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All three solo acts featured in this all-concerto affair led by erstwhile Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra head maestro Zdenek Macal have previously appeared in the Ravinia Festival's Rising Stars series, which showcases the talents of classical musicians who are expected to be among the best and brightest of the next generation. Chicago native Jennifer Koh is touted for her fiery yet sensitive violin playing, an approach that ought to be appropriate for Prokofiev's Violin Concerto no. 2. A 17-year-old Oberlin student, she's been getting awards and critical attention since she was a tot. The same is true for Awadagin Pratt, a pianist who also plays the violin and conducts. Powerfully built and striking in his Rastafarian getup, Pratt likes to hunch over the piano while tickling the ivories. It will be interesting to see how he tackles the impeccably suave Saint-Saens Piano Concerto no. 4. The Eroica Trio, obviously named after Beethoven's Third Symphony, is a relative newcomer. Formed in 1986 at the Juilliard, the trio--whose members are Erika Nickrenz, violinist Adela Pena, and cellist Sara Sant'Ambrogio--won the coveted Naumburg Chamber Music Award four years ago and is noted for its performances of contemporary works. Beethoven's Triple Concerto may not be much of a novelty, but the trio's zestful style could result in a dazzling interpretation worthy of the music's intricate exchanges. When he's on, conductor Macal can be very playful indeed. Saturday, 8 PM, Pavilion, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 728-4642.

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


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