The Grammy Award-winning Chicago Pro Musica offers Chicago-area premieres of two important works by local composers that were given their enthusiastically received world premieres last weekend at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The extraordinarily high quality of the pieces and their performances at Krannert make this event a must for anyone interested in Chicago new music, and will definitely justify the trip to west-suburban Batavia for the only scheduled area performances of the works. Frank Abbinanti’s The Melteln Kassandra is based on a text by Christa Wolf, relating her thoughts about nuclear war to the ancient Greek Cassandra legend. (Appropriately, the piece is being performed at Fermilab.) Paul Martin Zonn’s The Clarinet in My Mind is an entertaining large-scale, kaleidoscopic piece exploring sonority from the perspective of the clarinet in its many guises–jazz, ethnic, classical, minimalist, et al. The program will conclude with a complete performance of Stravinsky’s L’histotre du soldat (“The Soldier’s Tale”), narrated by WFMT announcer Carl Grapentine. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Ramsey Auditorium, Wilson Hall, Fermilab, Kirk and Pine, Batavia; 840-2787.

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