Chicago Classical Review and Chicago Tribune classical music critic John von Rhein gave glowing reviews to Contempo’s recent 2009-2010 season opening concert held in downtown Chicago. The concert featured the Chicago premiere of Knight, Death and Devil by composer Frederic Rzewski. Three of the four works in the program also incorporated visual artwork, which was displayed during the performance.
From John von Rhein’s review:
The event drew on the considerable talents of the U. of C. music department’s resident ensembles, eighth blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, which joined forces for the Chicago premiere of Frederic Rzewski’s “Knight, Death and Devil,” along with works by Laura Elise Schwendinger, Karim Al-Zand and Andres Carrizo.
Quite apart from the merits of the scores themselves, it was wonderful to behold these groups pooling energies in such fashion. It was helpful, too, to have visual material integrated into the performances.