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The Red Violin in Concert Featuring Joshua Bell


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



2 hours & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Oct, 2018

Tuesday, 7:30 PM


Oct, 2018

Wednesday, 7:30 PM


Oct, 2018

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Oct, 2018

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Joshua Bell reprises his movie debut, joining the New York Philharmonic for a live to film performance of John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning score to The Red Violin — the story of a violin’s epic journey from 18th-century Italy to 1997 Montreal.

The Red Violin is rated R.


John Corigliano

The Red Violin (score performed live to complete film)


Michael Stern


Michael Stern


Michael Stern


Conductor Michael Stern is currently in his 14th season as music director of the Kansas City Symphony and 19th season as founding artistic director and principal conductor of the IRIS Orchestra. In the summer of 2018 he led the score to The Red Violin with Joshua Bell at Festival Napa Valley and with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Chicago Philharmonic at Ravinia. He also led a concert at Manchester Music Festival. His guest engagements in the 2018–19 season include returning to conduct concerts at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition.

Michael Stern and Kansas City have been hailed for their artistic ascent, original programming, organizational development and stability, and the growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began. Mr. Stern and the orchestra have partnered with Grammy Award–winning Reference Recordings for a series of well-received CDs, including a new recording of works by American composer Adam Schoenberg, Holst’s The Planets, and albums of works by Elgar, Sibelius, and Saint-Saëns.

IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, is known for the virtuosity of its playing and the depth and variety of its programming, with special emphasis on American contemporary music. Under Mr. Stern’s direction, IRIS has commissioned and premiered works by William Bolcom, Chris Brubeck, Richard Danielpour, Stephen Hartke, Edgar Meyer, Jonathan Leshnoff, Ned Rorem, and Huang Ruo, among others, and has released recordings on the Naxos and Arabesque labels.

Michael Stern has conducted the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, National, Montreal, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Seattle symphony orchestras; The Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras; and the New York Philharmonic. He also appears regularly at the Aspen Music Festival and has served on the faculty of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen.

Mr. Stern has led the major orchestras in London, Stockholm, Paris, Helsinki, Budapest, Israel, Moscow, Taiwan, and Tokyo. He has been chief conductor of Germany’s Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra (the first American chief conductor in the orchestra’s history), permanent guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lyon, and principal guest conductor of the Orchestre National de Lille.

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Joshua Bell


Joshua Bell


Joshua Bell


Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated artists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, he continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor and music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. 

Mr. Bell’s 2021–22 season highlights include leading the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the 2021 BBC Proms, throughout Europe, and on tour in the United States; returning to The Philadelphia Orchestra for a play / conduct program, Verbier Festival, Minnesota Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic; and tours with the Israel Philharmonic and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestras. 

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell began studying the violin at age four, and at twelve began studies with his mentor, Josef Gingold. He made his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra at 14, and his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Louis Symphony at 17. At 18, he signed with his first label, London Decca, and received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has received six Grammy nominations, was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and a 2007 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize, the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award, and a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1991 from the Jacobs School of Music. In 2000, he was named an “Indiana Living Legend.” 

Mr. Bell has performed for three American presidents and the sitting justices of the Supreme Court. He participated in former president Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba, joining Cuban and American musicians on a 2017 Live From Lincoln Center Emmy-nominated PBS special, Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba. 

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