Grossman Ensemble, Ensemble-in-Residence
The newly formed Grossman Ensemble is comprised of 13 of the nation’s leading contemporary music specialists. Members of the Grossman Ensemble include Tim Munro, flute; Andrew Nogal, oboe; Katie Schoepflin, clarinet; Taimur Sullivan, saxophone; Matthew Oliphant, horn; Greg Beyer, percussion; John Corkill, percussion; Ben Melsky, harp; Daniel Pesca, piano; and Spektral Quartet. The ensemble will workshop and perform 12 world premieres by University of Chicago faculty, students, and guest composers in the inaugural concert season. The Grossman Ensemble is supported by the Sanford J. Grossman Charitable Trust.
Spektral Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence with the Department of Music
Spektral Quartet actively pursues a vivid conversation between exhilarating works of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. With the New York Times writing that “they have everything: a supreme technical command that seems to come easily, a capacity to make complicated music clear, and, most notably...an ability to cast a magic spell”, Spektral is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.
The 2019-20 season brings three guest ensembles to campus to perform new works and share their contemporary repertoire with Chicago audiences. Third Coast Percussion will open the concert series on October 12, HEAR IN NOW will perform on October 24, and Plena Libre -- the University's Don Michael Randel Ensemble in Residence -- performs world premiere works on May 1.
CCCC champions the performance of contemporary music through a dynamic mix of programming by graduate student-, faculty-, and visiting guest composers. Each season, the Center brings contemporary music to the forefront of musical life on campus and throughout the city. The 2018-19 season includes 10 concerts with over 40 world premieres.
CCCC supports the recording of music created as part of its programs and residencies, making it possible to disseminate new works by a variety of composers and ensembles, from senior luminaries in the field of new music to exceptional junior composers and performers.
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Augusta Read Thomas
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The Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition is supported in part by generous gifts from Kay Bucksbaum and Gay Stanek.