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RISING STAR

Viviane Hagner, a 24-year old Munich-born violinist, was selected at age 13 to be the German soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic in a famous 1990 concert in Tel Aviv. Later she won first prize in the 2000 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The gifted musician will be in Buffalo next week as the featured soloist in two concerts on the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

At 8 p.m. Wednesday in Slee Hall, she will inaugurate the season's Slee/Visiting Artist Series with a recital accompanied by pianist Tatiana Goncharova. Kreisler's "Variations on a Theme by Corelli" opens the program, followed by Mozart's Sonata in B-Flat, K454. At the center is Ysaye's Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27 No. 4. Both artists are back on stage to play a violin-piano transcription of 10 of Shostakovich's piano Preludes, Op. 34, then conclude with Schumann's Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105. Tickets are $12 general, $9 senior/UB family, and $5 for students. Series tickets at a 25 percent discount are still available.

Next Friday, Hagner will be back on the Slee Hall stage at 8 p.m. as soloist in the famous "Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi with the Slee Sinfonietta, with Magnus Martensson conducting. The program will also include Anatol Liadov's "Eight Russian Folk Songs." The single-price tickets are $5. Call 645-2921 for additional information about either of these concerts.

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