Twenty-nine chamber music ensembles face off this week at the University of Michigan's first M-Prize competition.
Founder Aaron Dworkin says it's a major chamber music competition, both in terms of the number of groups competing and the size of the prize: $100,000.
Dworkin says he hopes to draw attention to how chamber music is evolving. He says it's not just a strings ensemble, or winds.
"You might have euphonium, harp, oboe and spoken word," says Dworkin, "and all acoustic, or are there any parts of that ensemble that engage electronics."