Stimulating concerts offered by University of Chicago Presents

Hyde Park Herald

By M. L. Rantala

University of Chicago Presents continues to be the premier presenter of classical music on the South Side of Chicago. Two recent concerts exemplify its fine programming.

The first Friday of this month UC Presents brought violinist Leila Josefowicz to Mandel Hall for a stimulating recital. She was joined by collaborative pianist John Novacek.

Their concert opened with an arrangement by Friedrich Hermann of “Valse triste” by Sibelius. Josefowicz mixed melancholy with a lyrical bounciness and just before the closing whisper she offered a notably fierce attack. Novacek took a hard-edged approach to the piano part that was at times pleasing and at times distracting.

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