By The Nation
Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell will join the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Charles Olivieri-Munroe for a concert to honour His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun at the Thailand Cultural Centre on September 4 at 8pm.
Bell will perform two favourites from the Romantic repertoire – Pablo de Sarasate’s virtuosic “Zigeunerweisen opus 20” and Max Bruch’s evergreen “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor opus 26”.
The Indiana-born pianist has been attracting vast audiences ever since his very first concert at the age of 14, with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. The American Grammy award-winning violin virtuoso is without question one the most celebrated violinists in the instrument’s long and hallowed history. The 2018 season alone sees him performing with the National Symphony Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda, the Cincinnati Symphony and Louis Langree, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Jaap van Zweden, the Baltimore Symphony and Cristian Macelaru, as well as with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, and the Stockholm Philharmonic.
While Bell has encompassed the entire range of music, it is the 19th-century that fascinates him the most. The Bruch Concerto will show him at his emotional best. It begins with rush and fire and continues to an emotional climax. He will also perform one of the most difficult works ever written for the violin, “Gypsy Airs”.
Other than his passion for music, Bell will also bring his famed Stradivarius violin, which had been played by some of the most eminent violinists ever since 1713, during Antonius Stradivarius’s “Golden Period” to Thailand.
Tickets cost Bt800, Bt2,000, Bt3,500 and Bt5,000 and are available at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com or call (02) 262 3456.