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By Stephen Wigler | April 2, 1998
Violinist Joshua Bell needs no introduction. Although he is not yet 30, he long ago established himself as one of today's great violinists, and his concerto performances with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony have made him a favorite with Baltimore audiences. But concerto performances give listeners only a slice of a great musician's artistry; a recital gives them the whole pie. That is what makes Bell's recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening in the Shriver Hall Concert Series one of this season's most anticipated events.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
The Kennedy Center Concert Hall was packed Saturday night for the National Symphony Orchestra's first performance of a 1946 masterwork by Paul Hindemith, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd. " OK, the place was packed because the first half of the program was devoted to Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the ever-popular, ever-youthful Joshua Bell as soloist (I'm surprised he has not yet been dubbed "The People's Violinist," a la "The People's Diva"). What counts is that the great majority of the audience remained after intermission to hear the rare and worthy Hindemith score, which he called a Requiem "For those we love.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | July 15, 1993
When Joshua Bell performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 tonight in Meyerhoff Hall in the first of the Baltimore Symphony's annual "Summerfest" concerts, he will do something that most violinists haven't done for decades: He will perform his own cadenzas."
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 21, 2008
Crawling along the floor in front of a Steinway grand, Michael Lawrence aims his camera at two hands busily moving across the keys to articulate complex baroque counterpoint. The resulting close-up isn't just about the actual pianist doing the playing. It says something, too, maybe even more, about the Baltimore filmmaker. Lawrence is trying to zoom in on nothing less than the enduring, inspiring genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. The film, known as the Bach Project until an official name is chosen, had its final shoot on Friday in New York with celebrated composer Philip Glass.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | September 2, 2007
Talk about momentum. Things couldn't move much faster, or more positively, at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where Marin Alsop is a few short weeks away from the history-making inauguration of her tenure as music director -- the first woman at the helm of a major American orchestra. Her interim term last season was eventful enough, what with such developments as the orchestra's first iTunes download (a chart-topper, at that). This season, Alsop and the BSO will make their satellite debut on XM Radio -- the opening program this month will be broadcast live, and there will be a regular Alsop/BSO presence on that channel thereafter.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 14, 2004
Violin fans can double their pleasure Sunday night, thanks to a worthy charity and the mutual respect held by Joshua Bell and Mark O'Connor. The nonprofit organization is Chimes, which serves people of all ages with disabilities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. For its annual fund-raiser, Chimes is presenting these two popular Grammy Award-winning violinists in a single concert, the first time they've shared a stage like this. "We've certainly crossed paths before," Bell says.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | December 21, 2008
Crawling along the floor in front of a Steinway grand, Michael Lawrence aims his camera at two hands busily moving across the keys to articulate complex baroque counterpoint. The resulting close-up isn't just about the actual pianist doing the playing. It says something, too, maybe even more, about the Baltimore filmmaker. Lawrence is trying to zoom in on nothing less than the enduring, inspiring genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. The film, known as the Bach Project until an official name is chosen, had its final shoot on Friday in New York with celebrated composer Philip Glass.
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January 13, 1995
Josef Gingold, 85, a violinist who trained such virtuosos as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, died Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind., after a heart attack.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | November 21, 1991
Joshua Bell is looking for a soul mate.You wouldn't think he'd have problems -- he's young, he's famous, he's good-looking, he's got a great personality and he's perhaps the most talented American violinist of his generation.But the companion that Bell's looking for isn't a human being -- it's a violin."You're always looking for the right match for your personality -- it's like getting married," says Bell, who will play Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 with the Baltimore Symphony and conductor David Zinman tonight and tomorrow.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
Using toothpicks, hand-carved miniature buildings and small pieces of plastic, third-grader Joshua Bell and his grandfather Robert crafted an intricate model of old Bay Shore Park.Nicole Szarek, a fourth-grader, dipped into her little brother's vast supply of Lego blocks to build a part of the Dundalk Marine Terminal, complete with a working crane.The projects were two of 150 displayed at Bear Creek Elementary School's gym Monday.The projects blended past and present Dundalk into a young peoples' commentary on community pride.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun music critic | September 2, 2007
Talk about momentum. Things couldn't move much faster, or more positively, at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where Marin Alsop is a few short weeks away from the history-making inauguration of her tenure as music director -- the first woman at the helm of a major American orchestra. Her interim term last season was eventful enough, what with such developments as the orchestra's first iTunes download (a chart-topper, at that). This season, Alsop and the BSO will make their satellite debut on XM Radio -- the opening program this month will be broadcast live, and there will be a regular Alsop/BSO presence on that channel thereafter.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 14, 2004
Violin fans can double their pleasure Sunday night, thanks to a worthy charity and the mutual respect held by Joshua Bell and Mark O'Connor. The nonprofit organization is Chimes, which serves people of all ages with disabilities throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. For its annual fund-raiser, Chimes is presenting these two popular Grammy Award-winning violinists in a single concert, the first time they've shared a stage like this. "We've certainly crossed paths before," Bell says.
