In the often stodgy world of classical music, exclusivity is usually the rule. Young British violinist Nigel Kennedy apparently didn’t know that and has garnered a reputation as an outstanding performer in jazz and rock circles as well. His jazz gigs include an LP, Strad Jazz, touring with Stephane Grappelli, and violin arrangements of Ellington classics. His rock gigs include recording with Paul McCartney, Kate Bush, and Talk Talk. This week Chicago will get to hear Kennedy’s amazing diversity in two appearances sponsored by Chamber Music Chicago. The first is a 45-minute jazz set with Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque (whose own career took off this year with his playing on Sting’s Nothing Like the Sun and a subsequent six-album contract with Sting’s Pangaea label) on Sunday afternoon; the second a violin recital with pianist Ken Noda on Monday evening, Monday’s program includes Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata, as well as sonatas by Ravel and Bartok, which in Kennedy’s hands betray their intimate relationship to modern jazz and rock idioms. Sunday, 5 PM, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, 215 W. Superior; Monday, 8 PM, Auditorium Theatre, 70 E. Congress; 663-1628.

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