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Joshua Bell. One of the great performances of Cincinnati Orchestra's season / Cincinnati.com

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Sometimes, all the stars align for a sensational evening. Thursday's Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concert starring violinist Joshua Bell will be remembered as one of the great performances of the season. But everything about this all-Russian concert was extraordinary, including the orchestra's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905," led by Louis Langrée in the second half. And not least was the orchestra's announcement from the stage on Thursday that it raised $26 million, enabling the ensemble to add 14 full-time, tenured musicians to its roster. In all, there were four standing ovations – three of those went to Bell.

Bell, 47, a native of Bloomington, Indiani, is a regular guest of the Cincinnati Symphony, but when he began to play his famous 300-year-old Huberman Stradivarius violin, it was a stunning reminder of the range of his artistry. 

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