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Waco Symphony Kicks Off Season With Joshua Bell

Sept. 27, 2011

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Conducter Stephen Heyde said Joshua Bell was a natural choice to be invited back to play with the Waco Symphony during a half-century celebration.

The violinist played with the orchestra in 2003, and returns to Waco as a part of his 120 stop-tour this year. Bell performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington this weekend, and has appeared on some of the grandest stages in the world. But he says there's something special about going into smaller communities and promoting classical music in those areas.

Bell has toured for the last two decades, but this year's is the last before a change. He recently accepted a position as music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, an English chamber orchestra. While he will play with symphonies across the country, those dates will be fewer, as he dedicates more of his time to the his new role.

Bell peforms tonight with the Waco Symphony; Tchaikovsky's Symphony Number Four, among other pieces will be on the bill. You can hear prior stories on the Symphony's fiftieth anniversary online at kwbu.org. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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