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Right now our town is blessed with an unusually large number of talented flutists and guitarists, so perhaps it's inevitable that some of them should team up. Matthew Heaton and Shannon Murphy met when they were graduate students at Northwestern; he studied with guitar veteran Anne Waller and she with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Walfrid Kujala. Busy teachers and free-lance performers these days, they've put aside room in their schedules for this concert of chamber works by local and South American contemporary composers. Members of American Women Composers--Midwest are heavily represented: Lita Grier by her extravagantly flighty and romantic 1956 Sonata for Flute and Piano; Rami Levin by her flute trio Shiramina (1987), a radiantly colorful four-movement portrait of herself and her three sisters; Patricia Morehead by The Edible Flute (1992), in which the instrument impersonates the lonely heroine in Margaret Atwood's novel The Edible Woman, and Design Two (1985), a Ralph Shapey-esque exercise in contrapuntal techniques. Also on the program is work by Argentinean legend Astor Piazzolla and Brazilian unknown Radames Gnattali (1906-1988). Murphy will solo in three of Piazzolla's Tango Etudes, among the last of his compositions, which require the flute to imitate the bandoneon. Heaton and Murphy will get an excuse to duet in Gnattali's Sonatina (1963), an Afro-Indian blend of agitation and lyricism. Guest players include pianist Philip Morehead and flutists Lisa Goethe and Janet MacKay. Saturday, 7:30 PM, North Lakeside Cultural Center, 6219 N. Sheridan; 743-4477.

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

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