Though distinguished veteran cellist Gary Hoffman gets top billing in this duo, his lesser-known sidekick, pianist David Golub, deserves equal attention. Golub, a Chicago native who’s been on the concert circuit for quite a while, is one of those versatile musicians who follow a hectic international itinerary while keeping out of fame’s way. He’s recorded fairly extensively on the Arabesque label: his 1988 recording of Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue set a standard for Gershwin interpretation, and his latest CD, a solo effort, sheds light on some of Schubert’s more obscure piano pieces. A new member of the well-regarded Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Golub brings intelligence and impeccable technique to the classical chamber canon. His collaboration with Hoffman promises to be exciting and revelatory–one of those camaraderie-filled chamber events that keep the listener rapt. The program, featuring Beethoven’s beguiling seven variations on a theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Brahms’s Sonata no. 1, Debussy’s Sonata in D Minor, and Franck’s Sonata in A Major, offers an opportunity to trace the evolution of the sonata form, an opportunity Hoffman and Golub will no doubt exploit. Monday, 8 PM, Martin 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.