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Joshua Bell Opens 101st ASO Season

August 10, 2011
  • Who: Joshua Bell with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • When: Friday & Saturday, September 9 & 10, 2011 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: $25-$65
  • Contact: Don Hill - Director of Public Relations, 476-6064 x 213

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO invite patrons to “Listen Up!” as they open the 101st season of classical concerts with performances of works by Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov. World-renowned violinist and Austin favorite Joshua Bell returns to the Austin Symphony stage to kick off a year-long celebration of the Orchestra’s Centennial. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 9th & 10th at the Long Center for the Performing Arts’ Dell Hall. The concerts are proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo with Guest Artist sponsorship provided by AT&T.

R. Strauss – Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
Tchaikovsky/Glazunov – Méditation, Op. 42 No. 1 (from Souvenir d’un lieu cher)
Glazunov – Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82
Rimsky-Korsakov – Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Discussing the programming for this opening concert series, Maestro Peter Bay stated, “Although these concerts are the beginning of a festive season, we could not ignore the fact that they are taking place on the eve of the 10th anniversary of one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. And we felt it necessary to mark the occasion with an appropriate tribute.”

The evening will open with a special presentation of the US Honor Flag by the US Honor Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and memorializing fallen service personnel and the Flag they serve. The Flag was flying over the Texas State Capitol on September 11, 2001. It has flown with our Nation’s Military, over our Nation’s Capitol, Ground Zero, State Capitols, the Pentagon, Presidential Libraries, State and National Memorials and many funerals and tributes to honor those in Public Safety and the United States Military, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our communities and country. The United States Honor Flag has become a symbol of honor, rich in history, inspiring a renewed spirit of American patriotism as it has paid tribute to those who have answered the call of duty and gone before us, forever remembered.

The presentation of the U.S. Honor Flag at the Austin Symphony kicks off a three-day national tour for the Flag to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the events of 9-11 and honor all of those who responded to the call of duty and those who made the ultimate sacrifice during that time.

After playing the National Anthem, Peter Bay begins the evening with one of Richard Strauss’ most stirring tone poems, Death and Transfiguration, and ends with the Russian Easter Overture of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, which begins very somber but concludes with the joyousness of hope that comes with the Easter season.

Hailed by the Boston Herald as “the greatest violinist active today,” Joshua Bell has been a regular on the ASO’s concert stage ever since his debut with the ASO in 1989 at the age of 21. Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions which have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” Often referred to as the poet of the violin, Bell is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and is the newly named Music Director of The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Bell first came to national attention at the age of 14 in a highly acclaimed orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Carnegie Hall debut and a recording contract further confirmed his presence in the music world. Today he is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra leader and composer who performs his own cadenzas to several of the major concerto repertoire.

Mr. Bell joins the ASO for two works on this program. Mr. Bell closes the first half of the concert with Tchaikovsky’s Méditation. Mr. Bell will open the second half with Glazunov’s Violin Concerto in A Minor.

Tickets for Joshua Bell with the Austin Symphony range from $25 to $65. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).