It’ll be homecoming for Christoph von Dohnányi this week, when the erstwhile Cleveland Orchestra music director returns to Severance Hall for only his second appearance since stepping down in 2002. Since then, the octogenarian maestro has hardly slowed down. He was principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London until 2008, and is still chief conductor of the Hamburg-based North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, which he’s taken on tour to South America, Europe and China. He’s also a regular guest conductor of most of our nation’s “big five” orchestras. For his return, Dohnányi will lead some of the music he’s best known for, including Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante. The orchestra has added lots of new players since Dohnanyi’s departure, but the Mozart soloists will be familiar faces: concertmaster/violinist William Preucil, whom Dohnanyi hired in 1995, and violist Robert Vernon, whose tenure with the orchestra precedes even the returning maestro’s. Performances are at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Severance Hall (11001 Euclid Ave., 216.231.1111). Tickets: $40-$106. — Michael Gill
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