The Grossman Ensemble, hailed as “some of the best contemporary players in the city” (Chicago Reader) with performances that have “filled the evening with wonder and, at times, awe” (Third Coast Review), is the resident supergroup at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. The Ensemble comprises musicians of the highest caliber whose passion is to perform music with a sensitive understanding, meticulous preparation, and abundant rehearsal time. World premiere works are developed over several weeks, during a series of unique workshopping rehearsals that focus on the interaction between composers, musicians, and conductors. This process allows the music time to grow in the mind of the composer and to fully inhabit the minds of the players.
The Ensemble is a key component of the CCCC’s performance series, preparing and performing 12 world premiere works by University of Chicago faculty, students, and guest composers each season. In August 2020, Fountain of Time, the ensemble’s debut album was released on the Center’s imprint, CCCC Records. The album features five premiere performances from the ensemble’s first two seasons by composers Shulamit Ran, Anthony Cheung, David Dzubay, Tonia Ko, and David Clay Mettens. I CARE IF YOU LISTEN said the album shows the Ensemble's "wonderful promise as a group in addition to promoting the rare process they employ in inviting composers and conductors to participate in the rehearsal and workshop process.”