Laura Schwendinger at the performance of her Six Choral Settings with the Trinity Chor and Julian Wachner conducting, at Zankel Hall with the trinity Choir, May 2012

Some Recent and Upcoming concerts with works by Laura Elise Schwendinger

Check back in late Septemeber for more listings


Upcoming works and premieres (listed with most recent first)



Nov. 12, 2009        The Waking Dream for flute and ochestra; Richmond Symphony Orchestra, League of American Orchestras/ Music Alive Residency with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra

The league’s Music Alive: New Partnership Press Releases

2015/ 2016    A new work for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, a Koussevitzky Foundation awarded commission(awarded Sept. 2014)

Friday, May 8, 2015    JACK performs at Wisconsin Union theater with the world premiere of Laura Schwendinger's new string quartet, Creature Quartet, with animation by French aristist Pauline Gagniere

The world premiere recording to be released on Albany Records, Summer 2014; Recording at Oktaven studio NY, supported by grants from Columbia Univ. Ditson foundation, a New Music USA CAPgrant, and from the Roger Shapiro foundation and the UW Graduate School


Spring 2015    A new work, Lakeshore Rush, Chicago

Spring 2015    Aviary, a new percussion work, for Clocks in Motion

2015     Daniel Grabois, Rapture and Bull By the Horn, Faculty Artist Series, UW Madison

March 22, 2015 The Violinists in My Life, Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen, piano; UW Madison, Crumb Festival

March, 2015 The Violinists in My Life, Miranda Cuckson and Blair McMillen, piano; Zinc Bar, New York

Jan. 2015  COMPOSERS AMONG US: LAURA SCHWENDINGER, with Arc of Fire and other works, Lincoln Trio, A Chamber Music America Commission, at WFMT studios, Chicago,Relevant Tones, New York. Chamber Music America commission series.

Jan. 2015    Patricia Green, mezzo soprano, in two performances of About A Mountai;at University of Western Ontario, and on the Primavera concert series, St. Catherine's, Ontario

Nov. 20, 2014  Soprano Nanette McGuinness, premiere of Three Kay Ryan Settings, Center for New Music, San Francisco. With with Dale Tsang, piano, and Adaiha MacAdam-Somer, cello




Aug. 22, 2014  High Wire Act, Bennington Chamber Music Conference. With Conor Nelson, flute; Eriko Sato, violin; Kate Vincent, viola; Michael Finckel, cello and Blair McMillen, piano. Bennington Vermont.

Aug. 19, 2014  Wet Ink, premiere, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Bennington Vermont.

Aug. 8, 2014  Arc of Fire, Lincoln Trio, A Chamber Music America Commission, at Bryant Park, New York. Chamber Music America Commission series.

April 19, 2014   Arc of Fire, Lincoln Trio, A Chamber Music America Commission, on WFMT's radio show Relevant Tones, MERIT school of Music, Chicago

March 7, 2014 from Srtring Quartet in three movements, move. 1 with the JACK Quartet. Merkin Hall, New York.

Feb. 3/14,      High Wire Act, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Subscription Season 21, Some Serious Fun, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Jan. 30/14,   High Wire Act, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble Subscription Season 21, Some Serious Fun, 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley

Nov. 2,3 2013    High Wire Act, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, A Vision so So Composed, First Church in Boston

May 5, 2013   Equatorial Jungle, CONCERT XXIII, Riverside Recital Hall, University of Iowa, Sole Nero; Jessica Johnson, piano and Anthony Di Sanza, percussion 

April 12, 2013    Sinfonietta, The New Juilliard Ensemble, Joel Sachs, conductor at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

March 18, 2013    The Violinists in My Life, Desiree Ruhstrat and Marta Aznavoorian; Union League Club, Chicago

March 4, 2013    The Violinists in My Life, Wei He  Hot Air Festival, the New Music Festival of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Feb. 24, 2013    in Just spring-   Dawn Upshaw with pianist Kayo Iwama, Longy School of Music Boston, Bard "First Songs" series

