Does the word "elegance" whisper to you of days gone by? Of lingering over continental cuisine with intelligent and urbane companions whose witty repartee speaks of "His Girl Friday" and not "Moonlighting"? Are you tired of fast food, stark architecture and the Muzak created for those with short attention spans?

Consider four Sundays beginning Nov. 25 for an emergency infusion of elegance, beauty and philanthropy to boot. The Twilight Chamber Series is back for a second year with the magnificent chamber music of Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven, and dinners catered by Cafe Mediterranean and Aardvark Catering.Gerald Elias, the Utah Symphony's associate concertmaster, is opening his home for 50 patrons of the Twilight Chamber Series who want to enjoy a gracious evening while benefiting the Travelers Aid Society/Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center.

Music lovers will gather each Sunday in Elias' Avenues home, with its curved French doors fronting a view of towering pines. "Most people don't get an opportunity to listen to chamber music in someone's home," Elias said. "When we did this last year, people chatted with their neighbors and got to know each other."

"Also, musicians don't often get an opportunity to perform in an intimate home setting, so they are anticipating this series," said Cecily Patton, violist and Elias' wife, who is also hostess at the event.

Last year the concert series raised $5,000 to benefit the Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center. The shelter helped more than 300 homeless families, and about 280 homeless persons per day were given shelter and support services. The goal of the center is to provide the assistance and services that will help return the homeless to self-sufficiency.

Tickets may be ordered by calling Victoria Pohlman at the Shelter and Resource Center at 359-4142 and charging them to Mastercard or Visa, or by sending a check made payable to Travelers Aid Society/Twilight Chamber Series to Pohlman at 210 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Please specify the concert you wish to attend.

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Series to feature 4 nights of music

Gerald Elias, associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, will host a series of four Sunday evening concerts in his Avenues home, beginning at 5 p.m. on these dates:

- Nov. 25: Music of Bach; Brahms' Waltzes for Piano, Four Hands; Matz' Cello Quartet; and Mozart's Quintet for Winds and Piano. Buffet dinner by Cafe Mediterranean.

- Dec. 2: Nin's "Suite Espagnole"; Britten's Oboe Quartet; J. Kennedy's Symbia I for Solo Bass; Rossini's Duo; and Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 135. Buffet dinner by Aardvark Catering.

- Dec. 9: The Borghi Sonata for Viola and Bass; Brahms' A minor Piano Trio; Respighi's Violin Sonata; and Mozart's Horn Quintet. Buffet dinner by Aardvark Catering.

- Dec. 16: Mozart's Sonata for Bassoon and Cello; Barber's String Quartet; von Weber's Clarinet Quintet; and Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll," conducted by Kirk Muspratt. Buffet dinner by Aardvark Catering.

Members of the Utah Symphony are donating their talents; the buffet dinners are also donated.

Each concert can accommodate 50 listeners, at a suggested donation of $35 each. Or, buy the whole evening for a Christmas party for your friends, company, etc., for $1,750. All proceeds go to Travelers Aid Society/Salt Lake Community Shelter and Resource Center.

Call Victoria Pohlman at 359-4142, extension 16, for reservations.