Violinist Joshua Bell back at the UGA Performing Arts Center

Joshua Bell (Photo by Phillip Knott)

Violinist Joshua Bell“one of the most important and salable stars in classical music”, according to the New York Times, returns to the Hodgson Concert Hall for a recital on Friday February 11 at 7:30 p.m. with pianist Peter Dugan.

Their program includes sonatas by Beethoven and Ravel, and one of the masterpieces of violin literature, the Chaconne solo in D minor by JS Bach.

Over a career spanning nearly four decades, Bell has excelled not only as a Grammy-winning soloist, but also as a bandleader. Since 2011, he has served as Music Director of the famed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, while maintaining an active international touring and recording schedule. In 1998, he was the soloist for composer John Corigliano’s score for “The Red Violin”, which won the Oscar for Best Original Score.

Dugan was described by the Los Angeles Times as “breathtaking” and by the San Francisco Chronicle as “fearless athletic”. He is the host of the NPR program From the top, which focuses on music creation by young people. In 2020, he joined Bell for “Joshua Bell: At Home With Music”, a national broadcast on PBS and an album release on Sony Classical.

Bell and Dugan’s program at Hodgson Hall begins with a sonatina by 19-year-old Franz Schubert, who, as program annotator Laurie Shulman writes, “intends to have a good time.” … Graceful and sparkling, the whole sonatina is a delight. Beethoven’s ‘Sonata No. 7 in C Minor’ follows, as does Ravel’s Violin Sonata, which includes a slow movement titled ‘Blues’. The program ends with a selection of favorites announced from the stage.

Between the two comes Bach’s epic ‘Chaconne’, an early pinnacle of violin writing and a test of a virtuoso’s ability to balance tension and release. For a quarter of an hour, and without accompaniment, the violinist strings together evolving variations on an austere theme. The play is an unforgettable journey through unexpected landscapes. Bell called it “not only one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest accomplishments of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect piece.

Classical offerings from the UGA Performing Arts Center’s 25th anniversary season continue with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (March 1), the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with conductor Donald Runnicles and pianist Michelle Cann (March 4) and Austrian genre-busting comedy group Mnozil Brass (March 29).

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