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One of the world’s most versatile clarinetists for over two decades, Richard Stoltzman is finally breaking into the ranks of true celebrity. Last year one of his CDs, Concerto!, won a Grammy nomination, and a TV special featuring him playing works by Bernstein and Gershwin received an Emmy. Another CD, Dreams, furthered his appeal as a crossover artist, demonstrating his hallmark blend of virtuosity and intelligence. Newly orchestrated by Sid Romin, one of the Bernstein pieces–the Sonata for Clarinet, written when the composer was a 23-year-old upstart in residence at Tanglewood and under the influence of Paul Hindemith–will be given its American premiere on this weekend’s Grant Park Symphony Orchestra program. Another Yankee iconoclast, Charles Ives, will be represented by his youthfully exuberant and irreverent Variations on “America”, his 1902 Hymn: Largo Cantabile for Strings, and the original Symphony no. 2, in which a number of familiar tunes can be heard in sly guises. Even more familiar, bouncy Broadway tunes will round out the program: “Singin’ in the Rain,” Gershwin’s “Promenade” and “Bess, You Is My Woman Now,” and, naturally, Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story. Hugh Wolff, Grant Park’s steady-handed music director, conducts. Saturday, 8 PM, and Sunday, 7 PM, Petrillo Music Shell, Grant Park, Columbus and Jackson; 819-0614.

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