FESTIVAL OF CHICAGO COMPOSERS
For decades the composer community in Chicago has been ideologically fragmented. Lately, however, there are signs of rapprochement, even from insular academic factions. Still, it took a youngster to organize this showcase of local composing talents and new-music performers. The mastermind of the festival, which will take place on five successive Sunday afternoons starting this weekend, is Dan Wallace, a 23-year-old who took up composing nine years ago and is largely self-taught. (Wallace makes his living selling violin bows.) With the advice of some of the scene's veterans, including the University of Chicago's John Eaton and Patricia Morehead, Wallace has rounded up a diverse (and fairly impressive) array of established names, rising stars, ambitious amateurs, and Johnny-come-latelies. The latter three categories are well represented in the inaugural chamber recital. Jeffrey Kowalkowski, a newly minted PhD from Northwestern who just got a professorship at his alma mater, completed Phantasium Politico a couple of months ago specifically for Carrie Biolo-Thompson, an ace percussionist. Scored for vibraphone, bongo, and two gongs, the multisectioned piece lifts its politically tinged refrain from a Talking Heads song. Dan Tucker, a former Tribune editorialist now in his 70s, has contributed a pair of guitar solos to be performed by the fleet-fingered Jeffrey Kust. German-born Inge Braun from Northbrook began her new career only a few years ago. Three of her songs, modeled after the lieder of Schubert, her idol, will be unveiled by soprano Jean-Marie Minton and pianist Pierre Dosogne, whose partnership has garnered excellent notices. Also featured are jazzy solo piano improvs from Bradley Robin and a spate of cleverly titled and poppy piano pieces by Michael Greenberg, who happens to be the cabaret's solicitous operator. Sunday, 3 PM, Lunar Cabaret and Full Moon Cafe, 2827 N. Lincoln; 327-6666.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of Dan Wallace by Susanne Kirschnick.