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At their best, programming gimmicks have a way of drawing felicitous connections and presenting them in one neat package. Take this concert by the Chicago Pro Musica, which kicks off the third season of joint events by the Art Institute and the CSO. The occasion is the museum's ambitious exhibit of highlights from its hundred-year residency on Michigan Avenue. The program features works written both during the time of the Columbian Exposition and a century later; serving as a bridge of sorts is Uncharted Waters, commissioned by the Pro Musica from local composer Rami Levin to mark both the exposition's centennial and the quincentennial of Columbus's expedition. The group made one request of Levin: that the instrumentation be the same as that for Franz Hasenohr's chamber arrangement of Richard Strauss's tone poem Till Eulenspiegel, which is performed on the Pro Musica's Grammy-winning debut album. The some request was put to composers Elias Tannenbaum and Gerard Brophy, who'll premiere their results-Off Center and Seduire, C'est Tout, respectively-at this recital. (The latter's title is a quote from the memoirs of Francis Bacon, who's represented in the Art Institute's collection.) The Strauss and all the new works-which make up the concert's first half -will be performed by Albert lgolnikov (violin), Joseph Guastafeste (bass), John Bruce Yeh (clarinet), Willard Elliot (bassoon), and Daniel Gingrich (horn). Yeh headlines the second half's lone work: Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, which was finished in 1892. The museum's Mary Sue Glosser will give an introductory talk on the myriad connections between art, music, and culture. Sunday, 2 PM, Fullerton Hall, Art Institute of Chicago, Michigan and Adams; 435-6666.


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