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Sarasota News Leader January 4, 2013 Page 86 CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TO TAKE THE VAN WEZEL STAGE The Sarasota Concert Association���s 2013 Great Performers Series will continue with the acclaimed Cleveland Orchestra and violin soloist Joshua Bell on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Under the leadership of Franz Welser-M��st, the Cleveland Orchestra ���remains one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of artistic excellence, concert programming and community engagement,��� a news release says. In this Van Wezel appearance, the orchestra will perform the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 by Beethoven and Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz. Often referred to as the ���poet of the violin,��� Bell is one of the world���s most celebrated violinists, the release adds. Born in Bloomington, IN, he received his first violin at age 4; at 12, he began studying with revered violinist Josef Gingold at Indiana University, the release points out. Two years later, Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. At the age of 17, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, the release adds. Franz Welser-Most conducts the Cleveland Orchestra. Contributed photo by Roger Mastroianni

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