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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1/7 & 9: Cleveland Orchestra

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Jaap van Zweden and William Preucil have something more in common than a Cleveland Orchestra concert on their schedule this weekend. Like Preucil, van Zweden is a top-notch violinist. He was appointed concertmaster at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebou Orchestra in 1979 at age 19, the youngest person ever to hold the post. He sat in that chair until 1995, when he switched to conducting. That’s what he’s doing at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave., 216.231.1111), where Preucil is soloist in the George Neikrug Violin Concerto. During his lengthy career, Neikrug was noted for playing some of the most difficult works written for violin — even the Paganini capriccios — on his larger and more physically challenging instrument, the cello. But here the cellist is writing for the violin. Also on the program: Johann Wagenaar’s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Van Zweden conducts the orchestra in the same program tomorrow night at 7, minus the concerto, with a reception featuring live music afterward. Severance Hall. Tickets: $31-$92. — Michael Gill

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