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CAMA presents Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell / Wednesday, March 14, 2018, International Series at The Granada Theatre, 8:00 PM

CAMA's International Series at The Granada Theatre presents Academy of St Martin in the Fields Wednesday, March 14, 2018 The Granada Theatre, Santa Barbara, 8:00 PM Joshua Bell, Music Director and Violin Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op.21 Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.22 Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.6 in F Major, Op.68, “Pastoral” The Academy of St Martin in the Fields returns with famed Music Director and Violinist Joshua Bell. As one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, the Academy is renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music. •


Biography The Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ first release under Bell’s leadership, Beethoven Symphonies No. 4 and 7, debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, and was followed up by the critically acclaimed Bach. In 2016, Sony released Bell’s album For the Love of Brahms with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Jeremy Denk, followed in 2017 by the Joshua Bell Classical Collection, a 14 CD set of Bell’s Sony recording highlights from the past 20 years. Soon to be released is Bell’s recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and g minor Concerto. Summer 2017 saw Joshua Bell perform at the BBC Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Verbier Festival, as Artist In Residence at the Edinburgh International Festival and – in the US - at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. In the 2017/18 season in the US, Bell takes part in the New York Philharmonic’s celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, performing Bernstein’s Serenade led by Alan Gilbert, and also appears with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra among others. His North American recital tours take him to Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center and Washington D.C.’s Strathmore Center. Highlights in Europe Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. include appearances as soloist with the Vienna Symphony and Danish National Symphony; as director and soloist with the Orchestre National de Lyon; and recitals in Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Bologna, Milan and London. With the Academy of St Martin in the Fields he will tour widely including in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe, featuring performances in London, New York, San Francisco, Reykjavik and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Convinced of the value of music as a diplomatic and educational tool, Bell participated in President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba. He is also involved in Turnaround Arts, another project implemented by the Committee and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts which provides arts education to lowperforming elementary and middle schools. Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age 4 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 Philhadelphia Orchestra and at 17 made his Carnegie Hall debut and toured Europe for the first time. Perhaps the event that helped most to transform his reputation from musicians’ musician to household name 6

was his incognito performance in a Washington, DC subway station in 2007. Ever adventurous, Bell had agreed to participate in the Washington Post story by Gene Weingarten which thoughtfully examined art and context. The story earned Weingarten a Pulitzer Prize and sparked an international firestorm of discussion. Bell has received many accolades, including the Dushkin Award from the Music Institute of Chicago in 2016, and honours from the New York Chapter of The Recording Academy, the National Young Arts Foundations, Arts Horizons, Moment Magazine and Seton Hall University. Bell was named ‘Instrumentalist of the Year, 2010’ by Musical America, was honoured by Education Through Music in 2009 and received the Academy of Achievement Award in 2008. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 2007 and was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005. Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin and uses a late 18th century French bow by François Tourte. Joshua Bell appears by arrangement with Park Avenue Artists ( and Primo Artists ( Press Representation for Joshua Bell: Jane Covner, JAG Entertainment 7