Featuring Augusta Read Thomas

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Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas has amassed a following among orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, vocalists, and music enthusiasts with her unique creations of vibrant, bold fantasy in sound. From where does she draw inspiration, and how does she translate what’s in her head to her scores? Join Thomas on a visual, tactile, and auditory journey through her musical world as she shares her sketches, manuscripts, and methodology for composing.

Contact harperlectures@uchicago.edu or 773.702.7788.

Event Details

6:30p.m.  Registration and networking
7:00p.m.  Presentation and discussion
8:00p.m.  Reception

$10/recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for Class of 2015 UChicago alumni
Two complimentary registrations for members of the Chicago, Harper, Phoenix, and Medical and Biological Alumni Leadership Societies

Parking Information

Parking is $36 for up to 12 hours. Please drop your car off at the valet in front and pick it up from the hotel basement garage (accessible from 29th and 30th Streets).

Featured Faculty


Augusta Read Thomas was composer in residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has served as board chair of the American Music Center, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her compositions have been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles.

Watch Thomas’s performances, listen to her music, and purchase her most recent albums, Music for Strings and Selected Works for Orchestra.