For its sixth season the Chicago Composers’ Consortium has come up with a heavyweight lineup: each of its three concerts will headline chamber pieces by a distinguished American composer. That is not to say, however, that the consortium’s own members are being neglected in favor of prestigious visitors: recent works by Lawrence Axelrod, Michael Pisaro, Pieter Snapper, Kathleen Ginther, and Elisabeth Start will also have a chance in the spotlight. Featured artists in the opening concert are Bruce Saylor, the Lyric Opera’s composer-in-residence, and Constance Beavon, the mezzo-soprano who happens to be his wife. (Donald Erb and Andrew Imbrie will be guests at the spring recitals.) The New York-based Saylor, currently finishing up his operatic adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending for the Lyric, is a gifted melodist. Judging by his 1980 Songs From Water Street and 1983 Five Old Favorites

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