Bloomington, IN native and world renowned virtuoso violinist, Joshua Bell , will be coming to Louisville to perform and conduct the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts  in Whitney Hall. The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is an English chamber orchestra based in London. Known for their polished and refined sound and partnerships with some of the world’s most talented soloists and directors, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has earned global acclaim. Among those prestigious directors is the current Music Director, Joshua Bell.
Joshua Bell started playing the violin at the age of 4 and gained national attention at the age of 14 at his orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti  and the Philadelphia Orchestra . He does not only limit his performing and recording to classical music but also contemporary, bluegrass, Gershwin, and Bernstein. Joshua Bell is an exclusive artist for Sony Classical, a MASTERWORKS label, and has recorded over 36 CDs earning him many awards including the Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and the ECHO Klassik. Many listeners know him for his playing on film scores which have included The Red Violin, Dreamer, Ladies in Lavender, Angels & Demons, and others. The violin Bell plays on is the 1713 “Gibson ex-Huberman” Stradivarius. Bell owns the violin and currently trusts expert luthier, Emmanuel Gradoux-Matt , with the upkeep of it.
The performance this Wednesday, April 18 will include an all Beethoven program:
- Coriolan Overture
- Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
- Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92
After the performance Joshua Bell will be available to sign CDs. Tickets are available online  or over the phone at (502)584-7777.
WHAT: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 7:30pm
WHERE: Kentucky Center for the Arts, Whitney Hall
COST: Standard tickets prices are $30-$65. Student tickets are $15. Limit 2 per student/faculty ID.
Please note: Anna Blanton is an employee of the Kentucky Center.
Photo: courtesy of Joshua Bell's website