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Assuming Conan O'Brien is still on the job Thursday, one of his scheduled "Tonight Show" guests will be Baltimore's own Hilary Hahn. Maybe she can help soothe emotions on that embattled set.

The exceptional violinist, who recently turned 30 (seems like only yesterday that she was a child prodigy), will be plugging her latest CD.

This recording focuses on vocal works by Bach that include prominent solo violin passages -- "St. Matthew Passion," B Minor Mass, etc. -- and features baritone Matthias Goerne and soprano Christine Schafer, with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (they won't be joining her on the "Tonight Show," as far as I know).

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Classical musicians have not been exactly

plentiful on Conan's guest list (not that other late-night shows are much better in this regard), so Hahn's presence is doubly welcome. Assuming she gets interview time, rather than just performance time, the violinist's engaging, down-to-earth personality is likely to go over very well with the studio and TV audience alike.

Hahn's looking forward to the appearance. Her publicist quotes her as saying, "As I've grown up on the road, I've spent many post-concert hours watching Conan O'Brien on late-night television. I'm thrilled to perform on his show this week. I can't wait!"

And Hahn's violin case Twittered this message the other day: "Guess what????!!!!! Hilary's going to be on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on January 14! Let's amp up classical-music ratings, folks!" (That Hilary's Tweets are in the voice of her ever-present violin case tells you something about her personal style.)

BALTIMORE SUN FILE PHOTO

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