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COMMAND PERFORMANCE WAS `PLANE' DELIGHTFUL

Paul Katz, the cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, has played in many a concert hall, but recently he faced the challenge of performing in a new venue: an airplane.

Katz and his cello, which traveled in a separate seat under the name "Miss A. Cello," were flying from New York City to Rochester, N.Y., for a 14-city tour, when he discovered that Miss Cello's seat had been double-booked. The other occupant of the bulkhead window seat: Robin Leach, a co-host of the television show "Lifestyles With Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte."What to do?

"Mr. Leach was very nice and said, `I'd be happy to give my seat to Miss Annette Funicello,' " Katz said, explaining that cellos travel in window seats, preferably at the front of the plane so they don't block emergency exits.

"As he left for his seat in Row 7, he said: `Don't worry; it's fine. But I expect a little special in-flight entertainment,' " Katz said. "He was serious, so we set up at the stewardess' jump seat. The stewardess put the mike of the public address system next to the cello so that I could play for the entire plane."

Leach requested jazz. "But I only know classical music," Katz said. "So he said, `Then play something light.' "

And that's how the passengers on a morning flight to Rochester got to hear "Greensleeves."