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Veteran cellist Janos Starker, a principal player for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the early 50s under Fritz Reiner, is also well-known as an inspired teacher. This weekend his talents as both a virtuoso and an instructor are on display in a series of recitals and classes. In Oak Park's Concerts Under the Dome he and longtime piano sidekick Gyorgy Sebok, a fellow Hungarian and professor at the University of Indiana, will present a pair of all-Beethoven programs. In the first are three cello sonatas (op. 5, nos. 1 and 2, and the pathbreaking F major, op. 102, no. 1) plus the Variations on Handel's "Hail the Conquering Hero Come." In the second are two more sonatas (op. 69 and op. 102, no. 2) and two sets of variations based on tunes from The Magic Flute. Starker, whose playing has a dry, vibrant, expressive sound, is at an age (71) when any interpretation of familiar classics distills and reinvents past performances. He and Sebok will conduct classes at Northwestern University for selected students from all over Illinois and hold a discussion before each concert. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, Ascension Church, 815 S. East, Oak Park; 708-383-6456.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Bernard A. Heyman.

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