Feb. 21, 2013    in Just spring-   Dawn Upshaw with pianist Kayo Iwama, Morgan Library in NYC, Bard "First Songs" series;

Feb. 18, 2013  C'e La Luna Questa Sera? The Center for New Music Ensmble; University of Iowa,

Nov. 16, 2012  Llorona premiere with The UW Madison Concert Choir, Beverly Taylor Director

Nov. 9, 2012 Treetop Studio for clarinet and cello. A work written for the Duo in memory of Andfew Inbrie. Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello and John Sackett, clarinet. UC Santa Cruz

Nov. 10, 2012 Treetop Studio for clarinet and cello. Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello Faculty Artist recital, SF Conservatory of Music

Oct. 8, 2012    The Violinists in My Life, Wei He violinist. San Francisco Conservatory of Music Faculty Artist Series (other regional premieres TBA by Miranda Cuckson, Curtis Macomber, Desiree Ruhstrat and Eleanor Bartsch)waking dream

Sept. 16, 21, 22, 2012    Footfalls, a companion piece to the Beckett play, as part of Sounding Beckett (see reviews on review page)

for Cygnus Ensemble's Sounding Beckett Project at Classic Stage Company

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SOUNDING BECKETT - a singular evening of theater and music that pairs three plays by Samuel Beckett from his "ghost period" with new works by contemporary composers written expressly in response to those plays - will be presented September 14-23 at the Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13 St.) in Manhattan. This world-premiere production is directed by the award-winning theatre director Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director of The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. along with the voice of the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant.

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June 2012            String Quartet in three movements, JACK Quartet, New Music on the Point

June 2012           Sudden Light, Jennifer Beattie with members of the JACK Quartet (Chris Otto, Ari Striesfeld and Kevin McFarland)

May 2012            Equatorial Jungle, Sole Nero with Jessica Johnson and Anthony Di'Sanza. MOMA New Muse Festival

May 2012             Six Choral Settings, Carnegie Zankel Hall, Trinity Choir, Julian Wachner Director

Dec. 2, 2011       High Wire Act, Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, Glenn Hackbarth Director.

Nov. 4, 2011       C'e La Luna Questa Sera? Lincoln Trio, Morrison Artist Series, McKenna Theater, SF State University

Oct. 26, 2011      C'e La Luna Questa Sera? Lincoln Trio, (le) Poisson Rouge, New York

Aug. 19, 2011     The Lincoln Trio, play C'e La Luna Questa Sera at The Ravinia Festival, with CD release party

May 6, 2011         MISE-EN-SCENE, commisioned by Boston Musica Viva

March 7, 2011      Nonet, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Pollack Hall

March 4, 2011      SHADINGS for American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Zankel Hall, UNSAFE Series,In collaboration with lighting artist Leni Schwendinger

Jan. 23, 2011        Song for Andrew, Empyrean Ensemble, Mondavi Performing Arts Center

Jan. 6, 2011          About a Mountain, Commissioned by Julia Bentley and Mary Stolper, DePaul University, Chicago

Jan. 8, 2011          About a Mountain, Nichols Auditorium, Chicago; Jan. 8, 2011 WFMT, Chicago

Dec. 1, 2010         High Wire Act, The University of Boulder Pendulum Series

Nov. 18, 2010       A newly commissioned work for Stony Brook New Music Ensemble at Merkin Hall

Nov. 17, 2010       A newly commissioned work for the Stony Brook New Music Ensemble, Stony Brook

Nov. 14, 2010       C'e La Luna Questa Sera? Lincoln Trio, The Music Institute of Chicago

Nov. 11, 2010       String Quartet in three movements, Jack Quartet, University of Iowa

Nov. 10, 2010       String Quartet in three movements, Jack Quartet, University of Wisconsin Madison

