The legendary baritone from Downers Grove is back, much sooner than anyone anticipated, stepping in at the last minute for an ailing Frederica von Stade. For those who missed Milnes's spectacular performances as Hamlet in the long-neglected French grand opera by Ambroise Thomas recently presented at Lyric Opera, there are two big excerpts included in this rare recital appearance. For those who know Milnes primarily as the greatest Italian-repertoire baritone of our day, his expertise in lieder and the art-song tradition will come as a delightful surprise. Milnes is always the consummate singer-actor, and his recitals are always highly charged affairs that not only showcase his rich, full-bodied voice but also his remarkable diversity and ability to penetrate the deepest inner meaning of the texts. Pianist Jon Spong will accompany Milnes on this Wheaton College Artist Series appearance, a rare homecoming of sorts. Tonight, 8 PM, Edman Memorial Chapel, Washington and Franklin, Wheaton; 708-260-5010.