CONTEMPO ENSEMBLE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS WITH SERIES OF CONCERTS

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

BY KYLE MACMILLAN

While nearly every major city in the United States has some kind of a contemporary music ensemble or society, few can equal the longevity of the University of Chicago’s Contempo, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of concerts beginning Jan. 24.

One of this country’s best-known champions of new music, the Kronos Quartet, for example, marked its 40th anniversary two years ago. Present Music began in Milwaukee in 1982, and New York City’s Bang on a Can All-Stars, are comparative newcomers, making their debut in 1992.

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