Ten years ago pianist Elizabeth Buccheri helped establish the chamber series at North Park College, which has considerably enriched musical life in the city’s northwest corner. Now, many happy and edifying concerts later, some of the series’s participants–including members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Vermeer Quartet–are back to celebrate its remarkable success. The music for the reunion is appropriately festive: the three hefty pieces are meant to convey esprit de corps as well as joie de vivre. Mozart’s Serenade for Winds, a representative of the divertimento, a peculiarly Salzburg genre invented for that town’s leisure class, is a top-notch medley of dance tunes. Its sunny, serene outlook is echoed in the Quintet for Strings op. 18, a deftly arranged, uncomplicated delight written by precocious Mozart wannabe Mendelssohn, the precocious Mozart wannabe when he was 17, to one-up his most admired predecessor. Currents of anxiety run beneath the clear, crisp surface of Walter Piston’s Divertimento for Nine Instruments (1946), the evening’s third selection, to be conducted by Buccheri. The Piston piece is an almost textbook-perfect postmodernist comment on the crowdpleasing divertimento genre. Tonight, 8:15 PM; lecture hall auditorium, North Park College, Foster and Kedzie; 583-2700, ext 4300.

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