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Gary Hoffman and David Golub 

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Though distinguished veteran cellist Gary Hoffman gets top billing in this duo, his lesser-known sidekick, pianist David Golub, deserves equal attention. Golub, a Chicago native who's been on the concert circuit for quite a while, is one of those versatile musicians who follow a hectic international itinerary while keeping out of fame's way. He's recorded fairly extensively on the Arabesque label: his 1988 recording of Gershwin's Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue set a standard for Gershwin interpretation, and his latest CD, a solo effort, sheds light on some of Schubert's more obscure piano pieces. A new member of the well-regarded Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Golub brings intelligence and impeccable technique to the classical chamber canon. His collaboration with Hoffman promises to be exciting and revelatory--one of those camaraderie-filled chamber events that keep the listener rapt. The program, featuring Beethoven's beguiling seven variations on a theme from Mozart's Magic Flute, Brahms's Sonata no. 1, Debussy's Sonata in D Minor, and Franck's Sonata in A Major, offers an opportunity to trace the evolution of the sonata form, an opportunity Hoffman and Golub will no doubt exploit. Monday, 8 PM, Martin Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 728-4642.

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

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