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Last fall the success of the inaugural concert in this series surprised even its participants, who've all returned this year. Once again this marathon of post-1980 chamber compositions, organized by local composers Frank Abbinanti and Patricia Morehead, is loose and inclusive; this year's program, called "New Demons, New Sounds Today," includes 19 composers--most of them Chicagoans, some of them newcomers--divided into four age groups. In the "senior" category, Elliott Carter's Changes (1983) will be performed by ace guitarist Paul Bowman, and George Flynn's new trio American Summer will be performed by Stuart Leitch (piano), Katherine Hughes (violin), and Peter Szczapanek (cello). Among the composers in the crowded "junior" class are Janice Misurell-Mitchell (Dark Was the Night for solo guitar), Julian Harvey (the largely tonal violin-piano duo A Field of Light), Robert Falesch (the brand-new Quintet for Winds), Abbinanti (his 1987 Woodwind Quintet), and Morehead and Gwynne Winsberg (teamed up for an elegy on euthanasia), and in a heartening return to the scene, gadfly Peter Gena will play a solo piano memorial for his mentor Morton Feldman. The "sophomores" include Gustavo Leone (Musical Studies for solo harp), Rami Levin (A New Leaf), Ilya Levinson (the computer-generated Mirror), and Riccardo Piacentini (whose Beaux gestes for piano mimics the minimal gestures of his teacher Franco Donatoni). Premieres from "freshmen" Jean-Paul Bottemanne, Andre Marquetti, and Myung-bok Shim complete the program, whose large roster of performers includes CSO clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, the San Benedetto Winds, violinist David Wolf, and violist Adam Smyla. Sunday, 2 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 878-5552.

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

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