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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is, quite rightly, the primary star of Thursday's centennial concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall - 100 years to the day since the ensemble debuted. But a little extra star power doesn't hurt. Joining music director Marin Alsop and the BSO will be one of the most gifted and popular violinists on the scene, Joshua Bell. He'll be the soloist in the Suite from Bernstein's "West Side Story" (arranged by William David Brohn), a work Bell recorded 15 years ago with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by former BSO music director David Zinman. "I've always loved the Meyerhoff," Bell says. "I have many fond memories of every concert [I played there] with David Zinman, one of my favorites. And I love 'West Side Story.' I have started playing the Suite again. After I recorded it, I dropped it for many years."

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