Academy of St Martin in the Fields, one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world, returns to the Series for the eleventh time, the third under the direction of Joshua Bell. Bell leads the conductorless ensemble from the first chair for two pieces and takes center stage as violin soloist for Paganini’s bravura Violin Concerto No. 1.
Niccolò Paganini | Violin Concerto No.1
Johannes Brahms | Symphony No. 4
“…they put on a beautifully crafted, energetic show. Bell has achieved something quite special since becoming the ensemble’s music director in 2011. Still there were its renowned polish and finesse, its assured, aristocratic smoothness. But under Bell they have a remarkable focus, too, and there’s an etched clarity to their playing: every gesture has direction and meaning. And it’s a joy to watch an ensemble in which every musician seems so engaged.”The Scotsman
This concert is made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds, with generous leadership support from Eleanor & Frank Pao and Susan & Michael Thonis. Additional support provided by Katie & Paul Buttenwieser.