A gift wrapped up in a bow

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

At the out­set of her ca­reer, WendyWarner was closely as­so­ci­ated with cello su­per­star Mstislav Rostropovich, who served as her teacher and men­tor. All eyes were on her when she re­ceived a pres­ti­gious Avery Fisher Ca­reer Grant in 1991, but since then she has gained the rep­u­ta­tion of a “cel­list’s cel­list,” a mu­si­cian of fi­nesse who none­the­less does not as­pire to be the next Yo-Yo Ma and seems happy liv­ing a bal­anced life in Chicago. Her highly re­garded CDs in­clude a Naxos record­ing of Bar­ber’s Cello Con­certo, which she’ll play as part of a Christ­mas con­cert at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter at 5 p.m. on Thurs­day, Dec. 24, with Joseph Il­lick con­duct­ing the Santa Fe Con­cert As­so­ci­a­tion Or­ches­tra. The Len­sic is at 211 W. San Fran­cisco St.; or­der tick­ets, $28 to $84 (stu­dent dis­counts are avail­able), by call­ing the box of­fice, 988-1234.

Wendy Warner

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