The University of Chicago's acclaimed contemporary music collective, Contempo, will conclude its 50th season by looking to the future, featuring works by UChicago’s doctoral candidates in composition, some of classical music’s most promising young composers. Tomorrow’s Music Today I takes place on May 6 in the Logan Center Performance Hall and Tomorrow’s Music Today II takes place on May 15 in Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University.
The programs feature innovative, thought-provoking compositions. On Tomorrow’s Music Today I, Timothy Page’s Humayun explores modes common to music cultures in the Middle East, while Pierce Gradone’s loose/together, composed for Pacifica Quartet, develops and transforms fragments of a pop song. Jae-Goo Lee’s Kiŏk uses traditional Korean folk song melodies to memorialize the Sewol ferry disaster in 2014.
Katherine Pukinskis’ Falut Line opens the Tomorrow’s Music Today II program. The work is an exploration of a young girl’s hope and despair while living in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime. Phil Taylor’s String Sextet entwines two main melodies, while Iddo Aharony’s Kolot features three vocalists who collaborated on his imaginative composition. These concerts will mark the world premiere for each piece on the program.
Resident ensembles eighth blackbird and Pacifica Quartet will be joined by solo and ensemble guests artists including sopranos Nina Danteand Amanda DeBoer,as well as Andrew Nogal, oboe; Matthew Oliphant, French horn andKarl Rzasa, bassoon, along with other notable artists.
Dedicated exclusively to the performance of new music, the University of Chicago’s Contempo—formerly known as the Contemporary Chamber Players— is one of the most successful new music collectives in the nation. Now in its 50th season, Contempo has earned an enviable reputation for outstanding performances of music by living composers. Shulamit Ran, artistic director, heads the collective, along with Cliff Colnot, conductor, and Pacifica Quartet and eighth blackbird as resident artists.
For more information about the upcoming concerts or for tickets, call 773.702.ARTS or visit ticketsweb.uchicago.edu.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Members of the Pacifica Quartet, part of the University of Chicago's resident ensemble contingent, Contempo. The ensemble's final 2014-2015 concerts, Tomorrow's Music Today I & II, will spotlight some of the University of Chicago's promising young composers