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Bay Area audiences will be able to experience top artists in wide range of musical eras / The Mercury News

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Bay Area audiences will be able to experience two events featuring three top pianists this weekend in programs covering a wide range of musical eras and styles. Appearances by violinist Hilary Hahn and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra are also waiting in the wings, and the Young People's Symphony Orchestra marks a special anniversary.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich - who are partners offstage as well as on - come to Berkeley this weekend for an unusual duo recital. Igor Levit, who earlier this year won the prestigious Gilmore Award, arrives in San Francisco the same night with a program designed to show the ways the Romantics reinterpreted composers of earlier eras. Even as a young artist, Hilary Hahn made the music of J.S. Bach central to her career; the Grammy Award-winning violinist gave thrilling performances of Bach works throughout her teen years. Now in her 30s, Hahn is no longer a prodigy, but she remains one of the world's finest Bach interpreters. Audiences can hear how her artistry has matured when the San Francisco Symphony hosts her in an all-Bach program for solo violin on Nov. 4.

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