Posts Tagged ‘Joshua Bell’

LIVE: Joshua Bell & BSO @ Tanglewood, 7/8/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

With a slow but steady rain falling, the lawn at Tanglewood was sparsely populated, but inside the shed there were smiles all around as the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrated the opening of its 2016 Tanglewood season last night. The beginning of the classical season is always festive, and for long-time concert-goers, it was a pleasure to see and hear violinist Joshua Bell, back for his 28th consecutive summer at Tanglewood since his debut there in 1989. Bell’s choice as soloist was Saint-Saëns’s gypsy influenced Violin Concerto No. 3. The sound of his Strad filled the shed with infectious rhythms and melodies.

Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe may not be known for florid conducting, but his communication with the players resulted in a delightfully raucous and colorfully Spanish-flavored Alborada del gracioso, by Ravel, eight minutes of pure musical fireworks that delighted this listener, who has never lost his appreciation for the contrast of shimmering brass duking it out with pizzicato strings and doubled harps. What an uplifting racket!

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Joshua Bell and Tchaikovsky Make Tanglewood Opening Night 2013 a Sparkling Affair [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

With high temperatures and humidity in the summer air in Lenox, the string section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra had to make lots of minor adjustments to their instruments to counter the summer airs that wafted over Tanglewood for the beginning of its 76th Season in Lenox, MA. The program was all Tchaikovsky, and it was the celebrated soloist Joshua Bell who held the capacity audience spellbound for the duration of the showy and difficult Violin Concerto. For Joshua Bell, it was his 25th consecutive summer in the Berkshires. You can hear and feel the spectacular finale in the video clip embedded above, courtesy of the BSO. The opening night concert was led by the distinguished conductor, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

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LIVE: Albany Symphony Orchestra w/ Joshua Bell @ the Palace Theatre, 12/17/11

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
Joshua Bell and David Alan Miller

Joshua Bell and David Alan Miller

David Alan Miller makes classical music fun.

His youthful exuberance and unbridled energy is genuinely infectious. For more than two decades now, he has almost single-handedly built up the Albany Symphony Orchestra into a powerhouse collective that now occupies the very top of the second-tier of national classical orchestras.

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