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Joshua Bell is a very busy man. The violinist first performed with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields as a visitng artist when he was still a college student. Now he's the orchestra's music director and plays roughly 100 dates a year as a visiting soloist with orchestras around the world. The Academy is primarily a touring ensemble; serving as their music director doesn't give Bell any relief from the constant churn of airports and hotel rooms he calls "exhausting." But in the nearly five years since he took the group's helm, Bell says he and the orchestra's musicians have developed a relationship that helps him delve deeper into compositions he already knew and loved. "They're an amazing group. They play chamber music like a big, glorified string quartet the way they listen and sit on the edge of their seats. It's an experience I treasure." For their performance at the Schermerhorn on Tuesday, Bell and the ensemble will be playing a program of music by composers he considers the two great prodigies of music history: Mozart and Mendelssohn. 

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