CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

BY GERALD FISHER

Through fifty years of good times and lean the University of Chicago’s new music collective Contempo has faithfully presented challenging programs and fostered the careers of impressive composers and performers. Saturday night at the Logan Center for the Arts the ensemble celebrated their achievements in the first of two programs, “Contempo at 50: Now and Then,” which included three world premieres.

The six-member eighth blackbird, Contempo’s ensemble-in-residence, presented the world premiere of Wave, written for them by Lee Hyla, whose untimely death last year deprived Contempo of a fertile collaborator and friend.

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