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Budapest-born Janos Starker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal cellist in the 50s, is still a preeminent and much-recorded concert soloist. He's also keenly appreciated as a teacher, having trained scores of musicians during his long tenure at Indiana University. Starker's playing style, though a bit old-fashioned in its central-European mellowness, is ideally suited for the mostly romantic tenor of this recital, marking his first Chicago appearance in many years. Works on the versatile program range from the elegant adagio and allegro of Luigi Boccherini's Sonata in A Major to the first of Bartok's two folkloric Rhapsodies for violin and piano, later arranged for cello and piano by the composer. Schubert's Sonatina no. 1 and Franck's ultraromantic Sonata for Violin and Piano, both adapted for cello, should show off Starker's own vaunted penchant for transcription. Indiana U. alum Reiko Shigeoka-Neriki is the accompanist. As a bonus, there's the Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by Gaspar Cassado, a celebrated Spanish cellist. This recital concludes the new--and welcome--concert series at Oak Park's Ascension Church. Tonight, 8 PM, Ascension Church, 815 S. East, Oak Park; 708-383-8448.

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