Cleveland Orchestra to play free community concert

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The Cleveland Orchestra announces a free community concert in which the Orchestra performs "side-by-side" with members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra.

The concert will be given in Severance Hall on April 18, at 7:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Brett Mitchell, who is in his first season as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Musical selections to be performed by The Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra are Shostakovich's Festive Overture, Michael Torke's Bright Blue Music, and two movements from Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. Violinist James Thompson, currently a student of Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil at the Cleveland Institute of Music, will perform with The Cleveland Orchestra as soloist in Saint-Saƫns's Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin and orchestra. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2012. His positions in COYO included principal second violin, followed by concertmaster.

Admission to this concert is free, with general admission seating, but tickets are required. Tickets are available now, on a first-come, first-served basis, through the Severance Hall ticket office in person; by phone at 216-231-1111 or 800-686-1141; or online at clevelandorchestra.com. There is a limit of six tickets per household.

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