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New Concert Added: Violinist Joshua Bell to perform with Minnesota Orchestra, April 23

Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, Joshua Bell performs Wieniawski and Sarasate works in one-night-only concert at Orchestra Hall


World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell will perform a one-night-only concert with the Minnesota Orchestra on Monday, April 23, at Orchestra Hall. Led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, the performance will feature Bell as soloist in two works: Wieniawski’s show-stopping Violin Concerto
No. 2 and Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen. The program will also feature the Orchestra in Sibelius’ En Saga and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

The newly-added concert will be performed at Orchestra Hall, the Orchestra’s home venue in downtown Minneapolis, on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will first be available for new Classical Season subscribers with the purchase of a 2018-19 season package, beginning April 9, online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. Renewing subscribers will be contacted in March with an invitation to renew their specific seats and series.


Joshua Bell, violin
With a career spanning more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists today. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, he has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy, Mercury and Gramophone awards, and he is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since 1958 when Sir Neville Marriner formed the ensemble. In 2018, Bell tours with the Academy to the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States and Asia. With pianist Sam Haywood, he performs recitals across Europe and America, and his solo performances include dates with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Danish National Symphony and an all-Beethoven program with the Orchestre National de Lyon.

His recently released recording project is Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire. Slated for May is a recording with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, featuring both the Scottish Fantasy and G-minor Concerto by Bruch. Convinced of the value of music as an educational tool, Bell is a member of Turnaround Arts, and Education Through Music, which provide arts education to low-performing elementary and middle schools. More: joshuabell.com.

History with the Minnesota Orchestra
Joshua Bell first performed with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992, under then-Music Director Edo de Waart, playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Since then, he has made appearances in more than one dozen different programs with the Orchestra, and was featured soloist for the ensemble’s tours to Europe in 2004 and in 2009. Bell’s most recent performances here took place in September 2016, when he played Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for 2016-17 Season Opening concerts, under the direction of Osmo Vänskä.


Classical Concert
JOSHUA BELL
with the Minnesota Orchestra 

Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

SIBELIUS                             En Saga
WIENIAWSKI                     Violin Concerto No. 2
SARASATE                          Zigeunerweisen
BEETHOVEN                      Symphony No. 7 


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Subscription packages for 2018-19 Classical series are available to the general public online and by phone beginning Monday, April 9, online at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. Current Minnesota Orchestra subscribers will be contacted in March with an invitation to renew their specific seats and series. Current subscribers can call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe for more information. Classical subscription packages include three to 24 concerts featuring the same seat location for every concert. 

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2017-18 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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