Third Coast contributes to 'youthquake' in city's new-music scene

by John von Rhein

Sitting in a packed house of excited, engaged young people at a concert by Third Coast Percussion last week in the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, I was reminded how much the city's lively – and getting livelier all the time – new-music scene owes to the active involvement of this age group.

Clearly there is something going on here: Audiences made up mostly of twentysomethings are eating up the music of living composers, whether the sounds are being served up in a formal concert space such as the Logan's inviting Performance Hall, or at an intimate alternative venue such as Constellation in Chicago's Roscoe Village. The enthusiasm of these rock-weaned young listeners clearly is being felt by the performers and is given back in their music-making.

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