Musical life on the northwest side has perked up considerably ever since North Park College launched its inexpensive chamber music series. Featuring some of the city's finer instrumentalists, these recitals typically offer an edifying mix of selections from both the standard and contemporary repertories. The program for this season opener is a good example; one of Beethoven's early quartets (opus 18, no. 4) coupled with Grieg's lyrical, impressionistic (and underrated) Quartet in G Minor, plus the single-movement Quartet no. 4 by Knut Nystedt, a prolific but little-heralded Norwegian composer who is in residence at North Park. The performers are the Chester String Quartet, not yet ten years old as an ensemble but already noted for their engaging style and technical excellence. Affiliated with Indiana University, the foursome have garnered an impressive number of prizes, including a first-place win (in 1985) in Chamber Music Chicago's much-lauded Discovery Competition. (Preceded by a conversation with Mr. Nystedt starting at 7:30 PM.) Tonight, 8:15 PM, lecture hall auditorium, North Park College, Foster and Kedzie; 583-2700, ext. 4300.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jack Mitchell.