February 1, 2013

Featuring New York-based nunc, directed by violinist Miranda Cuckson

Presenter: Contempo
Performers: nunc: Miranda Cuckson, violin; Cyrus Beroukhim, violin; David Fulmer, viola; Chris Gross, cello; Blair McMillen, piano; and Charles Neidich, clarinet   
Date: Friday, March 1, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm pre-concert discussion with Shulamit Ran and Miranda Cuckson, moderated by Andrew Patner; 7:30 pm concert
Venue:  Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
The University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637
Tickets:  $25; students $5 with valid ID, purchase through the UChicago Arts Box Office
Program: Two for Five (Concerto Grosso) for clarinet and strings
String Quartet No. 10 “Quartet D'Amore”
Five for violin and piano
Piano Quintet

The University of Chicago’s new music group, Contempo, celebrates its founder, the late Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), in a tribute concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 1. Shapey, a renowned composer and conductor, founded the Contemporary Chamber Players (now Contempo) at UChicago 48 years ago.
 
Contempo: Tribute to Ralph Shapey is curated by Shulamit Ran, the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music at the University of Chicago. Ran, Contempo’s Artistic Director and a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, studied with Shapey.
 
Ran and violinist Miranda Cuckson, will discuss Shapey's work at 6:30 pm. Andrew Patner, WFMT Critic-at-Large, will moderate the discussion. The concert will take place in the Performance Hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637. Tickets are $25; students $5 with valid ID and can be purchased through the UChicago Arts Box Office.
 
Shapey joined the UChicago music faculty in 1964, becoming a vital force in the musical life of not only Chicago, but also the nation. He taught composition and conducting, and guest conducted throughout America and Europe. Shapey founded the Contemporary Chamber Players–later renamed Contempo–in the fall of 1964 and continued to direct the ensemble until his retirement in 1993.  
 
Featured performers for the tribute concert are members of the prestigious, New York-based new music ensemble nunc, some of Ralph Shapey’s most ardent and brilliant advocates, and led by Cuckson. As Shapey once did, Cuckson, creates her own way of leading a new generation of musicians. A passionate champion of contemporary works, she is an enthusiastic and sought-after advocate in the area of new music performance and has recorded six much-lauded solo albums, including two recordings of the violin music of Shapey.
 
“Our tribute to Shapey, featuring his searing and visionary music in performance by some of his most passionate and committed champions, exemplifies what he as founder set out to accomplish with the Contemporary Chamber Players, and what defines Contempo as a new music collective: drawing on the finest across generations and artistic forces to bring to our audiences the music as the composer imagined it,” said Ran.
 
Cuckson said, “Shapey was particularly inspired by Beethoven, and I love the gritty strength, abundance of energy, and the radiant joy of both Shapey and Beethoven. Shapey’s late music, like other great artists’ late work, conveys alternately a sense of spiritual ecstasy, spacious calm, noble striving and released joy.”
 
“I think there should always be a treasured place for those like Shapey who engaged with the collective learning and achievements of our musical forbears and sought to continue these values into the present in their work. As a violinist, I enjoy playing Shapey's music because he was a violinist and he wrote both very naturally and very challengingly for the instrument. I also love his slow movements, which are expansive like a vast landscape, and his impish, goofy humor, and the mighty ruggedness of some of his music,” Cuckson added.
 
Dedicated exclusively to the performance of contemporary classical music, Contempo is one of the oldest and most successful professional new music groups in the nation. Contempo continues as the vanguard of adventurous new works and cutting-edge programs. Under the direction of Ran, Contempo introduces audiences to the bold visions of today’s most innovative composers. Its five-concert season features performances by two of UChicago Department of Music’s acclaimed, Grammy-winning ensembles-in-residence, the Pacifica Quartet and eighth blackbird, conductor Cliff Colnot, as well as guest appearances by other Chicago area interpreters of contemporary music.
 
Contempo: Tribute to Ralph Shapey is made possible by a generous gift from the family of Elsa Charlston, Shapey’s widow.
 
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Contempo Winter/Spring 2013 Schedule
 

Contempo: Tribute to Ralph Shape:
Tribute to Ralph Shapey
Friday, March 1, 2013, 7:30 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637
$25 | $5 students

Contempo: Double Bill:
Double Bill
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14, 2013, 3:00 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637
Tickets: $25 | $5 students
 

Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today I:
Tomorrow's Music Today I
Friday, May 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
Fulton Recital Hall
The University of Chicago, Fulton Recital Hall, 5845 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637
Tickets: Free

Contempo: Tomorrow's Music Today II:
Tomorrow's Music Today II
Friday, May 17, 2013, 7:30 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall
University of Chicago, 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637
Tickets: Free
 
About University of Chicago Presents
Founded in 1943, University of Chicago Presents is Chicago's preeminent presenter of the world's greatest artists of chamber music in a variety of genres and venues. UCP features Chicago debut performances and rarely heard programs of works by outstanding ensembles and musicians from around the world.

Each year UCP brings a wide array of world-class professional soloists and chamber music ensembles to the University of Chicago through its three main concert series and annual jazz concerts. UCP’s Classic Concert Series features recitalists and chamber music ensembles performing music from the Classical period through the present, and regularly includes Chicago debut performances by outstanding musicians and ensembles as well as distinctive programs of works not often heard in the city. UCP’s Howard Mayer Brown International Music Series brings acclaimed artists from around the globe, who otherwise would be known to local audiences only through recordings, for the historically appropriate performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoire. UCP’s Artist-in-Residence Series features concerts by Pacifica Quartet, who join fellow Grammy-award winning new music ensemble-in-residence eighth blackbird to an anchor the Contempo Series.
 
The 2012-2013 season, entitled “Treasured, True and New,” features both celebrated and rising international artists in repertoire ranging from early music to classical, and from jazz to contemporary music. “Treasured, True and New” features 22 performances of the highest caliber spanning the spectrum of classical music. Performers hail from eight different countries and offer unrivaled musical experiences.
 
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