The Red Violin: Live Featuring Joshua Bell

The New York Philharmonic

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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 Todd Rosenberg


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


With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of today’s most celebrated violinists. Since 2011 he has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958.

Mr. Bell’s interests range from repertoire hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. Committed to expanding music’s cultural impact, he has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, and Josh Groban. In the spring of 2019 he joins cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk for an American tour.

He maintains an avid interest in film music and commemorates the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin by performing it live to film with the New York Philharmonic and at festivals.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Joshua Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and ECHO Klassik awards. Sony Classical’s 2018 release with Mr. Bell and the Academy features Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Violin Concerto.

In 2007 a Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post story on Mr. Bell performing incognito in a Washington, D.C., metro station sparked an international conversation regarding art and context. It also inspired Kathy Stinson’s 2013 children’s book The Man with the Violin and an animated film. He premiered The Man with the Violin concert at the Kennedy Center in 2017; it will be presented by the Seattle Symphony in March 2019.

Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Joshua Bell began violin at age four, and at twelve began studies with Josef Gingold. At 14 he made his debut with Riccardo Muti and The Philadelphia Orchestra, and his Carnegie Hall debut at 17 with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He received the Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year” and an “Indiana Living Legend.”

He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

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