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Paula Robison 

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One of the most endearing and durable flutists in the world, Paula Robison hasn't performed solo in the Chicago area for more than a decade. Of course, local fans have had the pleasure of her company when she's toured with comrades such as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. But the chance to witness her pyrotechnics and musicianship unencumbered by other instruments is not to be missed. For this recital, sponsored by the Chicago Flute Club, Robison has put together a historically informed program that should sate the connoisseur's appetite. Included are Mozart's enchanting Sonata in F (transcribed for flute by Robison) and the graceful Concertino by Cecile Chaminade, one of France's trailblazing women musicians. Those intrigued by the obscure should pay attention to Reverie and Die Blumen by the well-traveled 19th-century Danish virtuoso Joachim Andersen, who wrote in a crystalline style that recalls Grieg and Mendelssohn. Modernism is represented by Hindemith's 1936 Sonata. Rounding out the bill is Leon Kirchner's Flutings for Paula (1971), a technically tricky valentine to Robison for her unstinting support of new music. Accompanying her on piano will be Melody Lord. Sunday, 1 PM, concert hall, DePaul University, 800 W. Belden; 708-251-7270.

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

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