Tonight, the Alban Berg Quartett plays its final Chicago concert in Mandel Hall, in merciful walking distance from Chez Geelhoed. (Although, as Steven Wright pointed out, "Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.") Saturday night, the Chicago Symphony reprises Petrushka and Debussy's Images with Pierre Boulez, but not, alas, Matthias Pintscher's Osiris. (The contemporary slot is filled by Berio's Quatre Dedicaces.) That mini-trumpet concerto inspired the first two blog posts from the new blog by Mary, on Utterly Macabre. She promises "Pondering classical music from acquisition to performance," which pretty much covers the entire lifespan of a piece once it's finished, I suppose.