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If 20th-century classical music scares you—if, to you, it sounds like so many fingernails on a blackboard—then you might be inclined to dismiss the Contemporary Music Forum’s annual concert series as unapproachable. And you’d be wrong. The music may be esoteric, but it is highly accessible, often tonal, and sometimes even traditionally structured. The CMF, which emphasizes local composers in its programs, has been holding these concerts for 29 years. Tonight’s event features electronic music and includes among its five works Peace Streams by “virtual designer” Paras Kaul, a combination of brain-wave music, trance tracks, and percussion. There are also two world premieres: a work by Great Falls electronic composer Frederick Weck and a marimba-and-sampled-sounds piece by Alexandra Gardner. Performers include CMF regulars Barry Dove on marimba and Lina Bahn on violin. It begins at 8 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 500 17th St. NW. $15. (202) 333-4529. (T.R. Goldman)