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Menahem Pressler and Ying Quartet

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This recital, which opens the fifth season of Oak Park's well-received Concerts Under the Dome chamber series, felicitously pairs a seasoned veteran with a quartet of emerging talents noted for their interpretive acumen and enthusiastic playing. Menahem Pressler, the distinguished pianist whose career stretches back to the late 40s and who's achieved wide renown as a founding member of the Beaux Arts Trio, performs Schumann and Brahms with panache and bold dashes of romantic yearning. At this concert he'll solo--an infrequent occurrence given the demand for his services as an accompanist--in Schumann's intricately playful "Carnival in Vienna." In the second half he partners the Ying Quartet in Brahms's Piano Quintet, a masterpiece of exuberance tinged with melancholy. With their youthful energy and unpretentious manner, the Ying siblings, artists in residence at Northwestern, are winning fans even among their contemporaries, who are notoriously resistant to the charms of chamber music. The Ying foursome kicks off the proceedings with Brahms's String Quartet no. 3. A preconcert discussion with the musicians begins at 7:30. Friday, 8 PM, Ascension Church, 815 S. East, Oak Park; 708-383-6456.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Christian Steiner.

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