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Personnel changes in long-established chamber groups can often be profound-sometimes enlivening, sometimes debilitating. The Emerson String Quartet's concert Monday night at Ravinia's Martin Theater showed a new member fitting nicely into a veteran ensemble. David Finckel departed the group last year and his successor, Paul Watkins, is clearly proving a fine addition. Initially a bit reticent in projection, the English cellist was soon blending superbly with the three founding Emerson members, and Watkins' burnished tone and committed playing were a consistent pleasure. READ THE FULL Chicago Classical Review