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More than 20 years ago, when Korean-born violinist Young Uck Kim was learning Stravinsky's Duo Concertant, he saw Balanchine's ballet version on TV and was entranced. Now he--along with pianist Staffan Scheja and New York City Ballet principal dancers Darci Kistler and Nikolaj Hubbe--is getting a chance to participate in a re-creation of Stravinsky and Balanchine's original collaboration, which starts with the dancers listening, then moving in response to what they hear, and segueing into a series of extravagant histrionics before repeating the initial gestures. Another major work on this unusual program is Sonata for Violin and Piano by Ravel, who, like Stravinsky, was fascinated by dance and its intimate relationship to music. Expect Scheja and Kim, both well-respected chamber-recital veterans, to emphasize the romantic intensity and harmonic tensions in this piece, which will be performed without dancers. Rounding out the program are two other piano-violin works: "Suite italienne" from Stravinsky's Pulcinella and Piece en forme d'habenera, one of Ravel's brilliant remoldings of Spanish dance music. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 722-5463 or 435-6666.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Photo/Tony Esparaza.

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