Joshua Bell

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Joshua Bell

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-169

Duration

1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

29

Dec, 2015

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

30

Dec, 2015

Wednesday, 7:30 PM

2

Jan, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Philharmonic friend Joshua Bell — whose “tone is a thing of rare beauty ... he plays with such warmth and refinement that you wish the phrases would last longer” (The Seattle Times) — performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, which another violin legend famously deemed “the most inward, the heart’s jewel.” Plus Alan Gilbert and the Orchestra celebrate Sibelius’s 150th birthday, and you’re invited.

Program

Sibelius

The Swan of Tuonela

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Sibelius

Symphony No. 4

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Mendelssohn

Violin Concerto

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Sibelius

Finlandia

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Artists

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert

Conductor

Alan Gilbert, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, launches a new appointment as chief conductor designate of Hamburg’s NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra this fall, shortly after the opening of its already iconic new home. The Grammy Award–winning conductor previously served as principal guest conductor of the orchestra (then known as NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg) for more than a decade, and will assume the role of chief conductor in September 2019. This position follows his truly transformative eight-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, during which, through such key initiatives as the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, he succeeded in making the Orchestra a leader on the cultural landscape. Alan Gilbert is also conductor laureate of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the founder and president of Musicians for Unity. With the endorsement and guidance of the United Nations, this new organization will bring together musicians from around the world to perform in support of peace, development, and human rights.

Alan Gilbert makes regular guest appearances with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. He has led operatic productions for Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Zurich Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, where he was the inaugural music director.

His discography includes The Nielsen Project, a box set recorded with the New York Philharmonic, and John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, captured on DVD at The Metropolitan Opera, for which he won a Grammy Award. He received Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Music Direction in PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts of two star-studded New York Philharmonic productions: of Sweeney Todd and Sinatra: Voice for a Century.

Alan Gilbert has received Honorary Doctor of Music degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and Westminster Choir College, as well as Columbia University’s Ditson Conductor’s Award. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was named an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. At The Juilliard School, he is the first holder of the William Schuman Chair in Musical Studies and serves as Director of Conducting and Orchestral Studies. After giving the annual Royal Philharmonic Society Lecture on Orchestras in the 21st Century: A New Paradigm during the New York Philharmonic’s EUROPE / SPRING 2015 tour, he received a 2015 Foreign Policy Association Medal for his commitment to cultural diplomacy.

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Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

Joshua Bell

Violin

With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards, and is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. In 2018 he tours with the Academy to the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, and Asia. He performs ten recitals in Europe and America with pianist Sam Haywood, and on February 7, 2018, he reunites with pianist Jeremy Denk for a recital, broadcast live from Carnegie Hall. Further season highlights include engagements with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Danish National Symphony, and an all-Beethoven play-direct program with the Orchestre national de Lyon. Recently Sony Classical released Joshua Bell — The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of classical repertoire displaying his breadth, versatility, and virtuosity. Slated for April 2018 is his recording of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and G-minor Concerto with the Academy. Mr. Bell recently engaged in two “tech projects:” With Embertone, the leading virtual instrument sampling company,  the Joshua Bell Virtual Violin was created for producers, artists, engineers, and composers. He also partnered with Sony for the Joshua Bell VR Experience, featuring Mr. Bell performing Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No. 1 in full, 360-degree VR, available as a free download for SONY PlayStation 4 VR. Convinced of the value of music as an educational tool, Joshua Bell is a member of Turnaround Arts and Education Through Music, which provide arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools. He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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