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At 83, pianist Menahem Pressler remains the heart and soul of the Beaux Arts Trio, now in its 52nd season. Since its inception he's played with five violinists and three cellists, but its current incarnation, with reflective Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses and dynamic British violinist Daniel Hope, may be the best yet. For this concert they join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by James Conlon, in Beethoven's buoyant Triple Concerto--not the most profound or groundbreaking middle Beethoven, but irresistible in the right hands. The other piece on the program is an entry in Ravinia's Breaking the Silence series, which focuses on the music of composers affected by the Holocaust: Alexander von Zemlinsky's Lyric Symphony. Seven songs set to German translations of poems by Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore, it's a brooding exploration of love and longing, the beauty of its music tinged with foreboding. Formidable singers Bo Skovhus (baritone) and Christine Brewer (soprano) alternate, also accompanied by the CSO. a 7:30 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay & Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park, 847-266-5100, $25 ($10 lawn). A --Steve Langendorf

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