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FREE CLASSICS. It's a good deal of great classical music at a great price--free.

Walter Cosand, professor of piano at Arizona State University, will perform on Sunday. Among the selections: J.S. Bach's chorale prelude Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein; Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana; two pieces from Iberia by Isaac Albéniz; and the 12 études, Op. 10, by Frédéric Chopin.

Cosand, who is ASU's keyboard area coordinator, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned bachelor and master of music degrees as well as a performer's certificate.

He was a winner of the Eastman Concerto Competition and the Grand Prize of the International Piano Recording Competition. He has also received grants from the German Academic Exchange Services and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Cosand has recorded solo piano music by Ned Rorem, David Cohen, Walter Aschaffenburg and Holon Matthews. He is member of the Papago Chamber Ensemble. He has also toured throughout the United States as a soloist, and recently he performed in Canada, Europe and Asia. In summers, Cosand is a faculty member at the MasterWorks Festival.

The Sunday concert starts at 3 p.m. at Crowder Hall, in the UA music building, at the south end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway Boulevard east of Park Avenue. For more information, call 621-2998 or visit

POWERFUL EXPRESSIONS. Imagine you are a homeless child coping with the challenges of living in transitional housing.

Now imagine what you might create to express your fears and frustrations.

Through the Eyes of a Child: The Art Room is an exhibition resulting from an expressive arts program for such children. The therapeutic act of producing art celebrates the creativity of children.

Check out this interesting and moving display by children who often are unable to express their feelings with words during a run from Friday through October 10 at the Temple Gallery, 330 S. Scott Ave., in the Temple of Music and Art. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. A reception is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. September 14. For more information, call 624-7370.

SCRUB UP AND GO. It may seem a bit odd to go to a hospital for a great concert, but retired pediatrician Virginia Furrow started a concert series to give staffers a respite from work pressures.

The series, Center Stage, is open to the public, though, so it's really worth checking out.

Catacoustic Groove makes Wednesday's concert at noon an especially attractive date. The group's award-winning ensemble sings a mean mix of a cappella renditions of rock, soul and doo-wop.

The free concerts are held each month in DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Upcoming acts include Steve Grams and Danny Krieger on October 11, Second Chance on November 19, and Phil Swanson and Henry Fuchs on December 5.

All shows are one hour. For more information, call 626-4828.

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