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Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Alex Klein will conduct and perform as oboe soloist in the Chicago Philharmonic’s season opener on Sunday

The Chicago Philharmonic opens its season Sunday night with a Basically Brazilian program featuring two celebrated native sons of the South American nation. Pianist Arnaldo Cohen will tackle Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and conductor Alex Klein will also double as oboe soloist in Osvaldo Lacerda’s Oboe Concerto. The program also includes the overture to Antonio Gomes’ opera Il Guarany and the Seresta No. 7 of Luduino Pitombeira. Concert time is 7 p.m. Sunday at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston.

And tickets are still available for the concert-only part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s gala ball on Saturday. No soup for you, but you can still hear Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Riccardo Muti leading the orchestra in Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in its bicentennial year.

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