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June 18, 2010

Construction and composition

Local history, architecture inspire Salem man's score 'Structures'

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Wallace and his wife, Carol, have lived in Salem for 10 years, and their daughter, Katherine, graduated from Salem High School. Wallace is an assistant professor in the composition and music theory department at Boston University, where he is director of undergraduate studies for the school of music and coordinator of the online program for theory.

Wallace started playing the horn in fourth grade when he was growing up in Waukegan, Ill., and has had a passion for music ever since. He estimates he has written roughly 50 compositions over the years.

"I've been writing since I was in junior high," he said.

Wallace and the members of the ensemble held an open rehearsal of "Structures" at The Salem Athenaeum last weekend.

"Someone came up to me there and said, 'I don't know if I'd call your music pretty, but I found it very interesting and I could follow it,'" Wallace recalled. "If it's engaging and keeps their attention, I can't ask for anything better."

'structures' sound

Music at Eden's Edge premieres "Structures" by Salem composer John H. Wallace as part of its "Solstice in Chiaroscuro" program.

Concert dates

Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m., Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church, Danvers

Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m., North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester

A concert on Monday evening, June 21, at the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody is sold out.

Tomorrow, the ensemble will perform one movement from "Structures" at the radio 99.5 All Classical Festival at noon. Visit www.wgbh.org for details.

For more information and ticket costs, which vary, visit www.edensedge.org or call 978-270-4463.

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