Cleveland Orchestra joined violinist Joshua Bell at Van Wezel in Sarasota

January 24, 2013 

The Sarasota Concert Association's "Great Performers Series" continues with a performance Monday at the Van Wezel by the venerable Cleveland Orchestra featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell, who plays a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

Under the leadership of Franz Welser-Most, the Cleveland Orchestra remains one of the most acclaimed performing ensembles in the world.

Dubbed the "poet of the violin," the 45-year-old Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his generation. In addition to his Grammy trophy, Bell is an Avery Fisher Prize recipient and Musical America's 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Bell can be seen and heard playing in the Oscar-winning 1998 film "The Red Violin."

Details: 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota. Tickets: $40-$70. Information: 941-955-7676 or

--Wade Tatangelo

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