Concert Programs

Philip Glass

“What Glass is doing is changing the face of music for our time and all time.”
– The Daily Telegraph


Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.

In 2018, Third Coast Percussion will premiere a new work by Glass – his first ever composed specifically for percussion ensemble.

The new work will be 15-20 minutes in duration, and be paired on a concert program with a new work commissioned for TCP from Gavin Bryars, plus works by Third Coast Percussion that draw inspiration from Glass’s work.

Bookmark this project page to stay up-to-date on the project as it develops.

Projected premiere in December 2018.
Co-commissioning opportunities available.

Paddle to the Sea

A multimedia journey to the open sea

“Third Coast reminded listeners that the common humanity and concern for nature embedded in Holling’s story and Mason’s film transcends North American cultures, extending to artists and storytellers across all seas.”
– Nicholas Stevens,

“Arresting and enjoyable”
– Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.

Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The performance will flow together as a seamless whole, with Third Coast Percussion using the existing music as a jumping-off point for the new music they compose.

Paddle to the Sea underscores the geographic, economic, and cultural connections in our shared waterways, and it also asks us to consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods, provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our thirst. This project will ask those same questions through live performance and residency activities.

Contact Liz Pesnel from Third Coast Percussion for more information: [email protected]

JACOB DRUCKMAN Reflections on the Nature of Water

TCP with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

“Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away.”
The Washington Post

Photo by Quinn B Wharton

Third Coast Percussion first collaborated with this internationally-renowned contemporary dance company in 2014, on a performance that combined Jiří Kylián’s Falling Angels with Steve Reich’s iconic work, Drumming.

Since that first collaboration, the two Chicago-based organizations have given over a dozen performances together both in Chicago and on tour.

In 2018, HSDC and TCP will team up for an original, evening length work that will tour select dates in the 2018/19 season.

For more information, contact Ilter Ibrahimof at Sunny Artist Management: [email protected].

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Lyrical Geometry

“Virtuosity and deft, precisely timed wit” – Washington Post

Photo by Rich Polk/WireImage

“An inspirational sense of fun and curiosity”
 -Minnesota Star-Tribune

“Commandingly elegant”
 -New York Times

For over ten years, Third Coast Percussion has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. This program highlights the ensemble’s most exciting recent work, featuring music from TCP’s Grammy-winning album of Steve Reich’s work, new works written for the ensemble by acclaimed composers Glenn Kotche and Augusta Read Thomas, and TCP’s own original music.

Read a feature article
about Third Coast Percussion’s concerts, residencies, and other activities from The Chicago Tribune.

Click above to hear selections from this program.

GLENN KOTCHE Wild Sound, mvt 4
AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Resounding Earth, mvt 2
STEVE REICH Mallet Quartet
ROBERT DILLON (TCP) Ordering-Instincts
DAVID SKIDMORE (TCP) Aliens with Extraordinary Abilities