Patricia Barber celebrates Contempo anniversary

Abel Uribe, Chicago Tribune / January 9, 2013

By Howard Reich

Ten years ago, the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players took on a sleek new name – Contempo – and for the first time in its 40-year history presented jazz on an even footing with classical music.

The inimitable Chicago singer-pianist Patricia Barber was to have been the first jazz musician to perform on Contempo's new cross-genre venture, but she wasn't available. So Barber appeared in 2006 in a revelatory performance of excerpts of her "Mythologies" suite – complete with hip-hop performers from the Chicago Children's Choir and members of Choral Thunder at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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