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One of the most interesting figures in Germany's increasingly active political music scene, Gerhard Stabler studied composition with Nicholas Huber (a fascinating postserial composer) and organ with Gerd Zacher, the premier avant-garde organist of his generation. Stabler's program for this concert is typically varied: he'll play the Black Song Organ Preludes written for him by Christian Wolff, Ligeti's classic Volumina, an organ arrangement of Cage's 1948 pre-minimalist Dream, plus "Soul Trap" from his own Californian Dreams and the Liberation Cantata by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti. In America we rarely think of the pipe organ as a vessel for new ideas, and this recital should be an ear-opener. Monday, 7 PM, Saint Clement's Church, 642 W. Deming; 443-3700.

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

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