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Laudably, none of the composers on this Chicago Sinfonietta program is a household name; in fact the only work with a familiar ring is the Carmen Suite, a clever arrangement of themes from Bizet's opera by the Russian modernist Rodion Shchedrin (who wrote it for his wife, the ballerina Maya Plisetskaya). Jan Vorisek was a Bohemian organist who befriended Beethoven and Schubert and helped shepherd the nationalist romantic movement; his Sinfonia in D is said to be akin to one of Schubert's middle symphonies. The 85-year-old Heinrich Sutermeister, a student of Carl Orff's, is acknowledged as Switzerland's greatest composer--not really a remarkable distinction given the country's minuscule contribution to music, but he's written prolifically and melodiously. His 1935 Concertino for Piano and Wind Quintet, only recently found and an early example of his work, will be premiered here by pianist Richard Fields. Accessibility is also a hallmark of the guitar work of Joaquin Rodrigo, who's represented here by the cult classic Fantasia para un gentilhombre (1955). Soloing will be Sharon Isbin, one of the finest classical guitarists around and a frequent guest on Nationai Public Radio. Paul Freeman conducts. Sunday, 2:30 PM, Rosary College, 7900 W. Division, River Forest. Wednesday, 7.30 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan. 857-1062.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jill Krementz.

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