2018-19 Concert Series

The Center will present a ten-concert concert season including: 40 world premieres, seven guest composers who have been commissioned for new compositons, three guest ensembles, a new resident ensemble, and a series of open rehearsals and interactive experiences.

Saturday, October 13, 2018 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
The genre-bending percussion and piano quartet, described as “fascinating and exciting, with playing that is precise and full of purpose . . .” (George Grella, Brooklyn Rail), performs works by Misato Mochizuki, and Enno Poppe, and brand new music by Will Myers and Clay Mettens. (World Premiere)

Thursday, November 8, 2018 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Penthouse
Tyshawn Sorey Trio Composer/drummer
Tyshawn Sorey is widely considered to be among the most important young artists at the intersection between composed and improvised music. He is one of the most in-demand drummers on the modern jazz scene -- known for his impossibly virtuosic technique and his mind-boggling ability to effortlessly master even the most difficult written scores -- but is also one of a rare breed of jazz musicians who is pursuing composition as seriously as performance.

Friday, December 7, 2018 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble
Ben Bolter, conductor

Ben Bolter made his orchestral conducting debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at age 25, with the Washington Post praising his performance: “Bolter spotlighted the showiest aspects…and made it look easy.” He conducts the newly formed Grossman Ensemble in their debut performance with a program of world premiere works by Sam Pluta, David Rakowski, Shulamit Ran, and the CCCC Postdoctoral Researcher Tonia Ko.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 / Constellation
World Premieres by Maria Kaoutzani, Joungbum Lee, David Clay Mettens, and Will Myers performed by Spektral Quartet and guests

Friday, March 15, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble
James Baker, conductor

The Grossman Ensemble presents works by Chen Yi, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, and University of Chicago graduate composers Rodrigo Bussad and Jack Hughes. James Baker, Music Director and Conductor of the Composers Conference at Wellesley College and Director of the Percussion Ensemble at Mannes College of Music, conducts the performance.

Friday, April 12, 2019 / Hairpin Arts Center
Spaces Inside Spaces
World Premieres by Jack Hughes, Alison Yun-Fei Jiang, Ted Moore, and Rodrigo Bussad performed by ~NOIS Saxophone Quartet

Thursday, May 2, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Augmented Pianos
Explore the synergy of pianos and technology, as musicians work with pianos and audio equipment to push the sonic capabilities of the instrument.

Friday, June 7, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble
David Dzubay, conductor

In the final concert of the season, the Grossman Ensemble presents four world premiere works by Kate Soper, Steve Lehman, Joungbum Lee, and David Dzubay, who will also conduct the concert.

PLUS: A concert featuring the works of UChicago Undergraduate and Masters composers AND a concert featuring the premiere of nine orchestral works by UChicago composers! More details to be announced later in 2018 

“Music’s eternal quality is its capacity for change, transformation, and renewal”

— Augusta Read Thomas


The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is supported in part by generous gifts from Kay Bucksbaum and Gay Stanek.