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Saturday: An intimate evening with composer George Flynn

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Over the years, Chicago composer George Flynn has maintained a strong relationship with the local Southport label, a jazz-oriented imprint that has regularly stepped out of its comfort zone to release his music (and that of other classical composers) as part of its composer series. Southport has just released String Fever, its seventh recording of Flynn's music; the bracing collection includes three duets for piano and various string instruments, with Flynn at the keys on all of them.

All three works have gone through revisions since premiering in the 70s, and each recording was made at a different point between 1998 and 2005. Flynn's work here balances dark turbulence against agitated, probing lyricism, with much of the melodic exposition given over to the strings; below you can check out the opening part of Winter Landscape, which features cellist Christopher Costanza; naturally, such a brief snippet can't convey Flynn's musical thought, which is interrupted by the end of the clip, but it does give you a peek.

You can get a much better look on Saturday, when Flynn celebrates the release of the CD with a concert at Katerina's from 6:30-9:00 PM; he'll play solo adaptations of these three compositions along with a few other works of his own. Additionally, on October 20 and 27, WFMT's new-music program, Relevant Tones, will explore Flynn's music with two consecutive episodes; they air from 5-6 PM each day.

Today's playlist:

Jonas Östholm Quartet, Dzjaz (Ivanov Fonogram)
Deidre Rodman, Simple Stories (Sunnyside)
Daunik Lazro, Zong Book (Émouvance)
François Bayle, Camera Oscura/Espaces Inhabitables (INA GRM)
Rhododendron String Band, Keep on the Sunny Side (Boogie Post)

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