Live from Lincoln Center: Joshua Bell and Mostly Mozart Festival

Wed, 08/12/2009 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
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Pictured: Joshua Bell

Credit: Bill Phelps
Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell joins Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, live from Avery Fisher Hall, in this Live from Lincoln Center telecast. The concert features Haydn’s beloved London Symphony, as well as Mozart’s Adagio for Violin and Orchestra in E major and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Violin Concerto in E minor. Live from Lincoln Center: Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra airs Wednesday, August 12 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011/cable 11). Alan Alda hosts.

Bell, best known for performing the Oscar-winning soundtrack of John Corigliano’s The Red Violin, and whose latest Sony/BMG Classics CD release of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart, was last featured on Live from Lincoln Center on New Year’s Eve 2008 with the New York Philharmonic and in January 2004 for a special evening of violin favorites from the Kaplan Penthouse.

For more than two decades, Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare opulence. Today, he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions and have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” He was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Paramount Vantage film Defiance, directed by Edward Zwick and starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber. Bell has made acclaimed Sony Classical recordings of the concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn (both featuring his own cadenzas), Sibelius and Goldmark, and the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Maw concerto. The success of his Grammy-nominated Gershwin Fantasy — which premiered a new work for violin and orchestra, based on themes from Porgy and Bess — led to a Grammy-nominated all-Bernstein recording that included the composer’s Serenade and the premiere of West Side Story Suite. He currently serves on the artist committee of the Kennedy Center Honors and plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival — America’s first indoor summer music festival — was launched as an experiment in 1966. Called Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival, its first two seasons were devoted exclusively to the music of Mozart. Renamed the Mostly Mozart Festival in 1970, it has become a New York institution and, now in its 43rd year, continues to broaden its focus to include works by Mozart’s predecessors, contemporaries and related successors. In addition to concerts by the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mostly Mozart now includes concerts by visiting period-instrument ensembles, chamber orchestras and ensembles, and acclaimed soloists, as well as staged music presentations, opera productions, dance, film and visual art.