One Night, One Performance, One Great Violinist:
Joshua Bell Performs with the North Carolina Symphony
Joshua Bell has captured the public’s attention like no other classical violinist of his time. He will perform with the North Carolina Symphony in a special one night only concert on January 14, 2010 at 7:30pm at Meymandi Concert Hall at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
To understand the breadth of his appeal, just check a few of the accolades:
“Mr. Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.” – The New York Times
“Joshua Bell is the greatest American violinist active today” – The Boston Herald
“The American violinist with movie-star good looks has emerged as one of the finest musicians of his generation, whose interpretations can be seriously set beside and favorably compared to players twice his age. Dead players too.” – The Washington Post
“The most celebrated American-born violinist of the modern era.” – Elle Magazine
“ Joshua Bell plays like a god.” –John Corigliano’s acceptance speech upon receiving the Oscar for best film score, The Red Violin, performed by Joshua Bell.
“(Bell’s playing) …does nothing less than tell human beings why they bother to live.” –Interview
“…the sound just flows from that fiddle, as close to perfection as anything on Earth. Bell’s tone is a thing of rare beauty, and he plays with such warmth and refinement that you wish the phrases would last longer.” – The Seattle Times
And on it goes. For over two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare opulence. He came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions that have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”
In his program with Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony, Bell will perform Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, a great, virtuosic romp through the highlands of Scotland, complete with an orchestral rendition of bagpipes. Also on the program are Holst’s Suite No. 1 in E-flat Major, Elgar’s Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra and Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture.