore Rush


Join Lakeshore Rush in the magnificent Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater!


Marcos Balter – Ignis Fatuus

Seth Boustead – Three for Zhou

Amos Gillespie – Musics and Of Nature’s Palette

Pierre Jalbert – Triple Set

Bill Ryan – Blurred

November 21, 2019

American Cello Music
Wurtz-Berger Duo

Solo and duo works for cello and piano by contemporary American composers.

December 19, 2019

Contemporary Music for Flutes and Piano
James Donahue, flute
Young-Hee Park, piano

Committed to the commissioning of new works, James Donahue presents a program with guest Young-Hee Park, piano.

  • Timothy McCormack: Hammara Pilvi
  • Toshio Hosokawa: Lied
  • Ata Ghavidel: The Shadow
  • Xingzimin Pan: Kaidan
  • Kevin Clark: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • Amanda Harberg: Court Dances