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The Cleveland Orchestra returns to IU for concert, Jacobs School residency

WHAT: The Cleveland Orchestra
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21
WHERE: IU Auditorium
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Cleveland Orchestra returns to Indiana University for its third Jacobs School of Music residency Jan. 20 to 22.

The centerpiece of the residency is a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at IU Auditorium. The orchestra will perform "Jealousy" by Janáček, "Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53" by Dvořák and Ravel's arrangement of "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky. Jakub Hrůša will be the special guest conductor, and Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster William Preucil will be featured as violin soloist.

Throughout the residency, students will attend and participate in rehearsals and performances with The Cleveland Orchestra and network with its musicians and administrators. IU students will play side by side with members of the orchestra for two rehearsals -- one each with the IU Concert Orchestra and the IU Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the IU Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by the young acclaimed conductor Hrůša in a rehearsal of Brahms' "Symphony No. 2." Members of The Cleveland Orchestra also will teach orchestral repertoire classes for woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion and keyboard.

A highlight of the residency will be a woodwind chamber recital by a combined ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra musicians with Jacobs School faculty and students. The program includes Mendelssohn's "Konzertstück No. 1," Musgrave's "Impromptu No. 1 for Flute and Oboe," Ellington's "Caravan" (bassoon quartet version) and Gounod's "Petite Symphonie" for wind instruments.

Additional residency activities include a school visit with students at Fairview Elementary School; an orchestra management seminar presented by Cleveland Orchestra administrators; and a discussion about music entrepreneurship with members of the orchestra and violinist Midori. Full residency details can be found at the Jacobs School of Music blog.

"The auditorium is proud to once again help bring together two venerable institutions, The Cleveland Orchestra and Indiana University, for what is certainly a highlight of this year's season," said IU Auditorium Director Doug Booher. "This program will be especially memorable as we welcome one of the world's most celebrated young conductors, Jakub Hrůša, to collaborate with these world-class musicians as they enrich the university and community with their residency programs and elegant performance."

Born in the Czech Republic and described by Gramophone as "on the verge of greatness," Hrůša has served as music director and chief conductor of PKF - Prague Philharmonia since 2009. He is also principal guest conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, with whom he recently extended his commitment through the 2017-18 season. Hrůša is a regular guest with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony, WDR Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

Originally from Brno, Hrůša studied conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he now lives with his wife and daughter. He is president of the International Martinu Circle.

Violinist Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995. Before joining The Cleveland Orchestra, the IU alumnus served for seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet and as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Preucil began studying violin at the age of 5. At 16, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy and entered Indiana University to study with Josef Gingold.

The Cleveland Orchestra was founded in 1918. Educational programs led by The Cleveland Orchestra, a cornerstone of the orchestra’s mission, have introduced more than 4 million Cleveland-area schoolchildren to symphonic music since 1921. Headed by music director Franz Welser-Möst, this extraordinary ensemble is considered one of the world's top orchestras.

The ensemble brings its signature style to a repertoire that spans the breadth of the classical catalog. Also one of the largest orchestras in the nation at more than 100 members, The Cleveland Orchestra performs year-round in music festivals, in residencies, at home at Cleveland’s Severance Hall and in tours throughout the United States and around the world.

"The Jacobs School is very pleased to continue its close relationship with The Cleveland Orchestra," said Jacobs School of Music Dean Gwyn Richards. "For the third time, we welcome some of the best musicians in the world -- some of whom are Jacobs alumni -- as they share their expertise with our students through their residency and distinguished performance."

"We look forward to returning to Indiana University for this year's residency, which provides an invaluable opportunity for The Cleveland Orchestra to share our passion for performing and teaching with the Bloomington community and the talented young musicians who will carry this great art form forward to future generations,” said Gary Hanson, executive director of The Cleveland Orchestra. "Artistic excellence is a cornerstone of The Cleveland Orchestra and we are thrilled to be part of this ongoing and rewarding relationship with Indiana University, which shares the same commitment.”

For more information on The Cleveland Orchestra and the rest of the 2014-15 season, visit IUauditorium.com. The website features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook and Twitter pages, which often feature exclusive benefits throughout the year.

The Cleveland Orchestra at IU Auditorium is sponsored by Indiana University Office of the President and WFIU Public Radio. IU Auditorium’s 2014-15 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97 Radio, The Herald-Times and CFC Properties.