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“Speaking of The Blues,” a program held at Chicago’s Harold Washington Library on May 9, 2008, featured composer Larry Hoffman and his work, “String Quartet #1: The Blues.” Hoffman is interviewed by--and discusses various aspects of the blues with — host Barry Dolins, series founder, blues aficionado, and Chicago’s former Deputy Director at the Mayor’s Office Of Special Events. The piece is performed by the New Millennium Orchestra String Quartet : Elizabeth Choi, first violin; Blagomira Lipari, second violin; Dominic Johnson (leader), viola; and Eric Schaeffer, violoncello. More of Larry Hoffman’s music can be found at A recording of this work by the Baltimore Symphony’s Atlantic String Quartet, can be found on his CD, on his website —or online: These videos are presented courtesy of the Music Division of the Chicago Public Library. Digital / audio transfer by Ed Tetreault, manager of The Peabody Conservatory Department of Recording Arts & Sciences. Music over the opening credits “Eighteen Hammers.” Johnny Lee Moore