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Although he's only 30, pianist Ian Pace has become one of England's most acclaimed exponents of new music, having given more than 80 world premieres of solo pieces by contemporary composers like Howard Skempton, Gerhard StŠbler, and Michael Finnissy. His performance here, a local debut, will feature technically demanding, rigorously cerebral works by Salvatore Sciarrino, Helmut Lachenmann, Luigi Nono, Brian Ferneyhough, StŠbler, and Iannis Xenakis. This is a rare opportunity to hear such music in Chicago, where a few groups like CUBE and Gene Coleman's Ensemble Noamnesia manage to give the contemporary classical repertoire but a fraction of the attention it deserves; in fact this performance was booked in part by Coleman, as part of the Cultural Center's free "New Millennium/New Music" series. Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; 312-744-6630 or 312-346-3278. PETER MARGASAK

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Nathan Mandell.

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