Composer Fred Lerdahl’s third string quartet — commissioned for the Daedalus Quartet — receives its world-premiere tonight during a concert that’s part of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s chamber-music festival. Lerdahl is also a music theorist, best known for his work on how the brain perceives music. Lerdahl calls the string quartet “the most personal and psychological of musical media.” He says his third — a single 21-minute movement — “inhabits a world of abrupt mood changes, passionate urgings, quiet reveries, fantastical gestures and sudden reminiscences.” The young Daedalus Quartet will record all three of Lerdhal’s quartets for an upcoming CD release. Also on tonight’s program: Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet and Dvorak’s String Quartet in C Major. Showtime is at 8 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church (2860 Coventry Rd., Shaker Hts., 216.291.2777, clevelandchambermusic.org). Tickets: $5-$25. — Michael Gill
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