Jean-Pierre Rampal, perhaps the best-known flutist in the world, is a beloved icon who's spent more than half a century on the concert circuit. His clean, suave playing is a lesson in how a piece of music, whether baroque or contemporary, can come alive in a natural, almost spontaneous way--free of the crowd-pleasing antics often trotted out by relative upstarts like James Galway. At this Orchestra Hall concert--a stop on a national tour--Rampal is teamed up with the Brandenburg Ensemble, a chamber orchestra founded in 1973 that was for a while under the tutelage of Alexander Schneider. Though the program is rather predictable, I long to hear the master perform Stamitz's Flute Concerto in G Major or the Brandenburg Concerto no. 3. An added attraction is the pairing of Rampal with local violin prodigy (and Tchaikovsky Competition silver medalist) Jennifer Koh in Vivaldi's sprightly Concerto in C Minor for Flute, Violin, and Strings. Also on the program are Bach's Violin Concerto no. 2 (featuring Koh) and Mozart's airily charming Serenade no. 6 in D Major. Todd Phillips, the Brandenburg's concertmaster, conducts. Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666. TED SHEN
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Christian Steiner.