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BOY PIANIST

Roman Rabinovich is 15 - but he's not into Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys. No, Rabinovich is into the heavy stuff. He wasn't even 11 when he played the first movement of Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic. "All he needs is strength," Mehta marveled then, adding that the young pianist had everything else in place.

Now, Rabinovich is a student at Thelma-Yellin School of Arts, in Tel Aviv, Israel. But that doesn't mean he has no time to play concerts. Last year, he toured Italy, performing full recitals of Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninov. He repeated the program in Israeli cities.

Buffalo got a glimpse of Rabinovich when, in 1998, he played Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Arie Lipsky. This week, he'll be back, and we'll see how he's evolved.

Rabinovich will perform Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Jewish Community Center's Benderson Building, 2640 North Forest Road, Getzville. Adult admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door, while students may get in for $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Call 688-4033.

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