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Andrew Kohji Taylor and Timothy Bozarth 

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In the 25 years since it was established, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series at the Cultural Center has featured hundreds of young musicians about to make their mark, including local stalwarts such as violinist Rachel Barton and soprano Jonita Lattimore. The competition for the 50 programs each year is intense, and the waiting list is long. Violinist Andrew Kohji Taylor and pianist Timothy Bozarth got next week's slot, and it's easy to see why. Taylor was a prodigy, studied with the underrated Henryk Szerying, and graduated from the New England Conservatory; his debut CD (on Warner) shows a polished, meticulous player coaxing breathtakingly radiant sounds from music by Debussy and Janacek. Bozarth's resume is no less impressive: he's a Beethoven fellow of the American Pianists Association, a winner of international contests, a fledgling accompanist, and, like Taylor, a member of the Boston-based new-music ensemble Janus 21. At this recital, they're partnered in Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and Messiaen's "Louange a l'immortalite de Jesus," the final movement from his Quartet for the End of Time. This transcendent section of the quartet, consisting of a slowly ascending spiral of rhapsodic violin phrases over a ruminative piano accompaniment, tests the musicians' control of dynamics and their ability to project spirituality. Wednesday, September 5, 12:15 PM, Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington; 312-744-1430 or 312-744-6630.


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