New Music Chicago Presents

Third Thursday of Every Month • Free Admission • 12–12:45pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

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New Music Chicago advocates for the importance of a vital, vibrant music scene in our city and its geographical region. We are a membership organization that connects creators and supporters of non-mainstream and experimental music, supporting our passionate community through a mix of online and in–person services, including a calendar, social media presence, networking opportunities, professional development, and occasional performances, serving both emerging and established artists. Visit New Music Chicago online at


Gaudete BrassBright Blue Steel

Thursday, September 5, 12–12:45pm

Gaudete Brass explores the different colors and sounds that brass instruments can create through new works by Jonathan Newman and Robert Patterson. Patterson grew up spending time in his father’s studio who was a sculptor primarily working with metal and in his brass quintet Shine, he explores the colorful aspects of four different metals. Jonathan Newman wrote Bright Blue Steel for Gaudete Brass as part of a celebration of John Corigliano’s 75th Birthday. Newman based this work on Carl Sandburg’s brilliant young Chicago Poems and truly captures the strength of brass and Chicago.

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Thursday, October 31, 12–12:45pm


Amy WurtzAmerican Music Project Commission

Thursday, November 21, 12–12:45pm

A newly commissioned chamber piece by Amy Wurtz accompanied by contemporary American solo piano music.


Contemporary Music for Flutes and Piano

Thursday, December 19, 12–12:45pm

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


  • Timothy McCormack: Hammara Pilvi (2008)
  • Toshio Hosokawa: Lied for flute and piano (2007)
  • Ata Ghavidel: The Shadow for solo flute (2017)
  • Xingzimin Pan: Kaidan for flute and piano (2013)
  • Kevin Clark: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock for solo alto flute and narration (2009)
  • Amanda Harberg: Court Dances for flute and piano (2017)

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