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Cellist Nathaniel Rosen and pianist Ian Hobson are both on the faculty of the music school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and have both taken on hectic concert schedules. Rosen, who won a Naumburg prize in the late 70s, is one of the best young soloists around, though his star hasn't quite ascended to the stratosphereic level of his contemporary Yo-Yo Ma. The British-trained Hobson is an excellent keyboardist whose temperament seems to suit the less flashy duties of an accompanist and chamber player. A decade ago he founded the chamber ensemble Sinfonia de Camera, which has since become a bright spot on Urbana's cultural scene. The two profs are teaming up for a rare joint recital in the Chicago area, part of an occasional (and free) series at the Cultural Center showcasing luminaries on the U. of I. faculty. Their program presents three gems from the cello-sonata literature: Brahms's well-known Second, Debussy's less-often-performed D Minor, and Rachmaninoff's G Minor. Sunday, 3 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; 346-3278.

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

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