Famed violinist Joshua Bell returns to Omaha
November 13th, 2012
Omaha, NE – A superstar violinist teams up with the Omaha Symphony this weekend.
Joshua Bell is one of the most famous living violinists. He began playing at age four, and a decade later, he was appearing as a soloist with many major American orchestras. This weekend, he returns to Omaha to perform with the Omaha Symphony.
â€œIâ€™m psyched about coming to Omaha,â€ Bell said in an interview with KVNO. Bell said the first time he came to Omaha was about 30 years ago when he was 14 or 15 years old. He performed in the Omaha Symphony with Tom Briccetti conducting. â€œIt was one of the first places that gave me a little break as a 14-year-old,â€ he said, â€œand so I have fond memories of coming there.â€
This weekend, Bell will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, a notoriously difficult piece. â€œItâ€™s certainly technically challenging,â€ Bell said. â€œIt asks a lot from the violinist, and to get it just right, and the expressions, itâ€™s difficult as well.â€
â€œItâ€™s not an easy piece, but itâ€™s very rewarding piece,â€ he said, â€œand probably the most exciting piece in the repertoire for violin and orchestra.â€
Bell first performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at age 13, and has performed it hundreds of times since. He said that over the years, heâ€™s come to see it in a different light. â€œAs Iâ€™ve gotten older, Iâ€™ve seen other elements come out,â€ he said. â€œIâ€™ve tried to bring out some of the more intimate moments, more graceful and balletic movements, of which there are plenty.â€
â€œTchaikovsky wrote probably the greatest ballets,â€ he continued, â€œand this music is incredibly elegant and light at times.â€
â€œI think sometimes people, including myself, might have viewed this piece as being heavy and romantic, which it is, but it has so much more to it.â€
The concert will also feature Tchaikovskyâ€™s Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams. Performances are this Friday and Saturday at 8 pm in the Holland Performing Arts Center.
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