David Finckel has long been renowned in the classical music community as the cellist for the Emerson Quartet. He is also a musician of supreme intellectual leanings. On YouTube, you may observe Finckel dissecting the vibrato of baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's voice so he can duplicate it on his cello.
Aside from these pursuits, Finckel has a parallel career going, as half of a duo with his wife, pianist Wu Han. Lavishly praised, the duo is making a rare local appearance in the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Flickinger Performing Arts Center at Nichols School. The concert, called "Essential Elements: A Composer's Toolbox," begins with a Bach Adagio and moves into an Adagio and Allegro by Robert Schumann. One of Beethoven's sublime sonatas for cello and piano follows, the Sonata in C., Op. 102, No. 1. The concert finishes with a sonata by Pierre Jaubert and another by Cesar Franck.
Single tickets, if you do not hold a subscription, are $40. This is also your opportunity to buy into next year's Ramsi Tick season, which comprises pianists Richard Goode and Joyce Yang as well as Les Violons du Roy and the winner of the next Tchaikovsky Competition. Subscriptions are available right now with a $25 early-bird discount. Call 759-4778.
-- Mary Kunz Goldman