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Katia and Mariella Labeque 

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The Labeque sisters, Katia and Marielle, are the most sensational piano duo since Fitzdale and Gold. Not quite convinced? Neither was I, until I heard and saw them in action last year. For a brief spell, their pyrotechnics and panache made me believe in the merits and possibilities of the dubious genre, which enjoyed a tremendous vogue among bourgeois households in the prephonograph days. In this return engagement, the Labeques aim for the spectacular: keyboard fireworks will be reinforced by an arsenal of other percussive sounds (commanded by guests Sylvio Gualda and Jean-Pierre Drouet). The symphonic effect will be applied, brilliantly and enchantingly I'm sure, to selections from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and to Bartok's Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion (arranged for the Labeques by Irwin Kostal). Wednesday, 8 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 242-6237.

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


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