Live from Lincoln Center "Joshua Bell With Friends @ The Penthouse" on WXXI-TV

Live from Lincoln Center "Joshua Bell With Friends @ The Penthouse" on WXXI-TV

Sun, 06/06/2010 - 7:00pm
Celebrated violinist and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER favorite Joshua Bell (pictured) performs in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Credit: Richard Termine

Violinist Joshua Bell performs with a star-studded cast including Rochester's own Renée Fleming.

Celebrated violinist and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER favorite Joshua Bell and some musical friends, including Sting, Renee Fleming, Regina Spektor, Chris Botti, Nathan Gunn, Jane Monheit, Marvin Hamlisch, Frankie Moreno, Tiempo Libre, Jeremy Denk and Carel Kraayenhof, perform in the intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Joshua Bell With Friends @ The Penthouse” airs Sunday, June 6 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Renowned violinist and LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER favorite Joshua Bell performs with friends in Lincoln Center’s intimate Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Included in the program are performances of “Come Again” with music icon Sting, “I Loves You Porgy” with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, Richard Strauss’ “Morgen” with renowned soprano Renée Fleming, “Left Hand Song” with singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, “My Funny Valentine” with jazz singer Jane Monheit, “O, Cease Thy Singing, Maiden Fair” with acclaimed baritone Nathan Gunn, “I’ll Take Manhattan” with incomparable pianist/composer Marvin Hamlisch and “Eleanor Rigby” with popular musician Frankie Moreno, and “Para Tí” by Grammy-nominated Cuban music sensation Tiempo Libre. Dutch bandoneon master and tango phenomenon Carel Kraayenhof joins Bell on “Oblivion.”

Also performing is Bell’s frequent collaborator, pianist Jeremy Denk. In a LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTERfirst, Joshua Bell will perform a duet performance of Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 3, Movement II featuring Sergei Rachmaninoff with a Zenph piano, a technological innovation that captures the nuances of Rachmaninoff’s keystrokes and pedaling and enables a specially retrofitted Steinway to replay Rachmaninoff’s performance … by itself!
As the first American-born violinist to star in the LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTERseries at the Kaplan Penthouse, Bell has, for more than two decades, enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking playing and tone of rare beauty. A recipient of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, and just named by Musical America as the 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year, Bell is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions and earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” With projects resulting in Grammys, an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize, Bell is best known for performing the Oscar-winning soundtrack of John Corigliano’s The Red Violin. His two recent Sony Classical releases, At Home With Friends, which inspired this TV special, and Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Music Chart. Bell last starred on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTERas part of the Mostly Mozart Festival in August. He has recorded more than 35 albums and made acclaimed Sony Classical recordings of the concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn (both featuring his own cadenzas), Sibelius and Goldmark, and the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Maw concerto. He is featured on the recently released soundtracks of Angels & Demons and Defiance. Bell plays the 1713 Gibson ex-Huberman Stradivarius. 
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, nowin its 34th broadcast season, has received 13 Emmy Awards, most recently for last year’s broadcast of New York City Opera’s Madama Butterfly. The series has made the world’s greatest artists from Lincoln Center’s renowned stages accessible to home viewers in virtually every corner of the United States. It remains the only series of live fine arts performances on American television today.