Thomas reflects, "I learned something new every day at the CSO. I listened to countless CDs and poured over innumerable scores of living composers. For me, it has been a huge honor to work on the MusicNOW contemporary series: giving pre-concert lectures, hosting composers and interviewing them, studying their music, sitting with them in rehearsals...I also composed eight works for the CSO, everything from chamber ensembles to full orchestra..."
Also premiering this month is Prayer and Celebration, a chamber orchestra work commissioned and performed by the Saint Paul's School Orchestra in Concord, NH, of which Thomas is an alumna. Next month, the American Guild of Organists Convention takes place in Chicago, and offers up the first performance of Angel Tears and Earth Prayers for organ and trumpet. Despite leaving Chicago, Thomas keeps a busy schedule with upcoming residencies, performances and new commissions including works for the Dallas Symphony, Traces for pianist Lang Lang, and a violin sonata for Rachel Barton Pine.
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Prayer and Celebration
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