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Two masters

Our summerlike weather is the perfect time to soak up the deep, beautiful sounds of Beethoven and Mozart. The two composers share the spotlight on Sunday for the last concert on this year's Chamber Music on Elmwood festival, an annual set of concerts organized by BPO Assistant Concertmaster Ansgarius Aylward.

The intense program begins with Mozart's String Quartet in D Minor. Before bursting into the major in the final Allegro, this quartet is famous for its nervous energy, as well as its soul-searching Andante movement. Violinists Amy Glidden and Jacqueline Galuzzo will be joined by violist Kate Holzemer and cellist Amelie Fradette.

The evening ends with a piece challenging for listeners as well as performers: Beethoven's monumental String Quartet in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131, complex music requiring deep concentration. Performing will be Aylward, Galluzzo, violist Valerie Heywood and cellist David Schmude.

Between these two pieces is Beethoven's lovely "Spring" Sonata, Op. 24. It will be performed by Galluzzo and pianist Claudia Hoca.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry Street. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door. For more info, call 883-3150.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman