This year is the 150th anniversary of Sibelius' birth. His Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, was premiered in 1904. Joshua Bell is an acclaimed master of this mystical and magical concert favorite. His skill in handling the daunting technical demands with clarity and precision while infusing the interwoven lyrical material with passion is the stuff of legend. During the North Carolina Symphony's performance the opening statement of the violin over the hovering strings of the orchestra was mesmerizing.
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