Indiana native Joshua Bell returns to the Heartland to perform with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra this weekend. He will perform Friday, May 6 at 8 PM and Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 PM at Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis downtown. The performance will be conducted by Christopher Eberle.
Bell grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where he would eventually enroll in the music program at Indiana University. He graduated from the Indiana college in 1989 with an Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. Only two years after graduating, his alma mater honored him the a Distinguished Alumni Service award. In addition he has been recognized as an “Indiana Living Legend,” as he received the Avery Fisher Prize and the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award.
For two decades, Bell has inspired audiences across the United States and around the world with his virtuosity, musicianship and rare understanding of tone. He first gained national attention at the young age of 14, when he was invited to play with the Philadelphia Orchestra. When he made his Carnegie Hall debut and confirmed a recording contract, his status as classical superstar was confirmed.
In 2010 he was named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America. In the year that followed, he has performed with The New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. He has also done a bit of globe trotting playing with orchestras in Istanbul, Spain, The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Canada and throughout Europe.
He recorded his first LP at the age of 18, which was critically acclaimed. His next recording, “Gershwin Fantasy,” which premiered a new work for violin and orchestra based on the themes from Porgy and Bess, earned him a Grammy nod. Since then he has recorded several more Grammy nominated albums, and has graced the stage of the Grammy Awards twice.
He has recorded over 35 CDs including the soundtrack for The Red Violin, which one the Oscar for Best Original Score. He has been on “The Tonight Show,” “Tavis Smiley,” “Charlie Rose” and “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Celebrate the return of this Hoosier hero as he plays with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in Hilbert Circle Theatre. Located across from the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Monument Circle in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, Hilbert Circle Theatre has prime Indianapolis real estate.
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Joshua Bell with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Friday, May 6 at 8 PM
Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 PM
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle