Robert Dick | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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It's a guitar! It's a violin! It's a synthesizer! Or maybe it's flutist extraordinaire Robert Dick. Dick has developed such technical mastery on the instrument that to hear him play is to marvel at how he manipulates the familiar timbre of the flute. In the tradition of past New Music Chicago concerts introducing performers who stretch the usual capabilities of their instruments, Dick will give a recital of his own unusual compositions on everything from wooden and bamboo flutes to the largely unfamiliar bass flute, usually only heard in science fiction movie scores. Dick's sense of humor will also apparently be in evidence in this, his Chicago debut, dubbed "Future Flute": he'll be performing his own amazing transcriptions of Paganini violin caprices and even Jimi Hendrix. Don't let the Hendrix put you off--this is not rock Muzak, this is stuff derived directly from Hendrix's own feedback and sense of line. Thursday, 8 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 Sheridan, Evanston; 477-1379.

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