Joshua Bell

Nov 10

8:00 PM

Friday, November 10, 2017

Joshua Bell is internationally renowned as "one of the most imaginative, technically gifted and altogether extraordinary violinists of our time" (The Washington Post). Experience an evening of breathtaking artistry as Bell returns to the Symphony Center stage with an all-Sonata program featuring works by three powerhouse 19th-century composers.

Joshua Bell will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call Patron Services at 312-294-3000 for details.

Approximate concert duration: 105 minutes including intermission


Program to include:
Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F Major (1838)
Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1

Brahms arr. Joachim Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor [ENCORE]
Massenet Meditation from Thaïs [ENCORE]
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 [ENCORE]


Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell plays a Stradivarius violin that has a fascinating story. In this essay, Bell reveals the history of this remarkable instrument and how he came to play it. The violin's history "is complete with twists and turns to rival the film that I had only recently finished working on, 'The Red Violin.'" One of only five or six instruments made in 1713 by Antonio Stradivarius, the violin has belonged to many famed soloists, including English violinist George Alfred Gibson and Polish émigré Bronislaw Huberman. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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