Concert II: Shippensburg Symphony-Joshua Bell, Violinist
Liberty & Love
This season’s Series highlights the relationship between Liberty and Love. The musical pieces selected provide insights into the many sacrifices that have been made throughout history to fight for one’s liberty for the sake of gaining love.
Concert II: Shippensburg Festival Symphony
Joshua Bell, violinist
Robert Treviño, conductor
The Shippensburg Festival Symphony is an ensemble of professional musicians from Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The orchestra was formed to provide regional audiences with top-quality professional orchestral performances. The Festival is under the artistic direction of Dr. Blaine Shover, professor of music at Shippensburg University.
Since his professional debut in 2003 at the age of 20, Robert Treviño has become an emerging force on the international music scene and is currently the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony. He has conducted numerous orchestras across North America, Europe, and Asia including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York City Opera Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and many others. Formerly the associate Conductor and Guest Conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, Robert Treviño has led the world premieres of five operas as part of the annual VOX: American Opera Series. Recently, Mr. Treviño was selected by James Levine to be one of three conducting fellows at the Tanglewood Music Festival where he worked with artists such as Mark Morris, Kurt Masur, and Emanuel Ax. As an avid advocate and performer of contemporary music, Mr. Treviño has worked closely with many leading composers and has been the recipient of numerous grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He has studied with Maestros David Zinman, Leif Segerstam, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Often referred to as the “poet of the violin,” Joshua Bell’s stunning virtuosity, beautiful tone and charismatic stage presence have brought him universal acclaim. An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell received the New York Recording Academy Honors in June, 2013. Recently appointed Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; Bell is the first person to hold this title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Their first recording under Bell's leadership of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies from Sony Classical debuted recently at #1 on the Billboard Classical chart and they will next record the Bach violin concertos.
Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Recently released Musical Gifts From Joshua Bell and Friends features holiday collaborations with artists including Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo and Alison Krauss. Other recent releases include 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 the 2004 Classical CD of the Year, and Bell the Classical Artist of the Year. His discography encompasses critically-acclaimed performances of the major violin repertoire in addition to John Corigliano’s Oscar-winning soundtrack, The Red Violin.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell received his first violin at age four and at 12 began studying with Josef Gingold, at Indiana University. Two years later Bell came to national attention in his debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra and, at 17, debuted at Carnegie Hall. Bell’s career has now spanned over 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor.
Bell performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.
Felix Mendelssohn – Concerto for Violin in E Minor, Op. 64
Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5 in C Sharp