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From All Sides, premiering this week, is a commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's composer in residence Mark-Anthony Turnage, working with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo. It's Turnage's first work for dance, and the title refers to his wish to surround the audience with sound, including offstage brass and percussion. The six short scenes--"Fanfare," "Snapshots," "Slow Dance," "Tango," "Collage," and "Moto Perpetuo"--form a suite that reportedly spans a range of styles and moods. It should be exciting--Turnage is known for propulsive rhythms, vivid orchestration, and emotional depth, and Elo's recent work with the New York City Ballet drew raves. The program opens with Beethoven's Leonore Overture no. 2 and closes with the score of Stravinsky's groundbreaking The Rite of Spring, which remains wonderfully visceral and savage. Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is natural and persuasive with modern music and seems the ideal conductor. Turnage and Gerard McBurney will give a lecture in the Grainger Ballroom at 7 PM. See also Saturday. a 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, $25-$125.

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