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Joshua Bell set for 2017-18 Fox Valley Symphony finale / Appleton Post Crescent

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There will be a lot of history on the minds of those on the stage and likely many in the hall when the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra closes out its 2017-18 season with its Grand Finale Wednesday night. A major spotlight for the 7:30 p.m. concert at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center will be one of the most accomplished violinists of his time, who oddly enough has history with the Fox Valley Symphony that stretches back more than a decade before Groner first stepped in front of the orchestra in Appleton.

Joshua Bell, who over his 30-plus-year career has collected Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards and the Avery Fisher Prize, among dozens of other honors, will be the guest artist for three of the night's selections. (Want more history? It's also well-known that Bell plays a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin with a late-18th century French bow.) "I do remember it," Bell said of a 1983 visit to Appleton for his first-ever concert with the Fox Valley Symphony. "I do remember the host family I stayed with had a dog that bit me on the nose on the day of the concert, so I remember that."

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