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Updated: March 5, 2013 6:24AM



What: Most conventional classical concerts take place in the evening and run two hours. But for its entire 26-year history, the Chicago Chamber Musicians have presented a series of lunchtime concerts that give listeners a chance to enjoy music at a different, potentially more convenient time and in a more bite-size format. The performances, broadcast live by WFMT-FM (98.7), are presented the first Monday of each month and last about 45 minutes. As an added enticement, they are free.

The program for each concert is determined by which members of the chamber-music ensemble happen to be available. Appearing this week are clarinetist Larry Combs and pianist Meng-Chieh Liu, the group’s artistic director. They will perform works by Witold Lutoslawski, Francis Poulenc and Leo Weiner.

Insider’s take: “The audience really seems to grow annually,” Combs said. “There are really a lot of people coming in now. Sometimes it’s retirees, who have time to do this and are looking for a free event to go to. And, then we bring in schoolchildren, too.”

Particulars: Monday’s concert is set for 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington. (312) 225-5226 or chicagochambermusic.org.



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