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Joshua Bell Plays With the ASO, May 29-31

2014 May 26
by Susan Asher

Joshua Bell performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra this week. From Thursday through Sunday, in addition to performing music by Hindemeth and Brahms, he will present the world premiere of “Asimov at Star’s End” from composer Charles Zoll, a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, who was the 2012 Rapido! Composition Competition winner.

Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18. Over the years, he has played with a disparate group of artists, including Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, and Alison Krauss. Bell also collaborated with Wynton Marsalis on the Grammy-winning spoken word children’s album “Listen to the Storyteller” and performed on Bela Fleck’s Grammy Award recording “Perpetual Motion.”

In an experiment initiated by The Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, Bell performed in a Washington, D.C., Metro subway station to test how many people would stop to listen. The experiment was filmed and was later shown on a national TV news show.

A child prodigy, Bell made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, at age 17, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

If you missed his performance in the subway, you can see him Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. or Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets run from $24 to $75 at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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