Nothing like a little Baroque and early Classical music to demonstrate the amazing flexibility of the Cleveland Orchestra.

As if to remind listeners that it also possesses the chops of an early-music ensemble, the orchestra Saturday took a brief sojourn from its summer-long parade of Romantic and 20th-Century hits and spent a lovely evening at Blossom Music Center playing Bach, Haydn and Mozart.

What’s more, it did so with one of the best: conductor Nicholas McGegan. Under him, an animated specialist in repertoire of that era, the orchestra evinced all the traits one desires, showing off much as ensembles of old once strove to delight their sponsors.

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