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CELLO FAME

Regina Mushabac is a cellist new to this area but one who brings impressive credentials for her planned recital with pianist Nancy Paddleford at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road (corner of Harlem Road), Snyder. With an award from the Concert Artists Guild and recitals in both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Mushabac earlier studied with Leonard Rose, Bernard Greenhouse and Janos Starker, has played with several touring piano trios, and has for 25 years been professor of cello at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. Her program is by no means run-of-the-mill, opening with her own transcription of a Mozart Violin Sonata in E-Flat, K380. Tchaikovsky's dazzling "Pezzo Capriccioso" and yet another set of "Variations on a Paganini Theme," this one by the late great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, provide reasonably familiar fare. The program also includes two works probably new to most listeners, Loris Chobanian's five "Miniatures" and the Sonata by Escalante.

-- Herman Trotter

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