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The Grant Park Music Festival concludes its season with an intriguinmg sampler of unjustly neglected works by Latin composers. Brazil is represented by Heitor Villa-Lobos, whose Cello Concerto no. 1 sounds like Tchaikovsky but with a fiery Latin beat. Zesty dances from Alberto Ginastera's ballet Estancia depict ranch life in Argentina. But the best represented country on the program is Mexico. Jose Pablo Moncayo's Barren Land opens with a sensuous Ravelian passage that quickly segues into fiestalike delirium. Similarly evocative though more traditional is Silvestre Revueltas's Nets, a suite compiled from his score for a movie about a starving child in a poor fishing village. The most well known work on the program is Symphony no. 2 (Sinfonia India), by Carlos Chavez, the dean of modern Mexican music. Commissioned by CBS in 1935, the symphony is noted for its deft mix of Mexican and Indian melodies and the skillful use of percussion instruments such as the water gourd. Cellist Carter Brey solos in the Villa-Lobos. Enrique Diemecke, the well-traveled music director of the National Orchestra of Mexico, will conduct. Tomorrow, 8 PM and Sunday, 7 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Jackson and Columbus Drive; 819-0614.

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

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