Sunday, March 17, 2002

Violinist Bell comes to CSO for May concerts

By Janelle Gelfand,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Violinist Joshua Bell, who performed live at the 44th Grammy Awards last month, is coming to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May 2, 4 and 5 in Music Hall.

        Mr. Bell will replace Pamela Frank, who is recovering from an accident that injured her hand, her management said. Mr. Bell will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major, with music director Paavo Jarvi conducting.

        Mr. Bell was born in Bloomington, Ind., and was graduated from Indiana University, where he studied with the renowned violinist Josef Gingold. The 33-year-old violinist has recorded 27 albums and is a multiple Grammy winner.

        His appeal goes beyond the concert hall. He was one of the first classical musicians to be the subject of a music video and has appeared on Sesame Street, The Tonight Show, Charlie Rose, CNN, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS This Morning, A&E's Biography, PBS' Evening at Pops, CNBC, and a 1993 Live from Lincoln Center broadcast.

        Mr. Bell is widely known for his performance of the Oscar-winning score for the movie soundtrack, The Red Violin, by John Corigliano.

        At the Grammy Awards this year he performed an arrangement from his album, West Side Story Suite, which received a Grammy. He also performs on Bela Fleck's Grammy-winning disc, Perpetual Motion.

        A technology whiz, Mr. Bell is working with MIT Media lab on a computer-enhanced “hyperviolin.” You can read about this and more on his Web site:

        Also on the May program, Maestro Jarvi will conduct Arvo Part's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Tickets: 381-3300.


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