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The Cleveland Orchestra with Joshua Bell

  • January 23, 2013 - January 23, 2013
  • Venue: Indiana University Auditorium
  • Address: Fine Arts Plaza, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • Phone: 812-855-1103
  • Times: 8 pm
  • Admission: IUB Students: $20-$41; General Admission: $38-$60
  • iuauditorium.com

The vibrato of the violins, the crescendo of the cellos, the arpeggio of the harps, and the subtly distinguished volumes and tempos of the other finely tuned instruments unify as one harmonious sound at a classical concert performed by the world-class musicians of THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA with special guest Joshua Bell. This season’s performance will feature a riveting solo from prodigious violinist Joshua Bell, “classical music superstar” and recipient of the 2011 Paul Newman Award for Services to the Arts and Children. The Bloomington native is no stranger to IU Auditorium, as he has performed on its stage in recent years and also received his degree from the IU Jacobs School of Music. Under the leadership of music director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the highest-ranked orchestras in the world since its formation in 1918. In addition to playing at Cleveland’s Severance Hall in the winters and at Blossom Festival during the summers, the ensemble has performed in many countries, including Japan and Korea, and has established several residencies in the United States as well as in Europe. The ensemble recently established residency with Indiana University, where the renowned musicians perform and interact with students at IU’s Jacobs School of Music, and during its stay in Bloomington, the professional musicians will conduct several programs that focus on the ambitious students. In addition to its stellar musical programs with college students, the orchestra’s educational programs, a cornerstone of the orchestra’s original mission, have introduced more than four million Cleveland-area school children to symphonic music since 1921. During the ensemble’s previous visit to Bloomington, first chair violinist, Jeanne Pruecil Rose, visited young musicians from Fairview Elementary School and taught them not only how to play, but also offered them first-hand knowledge about what life is like as a member of a such a distinguished orchestra. “I wanted to thank you for scheduling one of the most magnificent performances that I have seen at the Auditorium,” wrote one audience member after the orchestra’s last appearance at the Auditorium. “To have one of the world’s best symphonies here in Bloomington is truly a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the ultimate in music. The audience of more than 2000 people was truly captivated by the unbelievable sounds from some of the world’s finest musicians.” Bloomington has a vast understanding of and appreciation for music, and IU Auditorium is honored to host The Cleveland Orchestra, one of the world’s most sought-after ensembles, for another breathtaking performance.

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