In its fifth year and gaining wider support and recognition, the New Music Chicago Festival–a week-long showcase of the city’s diverse and fascinating musical talents–is well on its way to becoming a local institution. At what other times do Northwestern University composers pay attention to their peers at the University of Chicago? Or are the works of established veterans played side by side with those of young Turks? There are all together ten concerts and lectures–featuring the music of 41 composers–scheduled for this edition. Advance word has it that the performance of Donald Erbs chamber piece Towers of Silence by the multimedia ensemble Kapture be exciting and full of surprises. Also included is the work of Shawn Decker, William Neil, Bonita Hyman, Ralph Shapey, William Doerrfeld, Darlene Cowles Mitchell, Sheldon Shkolnik, Voyager 2, and many, many others. The festival runs Monday through next Saturday, April 18; for more information on times and locations, call 477-1379.

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