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Joshua Bell set to perform with University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra / Lexington Herald Leader

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Peruse the specifics of Joshua Bell's performance on Friday night April 3rd with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and you will discover how everything, from the artist to the program to the very performance setting, is linked. First, consider the pairing: one of the world's most celebrated classical violinists collaborating with a student orchestra full of players roughly the age Bell was when the Indiana native made his performance debut in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

"I enjoy being around young people who are sort of at the cusp of a musical career," the Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone award and Avery Fisher Prize winning Bell says. "I enjoy being around that sort of enthusiasm. I feel at that stage they are still ready to soak things in and learn. They have a real love of music which one should have throughout one's life. I spend most of my time playing with professional orchestras, and that can be wonderful, too. But there are times where you get the sense that most professional orchestras are doing it precisely as a profession. Sometimes it feels like you don't get the same sense of youthful enthusiasm of a student orchestra. My point is I enjoy being around young people. I've had 30 years of touring and making music professionally. Hopefully, some of that wisdom might be able to rub off on them."  

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