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The season opener for North Park College's chamber music series is a thoughtful tribute to Schubert, featuring some of the composer's miniature gems and a memorial by John Harbison. The sublime, forlorn scena The Shepherd on the Rock--performed by soprano Sunny Joy Langton, clarinetist Dileep Gangolli, and pianist Elizabeth Buccheri--is a chestnut, but how often do we get to hear the Allegro in A Minor for Piano Duet, op. 144? Or the Introduction and Variations for Flute and Piano on "Ihr Blumlein Alle," op. 160? Putting all these pieces in a postmodern perspective is Harbison's November 19, 1828, whose title refers to the date of Schubert's death. Composed in 1988, the four-movement work for piano and strings takes as its departure point Schubert's pedagogic encounter with the theorist Simon Sechter. The other performers, all members of the North Park faculty, are pianists Kimberly Schmidt and Terree Lee Shofner, flutist Lyon Leifer, violinists David Wolf and Carol Lahti, violist Adam Smyla, cellist Julie Zumsteg, and trumpeter Joseph Lill. Friday, 8 PM, Anderson Chapel, North Park College, 3225 W. Foster; 244-5630.

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