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Cleveland Orchestra in residence, performance with Joshua Bell

January 8, 2013

The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Indiana University Bloomington for its second Jacobs School of Music residency from January 22 to 24.

The centerpiece of the residency is a performance at IU Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, the orchestra will perform Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major,” featuring IU alumnus and Jacobs School faculty member Joshua Bell as guest soloist.

Throughout the residency, students will have the opportunity to participate in rehearsals with the orchestra, attend rehearsals and performances, and participate in events with the orchestra’s musicians and Welser-Möst. IU students will rehearse with the orchestra and its assistant conductor, James Feddeck, at IU Auditorium and participate in a coaching session with Welser-Möst at the Musical Arts Center. Principals of the orchestra will teach repertoire classes for strings, brass, percussion and keyboard open to all students, and members of the orchestra will participate in a reading session of Jacobs School student compositions.

A highlight of the residency will be a chamber performance by a combined ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra musicians William Preucil, Stephen Rose, Robert Vernon, and Mark Kosower and IU Jacobs School of Music faculty Jorja Fleezanis, Sibbi Bernhardsson, Stephen Wyrczynski, Eric Kim, and Shigeo Neriki. The program includes Schumann’s “Piano Quintet” and Mendelssohn’s “Octet.” Additional residency activities include an after-school visit with young string musicians at Fairview Elementary School and an orchestra management seminar presented by Cleveland Orchestra administrators. A complete schedule of events is available online.

The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918, and educational programs led by The Cleveland Orchestra — a cornerstone of the orchestra’s original mission — have introduced more than 4 million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921. Since its inception, it has remained one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world.

The 2012-13 season marks the 11th year of the orchestra’s partnership with Welser-Möst. Under his leadership, The Cleveland Orchestra has established an ongoing biennial residency in Vienna at the famed Musikverein concert hall and at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland. It has also appeared in residence at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan, and at the Salzburg Festival with sold-out performances of Dvorak’s opera Rusalka. In the United States, Welser-Möst has established an annual multi-week Cleveland Orchestra Miami Residency in Florida and launched a residency at New York’s Lincoln Center Festival in addition to the second residency at Indiana University.

Bloomington native Joshua Bell received his Artist Diploma in violin performance in 1989 from Indiana University. Bell credits a large part of his success to the inspiration of renowned violinist and pedagogue Josef Gingold, former Jacobs School of Music professor and former concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra. Bell’s alma mater honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1991, and Bell has been named an “Indiana Living Legend” and received the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award. In 2005, he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize. In the same year, he joined the Jacobs School faculty.

Bell’s film-score work has been received with critical acclaim and includes The Red Violin soundtrack, which won the Oscar for Best Original Score. Bell has performed around the world at countless festivals, including the Verbier, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Enescu, and the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall. He frequently performs with major orchestras, including the Russian National Orchestra, Czestochowa Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

“The Jacobs School has a long-standing and significant association with The Cleveland Orchestra,” says Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards. “Faculty members have come to us from the orchestra, and Jacobs School alumni have held positions in its ranks. It is especially exciting to pair the orchestra with an alumnus and faculty member in whom we take such pride.”

For more information on The Cleveland Orchestra and the rest of the 2012-13 season, visit The Cleveland Orchestra at IU Auditorium is sponsored by Hilliard Lyons, WFIU and IU Office of the President. IU Auditorium’s 2012-13 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, and IU Residential Programs and Services.

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