Contempo, the University of Chicago's contemporary music collective, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2014 - 2015 season is the group's 50th, and this award will help fund the anniversary year's celebrations of Contempo's history.
The NEA writes in its grant press release that the award's purpose is "to support performances of contemporary music by Contempo, the resident collective of musicians at the university. The project, a 50th anniversary celebration of the collective's residency, will feature world premieres of new works written for the collective by composers John Eaton, Sofia Gubaidulina, and NEA Jazz Master Gunther Schuller. Programming will include works by composers such as Helen Grime, Huck Hodge, Shulamit Ran, and Kurt Rhode. Pre-concert talks with the composers, as well as an extensive annotated display from the Regenstein Library's Contempo archives and program books, will augment the performances."
Congratulations to all those who have worked hard to make Contempo so deserving of this award!