Joshua Bell, international classical violinist, will be performing in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch over the next few weeks.
There can be few people interested in Western classical music who have not heard of Joshua Bell. Johannesburg listeners of ClassicFM hear work from his 40 CDs often, and movie lovers will know his work from The Red Violin, Ladies in Lavender, Iris and Defiance.
He started lessons at the age of four, and ten years later drew attention in debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has won many awards and has premiered various new works for violin, including works by John Corigliano. He performs and has recorded his own cadenzas to most of the major violin concertos.
Bell was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005. He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte.
26 and 27 August: Cape Town City Hall with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra 8pm
Programme: Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b ; Mendelssohn Symphony no 4 in A, Op. 90 “Italian” – Intermission – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
2 and 3 September: Linder Auditorium Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra 8pm
Programme: Weber – Der Freischütz Overture J.277 Tchaikovsky – Symphony #2 Op. 17, C minor – Intermission – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, op. 35. Conductor: Bernhard Gueller
5 and 6 September: RMB Starlight Classics, Johannesburg Country Club. 7pm
7 September: Endler Hall, University of Stellenbosch with the US Camerata. 8pm
Programme: Divertimento K 136, Bach violin concerto BWV 1041, Carlos Gardel`s `Por Una Cabeza` (arranged by William Haubrich) – Intermission – Piazzolla`s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Tango from “Scent of a Woman”)
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