Dolce Suono Ensemble, founded by flutist and artistic director Mimi Stillman in 2005, presents highly acclaimed chamber music concerts in Philadelphia and on tour, and engages in educational outreach partnerships with Philadelphia public schools. Its active commissioning program has led to 23 world premieres in seven seasons by eminent composers. In 2011, Dolce Suono Ensemble premiered works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and Grammy Award winner Steven Mackey as part of its Center-funded Mahler 100 / Schoenberg 60 project. The project continued in 2012 with the premiere of Shulamit Ran's major new commissioned work Moon Songs, sung by soprano Lucy Shelton.
Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series presented Mahler 100/Schoenberg 60, a two-season commissioning project marking the centennial of Gustav Mahler's death and the 60th anniversary of the death of Arnold Schoenberg with premiere performances of six new works. In year one, David Ludwig, Steven Mackey, Fang Man, Stratis Minakakis, and Steven Stucky composed chamber works for bass-baritone Eric Owens and the Dolce Suono Ensemble, reflecting on the music of Mahler. The program included Mahler's first song cycle, Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen ("Songs of a Wayfarer"). In year two, Dolce Suono was joined by soprano Lucy Shelton in the premiere of a new work by Pulitzer Prize winner Shulamit Ran, composed in response to Schoenberg and played on a program that includes his seminal Pierrot Lunaire. The project included composer discussions, open rehearsals, educational programs, and master classes.