The DePaul University School of Music welcomes home composer George Perle, its most famous alumnus, for a special 75th birthday celebration. Perle remains one of the most distinctive composers of our time, despite his usual misclassification as a serialist. This designation stems in part from the fact that he wrote the standard textbook on the 12-tone compositional methods pioneered by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern, but Perle’s own music has only been 12-tone in the sense that he incorporates all notes equally in his works; he does not, nor has he ever, incorporated 12-tone rows in strict sequence. In a time of considerable chaos and ambiguity in newmusic circles, Perle has developed a unique and imaginative musical language that stands in direct line to not only the Viennese serialists but to Stravinsky, Bartok, Scriabin–even Debussy–as well. His music is quite accessible and thriving in a time when conventional, 12-tone compositions are heard less and less in concert halls. This special DePaul birthday concert–which Perle himself will attend–will include his Concertino for Piano, Winds, and Timpani, which has become a standard contemporary repertoire piece since its premiere here in 1978, and his 1986 Pulitzer Prizewinning Wind Quintet IV. Performers include CSO members Mary Sauer and Larry Combs, among others. Tonight, 8 PM, DePaul Concert Hall, 800 W. Belden; 341-8373.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Johanna I. Sturm.