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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center




One of the preeminent classical ensembles in the country, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, under the aegis of director David Shifrin, has stayed true to its 1969 charter by presenting the full extent of the chamber canon. The roster of this exclusive collective has changed a few times over the years. One trait of the current crop is youthful brio; most of the members who'll show up for this Ravinia recital are under 50, and at least one, bassist Edgar Meyer, is noted for his freewheeling style and crossover bent. Being that this is a classical event, a certain degree of restraint is guaranteed--though the seldom-performed Faure Piano Quartet no. 2, a paragon of French rustic romanticism, could benefit from dashes of passion and fury. It'll be handled by ace pianist David Golub, in consort with violinist Cho-liang Lin and the brother act Toby Hoffman (viola) and Gary Hoffman (cello). This is the Ravinia debut of the piece, and also of Mendelssohn's Piano Sextet, which features the traditional piano quartet plus another viola and a double bass. Though breezily melodic and gently expressive, the sextet, despite its odd instrumentation, betrays the young composer's excessive attachment to the music of Bach and Mozart before he'd come into his own. Meyer and violist Paul Neubauer join Golub, Lin, and the Hoffman brothers for this performance. Opening the program is a genuine Mozart article: Duo no. 2 for Violin and Viola. Monday, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 728-4642.


Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo of the CMS of LC, by Christian Steiner.

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