The Chicago Tribune has named Augusta Read Thomas (87) the Chicagoan of the Year in classical music.
Thomas, an alumna and former Harry and Ruth Wyatt Chair of Music Theory and Composition at the Bienen School, spearheaded and co-curated Chicago’s monumental Ear Taxi Festival, a celebration of contemporary classical music in Chicago. Several Bienen School faculty, alumni and students were involved the October 2016 festival.
“No one else in local classical music came close to matching, let alone surpassing, what Thomas achieved with Ear Taxi… Thomas created the kind of forum for conversations across many genres Chicago had never heard before,” the Tribune article states.
“Whether it's as composer, organizer or inspiring community presence, she stands to be a vital force in the teeming landscape of Chicago new music for years to come.”