2019-20 Concert Season

Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition's second season will give life to over 40 new works! 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Third Coast Percussion
Grammy-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion opens the contemporary season with an evening of engaging works and world premieres. The program includes works by TCP’s Peter Martin, emerging composer Ayanna Woods, Alex Lunsqui, along with world premieres by Rodrigo Bussad and G.F. Haas. Guests are invited to an after-party with the artists.  
$15, students free with ID / Subcription series

Thursday, October 24, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Penthouse
A world-caliber collective of women working in a class almost entirely their own, HEAR in NOW is a string trio that composes and improvises fluidly between free jazz and contemporary classical, folk, and avant-garde music. HEAR in NOW has become a rare egalitarian ensemble for the three highly active musicians, who are as often singular bandleaders as they are side women. HEAR in NOW musicians are Mazz Swift on violin/vocals, Silvia Bolognesi on doublebass, and Tomeka Reid on cello. The concert is presented in partnership with the Experimental Music Series, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, Arts, Science + Culture Initiative, and the UChicago Arts fund.

Friday, December 6, 2019 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble with Michael Lewanski
The CCCC resident ensemble takes the stage for its first concert of the season, conducted by Michael Lewanski. The ensemble that "filled the evening with wonder and, at times, awe" (Third Coast Review) premieres four works by distinguished guest composer Tania León, Grossman Ensemble co-director Anthony Cheung, and UChicago composers Will Myers and Alison Yun-Fei Jiang. Guests are invited to an after-party with the artists.  
$15, students free with ID / Subcription series

Saturday, January 11, 2020 / 8 PM / SITE/less
Sounds and Spirits 

Saxophonist Allison Balcetis premieres six works by UChicago graduate composers Hunter Brown, Rodrigo Bussad, Maria Kaoutzani, Will Myers, Andrew Stock, and Justin Weiss in a unique installation space. Mixologist Gregory Tatavosian offers samples of handcrafted cocktails inspired by each of the new works.

Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29, 2020 / Logan Center Penthouse
CHIMEFest 2020: Circulations
Live Electronics Symposium

The CHIME (Chicago Integrated Media Experimental) Studio invites many of the world’s leading live- electronics performers for talks and concerts focused on themes of interaction and experimentation. The 2020 keynote speaker is Cathy van Eck, a composer, sound artist, and researcher who focuses on composing relationships between everyday objects, human performers, and sound.

*Postponed - Friday, March 13, 2020 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble with Jerry Hou

Chicago's newest ensemble of contemporary music specialists are lead by Jerry Hou in the premieres of works by guest composers Paula Matthusen and Stephen A. Taylor, along with a work by UChicago composer David Clay Mettens, and the 2019-20 Postdoctoral Researcher Ashkan Behzadi.
$15, students free with ID / Subcription series

*Postponed (rescheduled for Autumn 2020) - Saturday, April 11, 2020 / 8 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
New Chamber Concerti

UChicago graduate student composers offer new perspectives on the concerto in miniature form. Michael Lewanski conducts the premieres of seven new chamber concerti for some of Chicago’s leading instrumentalists composed by Ashkan Behzadi, Darlene Castro, Baldwin Giang, David “Clay” Mettens, Ted Moore, Gabriel Novak, and Yuting Tan.

*Postponed (rescheduled for January 2021) - Friday, May 1, 2020 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Plena Libre

A dynamic synergy between various musical traditions and practices opens up new vistas to music makers and lovers when UChicago’s Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence, Plena Libre, performs the world premieres of seven graduate composers works as the culmination of a yearlong collaborative project.

*Postponed - Friday, June 5, 2020 / 7:30 PM / Logan Center Performance Hall
Grossman Ensemble with Oliver Hagen

The Grossman Ensemble closes the CCCC's second season with four new works, conducted by Oliver Hagen. Guest composers Zosha DiCastri, Jay Alan Yim, Du Yun, and David Serkin Ludwig share their world premieres with the Chicago community.
$15, students free with ID / Subcription series