Critic’s Choice

Wed Jun 03, 2015 at 12:36 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe
Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe

The North Shore Chamber Music Festival is marking five years this season. Founded by the husband-and-wife team of violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, the Northbrook series has drawn a stellar array of guest artists, serving up consistently excellent performances of programs that mix cornerstone repertory with offbeat selections.

The three-concert festival opens 7:30 p.m. tonight in Northbrook at the Village Presbyterian Church. Gluzman will be joined by the Ariel String Quartet, pianist William Wolfram, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Mark Kosower, principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. The program includes Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style, Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” String Quartet, Op. 59, no.2, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio.

Friday’s program offers music of Bach, Golijov and Schumann and the festival closes Saturday with works of Busoni, Mozart and Vivaldi.; 847-370-3894.


If you missed the remarkable local debut of Denis Kozhukhin in his Mandel Hall recital last November, you have a second opportunity this weekend.  The young Russian pianist will make his Chicago Symphony Orchestra bow performing Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand. The concerts, led by Ludovic Morlot, also include Ravel’s La Valse, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Stravinsky’s Jeu de cartes. Concerts are 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday; Kozhukhin will also perform the concerto in a “Beyond the Score” program focused on Ravel 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday.; 312-294-3000.

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