UChicago Presents celebrates 80 seasons of extraordinary music

By Benjamin Ransom

From Renaissance lutes to Latin jazz—concert series brings intimate performances to University community

Between 1943 and 1944, four great innovators of 20th century music—Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, and Darius Milhaud—performed in a series of “Composer’s Concerts” at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall.

Stravinsky interpreted the technically demanding, jagged Concerto for Two Pianos. Copland presented a series of newly composed film scores. The evenings even featured the world premiere of Hindemith’s 25-movement Ludus Tonalis—a late piano piece that showcased his innovative theories of musical scale and harmony.

These performances launched the inaugural season of UChicago Presents, which now celebrates its 80th season and carries on the tradition of bringing extraordinary performances and cutting-edge music to the University of Chicago.

“UChicago Presents has always been an innovative voice,” said Executive Director Sarah Curran. “It’s unique in terms of its breadth—showcasing chamber music, early music, world music, jazz and contemporary music.”

Read the full article at UChicago News here.