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Daniel Barenboim and Members of the Staatskapelle Berlin and the CSO 

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Daniel Barenboim's other orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, is in town for a four-day, star-studded Schumann festival at Symphony Center, and before they all fly off to New York to redo the whole thing, a few key members--clarinetist Matthias Glander, violist Felix Schwartz, cellist Kyril Zlotnikov, and double bassist Nabil Shehata--will first fly up to Evanston to play chamber music with two CSO violinists, Robert Chen and Blair Milton, and, of course, Barenboim. This is a rare opportunity to hear some outstanding first-chair orchestral musicians in a more revealing small ensemble, performing masterpieces from the repertoire--Mozart's sublime Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, Schubert's joyful Trout Quintet, and Dvorak's lyrical and exhilarating Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings. Barenboim is a great pianist, but I hope he has time to practice, because the Dvorak sounds like a knuckle buster. The program is part of Northwestern University's Winter Chamber Music Festival, which runs through January 25. Sunday, January 18, 7:30 PM, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston; 847-467-4000 or 847-491-5441.

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