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Last night the Cleveland Orchestra once more gave us an outstanding performance under the conduction of charismatic director Giancarlo Guerrero-(currently working with the Nashville Symphony). The program opened with Dmitri kabalevsky's buoyant overture to his opera "Colas Breugnon", which set the mood for the rest of the night with its brisky, vibrant mood. Then we had Elgar's "Enigma Variations", always enjoyable in its portrayal of all the different characters for which the initials of each theme stand for. Number nine, the adagio "Nimrod", of course always a winner. After Elgar we were offered the main course...the T-bone stake in the form of Mendelssohn's sublime"Violin Concerto in E minor", which brought to the stage the magnificent Italo/German violinist Augustin Hadelich, who literally made his violin SPEAK, particularly during its devilish solos. He received a long ovation, and so then decided to give two encores-(I only identified one...Paganini's "Caprice No. 24"...of course, always an audience's favorite). The night ended with Ravel's "Bolero", which never fails to always make me wonder how Miss Rubinstein endured dancing to such a long composition on top of that table... :P

Wonderful concert. :clapping:

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