Saturday, February 20, 2016

Unparalleled Violinist Joshua Bell, Academy of St Martin in the Fields at Strathmore, March 18th

From our friends at Strathmore...

Strathmore Presents Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell

Mendelssohn, Mozart from one of the world’s most prominent chamber orchestras

Incomparable violinist Joshua Bell returns to the acoustically pristine Music Center at Strathmore with the legendary Academy of St Martin in the Fields on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8 PM. The concert includes performances of Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, finished by Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, A Major, Op. 90, Italian. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

Joshua Bell’s restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have made him one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. 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. Their first recording under Bell’s leadership of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies debuted at  No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart.

Bell has recorded more than 40 albums, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards. Recent releases include, Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends, French Impressions with pianist Jeremy Denk, the eclectic At Home With Friends, the Defiance soundtrack, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, The Red Violin Concerto, Voice of the Violin, and Romance of the Violin, which Billboard named Classical Album of the Year and earned Bell the title of Classical Artist of the Year.

Bell’s career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. He performs on the 1713 Guberman Stradivarius.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields - one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world - was formed in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians. Working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in 1959. Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader’s chair, the collegial spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble remains an Academy hallmark. Today, the orchestra presents some 100 concerts around the world each year, performing chamber music on a grand scale.

With over 500 recordings to date, the Academy is one of the most recorded chamber orchestras in the world. The orchestra received its first certified gold disc for their recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 1969, and the 2007 recording of the piece with Joshua Bell reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart. Its soundtrack for the film Amadeus won 13 gold discs alone, and The English Patient, with a soundtrack performed by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, picked up an Academy Award for Best Dramatic Score, a Golden Globe for Best Original Score, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television.

Strathmore Presents 
Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell
Friday, March 18, 2016
8 PM

Tickets: $55-$175

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto, No. 4, K. 218, D Major
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
Joshua Bell, violin

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Op. 90, A Major (Italian)
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello: Presto

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 230-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence and Fine Artist in Residence programs, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore camp.