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By Scott Timberg and Scott Timberg,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 30, 2003
Classical music, it seems, is becoming a highbrow Baywatch. The Web site www.beautyinmusic.com features revealing photographs of comely female musicians suggestively holding violins and cellos. The site, run by a Colorado singer-songwriter, calls itself "the ultimate guide to the hottest women in classical music." And in Britain, the new 24-hour television station Classic FM has launched a kind of classical MTV with three-minute videos devoted to Vanessa-Mae, Charlotte Church and Nigel Kennedy's hair.
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By Stephen Wigler | April 2, 1998
Violinist Joshua Bell needs no introduction. Although he is not yet 30, he long ago established himself as one of today's great violinists, and his concerto performances with David Zinman and the Baltimore Symphony have made him a favorite with Baltimore audiences. But concerto performances give listeners only a slice of a great musician's artistry; a recital gives them the whole pie. That is what makes Bell's recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening in the Shriver Hall Concert Series one of this season's most anticipated events.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 1, 1997
Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto; William Walton, Violin Concerto; Ernest Bloch, "Baal Shem"; performed by Joshua Bell, violin, the Baltimore Symphony and David Zinman, conductor (London 452 851-2) Barber, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, "Souvenirs," performed by Robert McDuffie (Violin Concerto), Jon Kimura Parker (Piano Concerto), the Atlanta Symphony and Yoel Levi, conductor (Telarc CD-80441)In 1962, no one would have predicted that, 35 years later, Samuel Barber's relatively early (1941)
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January 13, 1995
Josef Gingold, 85, a violinist who trained such virtuosos as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Joshua Bell, died Wednesday night in Bloomington, Ind., after a heart attack.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
Using toothpicks, hand-carved miniature buildings and small pieces of plastic, third-grader Joshua Bell and his grandfather, Robert, crafted an intricate model of old Bay Shore Park.Nicole Szarek, a fourth-grader, dipped into her little brother's vast supply of plastic blocks to build a part of the Dundalk Marine Terminal, complete with a working crane.The projects were two of 150 displayed at Bear Creek Elementary School's gym Monday.The projects blended past and present Dundalk into a young peoples' commentary on community pride.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | June 1, 1997
Samuel Barber, Violin Concerto; William Walton, Violin Concerto; Ernest Bloch, "Baal Shem"; performed by Joshua Bell, violin, the Baltimore Symphony and David Zinman, conductor (London 452 851-2) Barber, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, "Souvenirs," performed by Robert McDuffie (Violin Concerto), Jon Kimura Parker (Piano Concerto), the Atlanta Symphony and Yoel Levi, conductor (Telarc CD-80441)In 1962, no one would have predicted that, 35 years later, Samuel Barber's relatively early (1941)
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | July 15, 1993
When Joshua Bell performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 tonight in Meyerhoff Hall in the first of the Baltimore Symphony's annual "Summerfest" concerts, he will do something that most violinists haven't done for decades: He will perform his own cadenzas."
NEWS
By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer | March 31, 1993
Using toothpicks, hand-carved miniature buildings and small pieces of plastic, third-grader Joshua Bell and his grandfather Robert crafted an intricate model of old Bay Shore Park.Nicole Szarek, a fourth-grader, dipped into her little brother's vast supply of Lego blocks to build a part of the Dundalk Marine Terminal, complete with a working crane.The projects were two of 150 displayed at Bear Creek Elementary School's gym Monday.The projects blended past and present Dundalk into a young peoples' commentary on community pride.
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