Chamber music often takes a backseat to orchestral music during the summer months, but this week there is a feast that will prepare chamber-music lovers for the dry weeks ahead: the Beaux Arts Trio playing the complete piano trios of Beethoven in three consecutive concerts. The tight ensembling and depth of interpretation that the Beaux Arts brings to its repertoire is legendary and second to none. Violinist Isidore Cohen, pianist Menahem Pressler, and newcomer cellist Peter Wiley (replacing founding member Bernard Greenhouse, who retired last year) think and play as a single musical entity, always penetrating the deepest meaning of the music they perform. The revolutionary piano trios of Beethoven are arguably the most significant pieces in the entire genre, and to hear them performed together offers a rare and fascinating perspective on the composer that spans his various periods of development. Monday through Wednesday, 8 PM, Murray Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Green Bay and Lake Cook Rds., Highland Park; 728-4642.

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