The Red Violin: Live Featuring Joshua Bell
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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


With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Since 2011 Mr. Bell has served as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, succeeding Neville Marriner, who formed the orchestra in 1958. His interests range from the repertoire’s hallmarks to commissioned works, including Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto, for which Mr. Bell received a Grammy Award. He has also premiered works by John Corigliano, Edgar Meyer, Jay Greenberg, and Behzad Ranjbaran.

Committed to expanding classical music’s social and cultural impact, Mr. Bell has collaborated with peers including Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Anoushka Shankar, Frankie Moreno, Josh Groban, and Sting. He maintains an avid interest in film music, recently commemorating the 20th anniversary of The Red Violin (1998), the Academy Award–winning soundtrack that features Mr. Bell as soloist. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Opus Klassik awards.

Mr. Bell advocates for music as an essential educational tool. He maintains active involvement with Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts, which provide instruments and arts education to children who may not otherwise experience classical music first-hand.

Among his many accolades, Mr. Bell received the 2007 Avery Fisher Prize and was named Musical America’s 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year and an “Indiana Living Legend.” He received the 2003 Indiana Governor’s Arts Award and a 1991 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from his alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music.

A native of Bloomington, Indiana, Mr. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin.

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