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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues

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Harmonica virtuoso Corky Siegel has assembled some high-quality talent for this light concert, in which traditional blues idioms will be playfully processed through the orchestral styles of classical and romantic chamber music. Violinists Lisa Wurman and Katherine Hughes, violist Richard Halajian, and cellist Felix Wurman, known collectively as the Consortium String Quartet, have been touring the country with Siegel; they're equally adept at providing elegant accompaniment to Siegel's harmonica and piano solos and matching him in sections of exhilarating contrapuntal improvisation; percussionist Frank Donaldson, a veteran of the Ramsey Lewis Trio, will contribute propulsive energy and diverting showmanship on the tabla. The crisp, polished playing of these six superb musicians should make this a stylish, imaginative, and engaging program. Saturday, 8 PM, Centre East, 7701 N. Lincoln, Skokie; 708-673-6300.

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