Nov. 7/ 8, 2010     High Wire Act, The Aspen Ensemble, Calgary ProMusica

Oct. 10, 2010        High Wire Act, Voices of Change Ensemble, Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX

Oct. 9, 2010          Chiaroscuo Azzurro, San Francisco Conservatory New Music Ensemble with Nicole Paiement, Wei He violin soloist

July 25, 2010        Song for Andrew, the New Juilliard Ensemble at MOMA Summergarden series

April 14, 2010        High Wire Act, Aspen Ensemble, University of Baltimore, Spotlight Arts Series

April 5, 2010          Garden Of Earthly Delights, Cygnus Ensemble, Cutting Edge Concerts, Symphony Space New York, see review in NY Times

March 27, 2010     Equatorial Jungle, Sole Nero, Goshen College, Rieth Hall

March 15, 2010     Rapture, Musicians Club of Chicago, Union League Club, Chicago with Kuang Hao-piano and and Paula Kowsower-cello

March 12, 2010     Van Gogh Nocturnes, Christopher Taylor, Faculty Artist recital, UW Madison

March 5, 2010       An evening of music by Laura Elise Schwendinger, Four Score Festival, Music Inst. of Chicago

Nov. 24, 2009
       The Equatorial Jungle for piano and percussion, Sole Nero with Jessica Johnson and Tony Di'Sanza,

Nov. 14, 2009        High Wire Act, with Eighth Blackbird and Contempo: A New Music Collective, University of Chicago. Shulamit Ran, Artistic Dir.

Nov. 12, 2009        The Waking Dream for flute and chamber ochestra; Christina Jennings, UW Madison Chamber Orchestra

Oct. 17, 2009          High Wire Act, the Delfinians Project, Fresno State University New Music Festival

July 17/ 18, '09         High Wire Act (in clarinet version), Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, City Theatre Mainstage, Pittsburgh

April 7 , 2009         Song for Andrew, University of Wisconsin Contemporary Chamber Players at UW Madison

April 1, 2009           Air and Buenos Aires for piano, Jenny Lin at BargeMusic, New York City

April 1, 2009           Sonata for Solo Violin, Lina Bahn at UW Madison

March 2009            High Wire Act (arranged for clarinet, violin, cello and piano), Orion Ensemble, Chicago; 3/18 Ganz Hall (7:30pm), 3/22,Fox Valley Presbyterian (7:00), 2/29) Nichols Hall (3pm) The Orion ensemble (Chicago, 3/18-22-29/08;)

March 26 2009      Peu de Morceau, Illinois State University New Music Festival, Angelo Favis Guitar; also Houghton College NY (2/19) and Crane School of Music at Suny Potsdam (2/21)

March 18, 2009     Air and Buenos Aires; Jenny Lin-piano at Greenwich House Music School , New York City; Women's Work

Feb. 26, 2009         Asherah, Joe Wytko saxophone, at UW Madison

Dec. 16, 2008        Garden of Earthly Delights, William Anderson and the Cygnus Ensemble, Sarah Lawrence College

Dec. 13, 2008        High Wire Act, Left Bank Bank Concert Society, Terrace Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 29, 2008      High Wire Act (2008), American Modern Ensemble, Times Center NYC

May 6, 2008          Song for Andrew (2008) for violin, viola, cello and piano (2008) for Young-Nam Kim and Sally Chisholm, in memory of Andrew Imbrie

March 27, 2008      Chiaroscuro Azzurro (2008), a Miller Theater Commission for Jennifer Koh with the International Contemporary Ensemble

March 8 , 2008       Three's a Crowd (2007), for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba for theB3+ ensemble,with trombonist Dave Taylor, trumpeter Franz Hackl, John Clark, horn*

March 4, 2008      Three's a Crowd (2007), for Trumpet, Trombone and Tuba, The B3+ ensemble, Dave Taylor, Franz Hackl and John Clark

Nov. 18, 2007       Christopher Taylor solos in Laura's Chamber Concerto with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble of the University of Wisconsin Madison

