Thursday, March 17, 2016
Where: The Paramount
Cost: $250 Gold Circle / $99.50 / $64.50 / $49.50
The Paramount Theater is pleased to welcome Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields this March 2016.
MENDELSSOHN Hebrides Overture Op.26 (Fingal’s Cave)
MOZART Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K218
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No.4, op.90, A major ‘Italian’
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. His restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Their first recording under Bell’s leadership of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies from Sony Classical debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Bell’s recording of the Bach violin concertos with the orchestra was released September 29, 2014 to coincide with the airing of the HBO documentary special Joshua Bell: A Young Arts Master Class.
Bell has received many accolades: in 2014 he was honored by the New York Chapter, The Recording Academy; in 2012 by the National Young Arts Foundation; in 2011 he received the Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and the Huberman Award from Moment Magazine. Bell was named ‘Instrumentalist of the Year, 2010’ by Musical America and received the Humanitarian Award from Seton Hall University. In 2009 he was honored by Education Through Music and he received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 2007 and was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and, at 17, debuted at Carnegie Hall. Bell’s career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor and he is an outspoken advocate for classical music and keeping music education in schools. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.