(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, and Sarasate in a duo concert with pianist Alessio Bax at the Mahaiwe on Friday, October 28 at 8pm.
The program includes Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, Op. 12, No. 2; Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108 by Brahms; Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano, L140 by Debussy; and Carmen Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 by Sarasate, among other works.
Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the classical music world. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1967, he received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold at Indiana University. At 14, Bell began his rise to stardom, performing with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and at 17, he made his Carnegie Hall debut.
Named the Music Director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, Bell is the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. An exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. His Brahms recording was released last month, featuring the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Steven Isserlis, and Jeremy Denk.
Pianist Alessio Bax, Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competition and 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, has appeared as a soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the London and Royal Philharmonics. Bax is celebrated for his vast repertoire, which has grown continuously since he graduated from the conservatory in Bari, Italy at the age of 14.
Tickets are $65 to $250 (with the latter including premium seating and a post-performance reception with the artists). Proceeds will support the Mahaiwe’s year-round artistic and education programs. Tickets go on sale to Mahaiwe Bravo Circle members on Tuesday, August 2, to Mahaiwe members on Thursday, August 4, and to the general public on Wednesday, August 10.
In addition, a limited number of $15 tickets are available for audience members ages 30 and younger to the regular performances through the Mahaiwe ArtSmart Tix program. The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6:00pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, visit the Mahaiwe.
About the Mahaiwe
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is the year-round presenter of world-class music, dance, theater, classic films, Live in HD broadcasts, and arts education programs for the southern Berkshires and neighboring regions. The intimate jewel box of a theater opened in 1905. Since 2005, the performing arts center has hosted over 1,000 events and welcomed almost half a million people through its doors. The Mahaiwe has now welcomed over 15,000 students from 55 different schools for its school-time performances and residencies.