April 22, 2007         High Wire Act, The Contemporary Music Forum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

March 28, 2007    Esprimere Concerto for cello and orchestra (2005) Matt Haimovitz and the UW Symphony Orchestra, UW Madison

Feb. 1, 2007          High Wire Act Florida State University New Music Festival, Tallahassee, Florida

Nov. 30, 2006       Aerialist for solo flute (2006) Christina Jennings at Symphony Space, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater, New York City

Oct. 29, 2006         C'e La Luna Questa Sera? Pinotage Ensemble, New Music Chicago: Sonic Impact, Museum of Contemporary Art

Oct. 3, 2006        2 little who (2004) for violin and guitar. Duo 42, UW Madison

Oct. 2006             Basso Non-Profund for Bass solo (2006) David Murray and the Chicago Composer's Consortium

May 5, 2006            Elements for Percussion Ensemble (2006) Written for and premiered by Anthony Di Sanza and his Western Percussion Ensemble

April 24, 2006       C'e La Luna Questa Sera in this version for violin, cello and piano, Lincoln Trio

April 21, 2004       Rapture, Catherine Ramiraz, Lake Shore Chamber Music, Chicago

March 2, 2005       Respiro, for Sally Chisholm and Christopher Taylor, Contemporary Music Ensemble, University of Wisconsin-Madison New Music Ensemble

Nov. 15, 2005       High Wire Act, Christina Jennings and Bright Music, OK; Commisioned by Brightmusic

April 5, 2005         Betes de la Mer, University of Wisconsin Madison Chamber Orchestra

May 5,7, 2005       New 2 little whos, Ahlert & Schwab, Chicago Composer's Consortium

Feb. 22, 2004       Chansons Innocentes, Patricia Green in recital at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Feb. 5, 2004         Celestial City, Florida State University, Festival of New Music

Dec. 12, 2004       Rapture, Chicago Composer's Consortium

Oct. 26, 2004      Fable, University of Wisconsin Madison Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Oct. 4, 2004           Nonet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, WFMT Radio Concert

March 13, 2004    Lontano,CUBE, South Loop Festival, Columbia College Concert Hall at the Music Center, 7:30PM

March 11, 2004      Lontano, for oboe, cello and percussion. CUBE, First Hearings, Columbia College Concert Hall at the Music Center, 12:30PM

March 5, 2004      Rapture, for cello and piano. Concert 7, 2004 Society of Composers, National Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Mitchell Hall.  Greg Sauer, Cello.

Nov. 17, 2003       La Charmeuse De Serpents, CUBE WFMT Radio Concert.

Aug. 16, 2003       Fable, Ear Unit at Arcosanti

Aug. 2, 2003       Magic Carpet Music, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

May 4, 2003       Magic Carpet Music (1999) for flute, clarinet (bass), violin and Cello. (13:00) Dinosaur Annex, First & Second Church, Back Bay, Boston, MA.

April 25, 2003      Rapture (1999, adapted 2003), Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Akademiekonzerte, Berlin. Jens Peter Maintz-Violoncello, Stephan Kiefer-Klavier

April 23, 2003    Magic Carpet Music for piano(2003) Jenny Lin. Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Preston Bradley Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center. Broadcast, WMFT Radio

April 12, 2003       Magic Carpet Music for piano (2003) Jenny Lin, Galapagos Art Space, NYC. (Dennehy, Gervasoni, Kampela, Ligeti, Staud, Schwendinger)

Feb. 23, 2003    Fable, Collage New Music. Harvard University. The Boston Globe "This was shrewd composing, the genuine article. Onto the "season's best" it goes"

Jan. 24, 2003    String Quartet, the Arditti String Quartet. A Harvard Musical Association performance of awarded commission. MIT, Cambridge, MA

Jan. 22, 2003      Celestial City (2003) Spectrum Concerts of Berlin. Koussevitzky Foundation Commission, premiere at Berlin Philharmonic recital Hall.