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Two leading lights of the postwar generations of British composers are featured in this latest installment of the Contemporary Chamber Players concerts: Alexander Goehr (b. 1932), of the influential Manchester Group, is represented by the Concerto for Eleven (1970), an extroverted number inspired by Jewish wedding music; and Oliver Knussen (b. 1952), a prodigy noted for the playfulness of his style and for his sensitive and mature treatment of the voice, whose recent Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh ought to be a delightful vehicle for soprano Elsa Charlston's theatrical flair. Complementing the English pieces are a pair by contemporary Americans: Songs of Nature by John Heiss (with mezzo Neva Bailey as the soloist) and Routine Investigations (1976), a showy example of Morton Feldman's mastery of instrumentation. Ralph Shapey conducts, as usual. Tonight, 8 PM, Mandel Hall, University of Chicago, 5706 S. University; 702-8068.

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

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