There’s something to be said for the classics. But there’s also something special about being able to see a composerand hear their work at the same time. Enter Contempo, a contemporary classical concert series featuring music only by living composers from University Chicago Presents. Contempo kicks off its 48th season Saturday night.
With works from University of Chicago faculty, Grammy-award winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird the Pacifica Quartet will be among several of the artists on hand to play during the performance. The concert will feature works composed by Pulitzer Prize winner and Contempo’s artistic director, Shulamit Ran, as well as Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer in Residence Augusta Read Thomas, and Mara Ptaszynska and Anthony Cheung.
It’s not difficult to see why the members of Third Coast Percussion have such energy when they perform. The music is exciting. The rhythms are different. And the sheer action of playing percussion instruments doesn’t hurt either.