Joshua Bell To Open Coloraodo Symphony 2011/12 Masterworks Series

Classical music superstar Joshua Bell joins Colorado Symphony, led by Peter Oundjian, for thrilling one-night-only concert event

Superstar violinist Joshua Bell joins conductor Peter Oundjian and the Colorado Symphony on Sunday, September 18 for a spectacular evening celebrating the opening of the Colorado Symphony's 2011/12 Masterworks Series. This one-night-only concert event spotlights a unique program, personally selected by Bell and featuring several of the repertoire's most beloved works for the violin. While the full program will not be revealed until closer to the concert date, Bell has already shared that he will perform the first movement of Bruch's highly popular Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Currently, tickets for Joshua Bell with the Colorado Symphony are only available to Colorado Symphony season subscribers. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on August 1 and start from $29.

Bell, who has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty, came to national attention at age 14 in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire. Bell is the newly-named music director of the famed English chamber orchestra, The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; the first person to hold the title since Sir Neville Marriner, who founded the Orchestra in 1958. He has recorded more than 36 CDs garnering Mercury, Grammy®, Gramophone and Echo Klassik Awards, including the Academy Award-winning soundtrack to The Red Violin.

Bell performs on the famed 1713 Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by Francois Tourte. Stolen twice in its 298-year history, The Gibson was only recovered from the second theft in 1985. Bell acquired it in 2001 for a price tag of close to $4 million, saving it from becoming a museum piece.


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