Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 20, 2018
World Premiere

"When Did We See You?"

by Dominick DiOrio

St. James Cathedral
65 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611 


Sunday, July 8, 2018
World Premiere

The Passion of Yeshua

by Richard Danielpour

Oregon Bach Festival
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
1 Eugene CenterEugene, OR 97401


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World Premiere: When Did We See You?

DiOrio world premiere

In honor of the 80th birthday of Dr. Richard Gieser, SDG’s Board Chairman Emerita, SDG Music Foundation and Kaye Filkin have commissioned a moving new choral work “When Did We See You?” by composer Dominick DiOrio. The World Premiere will be performed as part of an inspiring afternoon of choral music by Cor Cantiamo, under the direction of Eric A. Johnson. The premiere takes place on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the beautiful St. James Cathedral in Chicago.


World Premiere: The Passion of Yeshua

Richard Danielpour

Co-commissioned by SDG Music Foundation in association with the Oregon Bach Festival and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, award-winning American composer Richard Danielpour has written a full-length, dramatic oratorio for chorus, orchestra, and four soloists. The Passion of Yeshua—presented in both Hebrew and English—brings the last twelve hours of Jesus’ life back to its Jewish origins. The World Premiere is scheduled for July 8, 2018, at the Oregon Bach Festival.


The Richard G. Gieser Commission Endowment

Richard Gieser

Since the founding of SDG in 1993, Dr. Richard Gieser has dedicated time, talents, and treasure toward the mission of creating new works of classical sacred music. The results thus far are 43 commissioned works from 32 composers of 10 nationalities, with premieres and repeat performances in concert halls and houses of worship across the United States, Great Britain, and Europe. To ensure this important legacy endures, SDG has established The Richard G. Gieser Commission Endowment.


Robert Beaser - Oct 2017 SDG Composer of the Month

Robert Beaser

Picture this: A five-year-old boy goes to a piano recital and asks if he can play one of his own compositions on the program. The problem? The boy has never taken piano lessons, and it’s not his recital—it’s his older brother’s!

But for young composer Robert Beaser, this was no problem at all. He just wanted to play his music.

Blame it on “The Moldau.” 


SDG Fourth Annual Fall Gala, October 28, 2017

The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago

The much-anticipated highlight of this year's Fall Gala is the World Premiere of Pulitzer-finalist Carter Pann's trio for flute, cello, and piano, commissioned by SDG. The work, titled "Melodies for Robert," is a celebration of the life of flutist and SDG supporter Robert Vincent Jones (1920–2016). It will be performed by The Heare Ensemble—Jennie Brown (flute), Kurt Fowler (cello), and Jennifer Blyth (piano).