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Symphony of the Shores 

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This season finale of the eclectic Symphony of the Shores pushes the boundaries of the classical concert. Other than Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, included almost as an afterthought, the program is heavily jazz-inspired--certainly not the type of fare one encounters at Orchestra Hall. For starters there's the 20-minute Three Pieces for Violin, Hammer Dulcimer, and Orchestra by Collins Trier and Katherine Hughes, both busy local performers. The first piece is neoclassical and Ravel-like; the second traverses the moody blues; and the exuberant third is almost rock 'n' roll. Trier will play the dulcimer, which he took up when he was ten; Hughes is the violinist. Then there's Tempus Fugit by iconoclastic Pulitzer winner Bud Powell, an early experiment (1948) in fusing jazz and classical: Powell packed Baroque gestures--the title's clever reference is to the fugue--into a rowdy piece for jazz ensemble (here rearranged for orchestra). Also on the list is Michael Daugherty's Flamingo (1991), really a concerto for two tambourines and orchestra; its minimalist jazzy riffs are typical of this hip New Yorker, who's a favorite of the Kronos Quartet. And finally there are two arrangements by pianist Greg Lawrence, of the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Night in Tunisia" and "Some Enchanted Evening" from the musical South Pacific. Steven Martyn Zike, an intelligent young maestro on the rise, conducts. Sunday, 7 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 1977 South Campus Dr., Evanston; 708-491-5441 or 708-869-3133.

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