On Saturday, September 12, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) will begin their “SPAC @ Home: Concert Series” with world-renowned violinist and Grammy Award-winner Joshua Bell and classical pianist, Peter Dugan. The event will be held at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College.
The concert program includes the Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5, the Kreisler/Dvorak “Slavonic Fantasy,” the Sarasate/Chopin Nocturne No. 20, and the Wieniawski “Polonaise de Concert.” After the concert, there will be a Q&A session with SPAC President Elizabeth Solo and Director of The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Ian Berry.
Tickets for the virtual event are $10 and can be purchased at spac.org. Ticket buyers will be directed to an exclusive stream.
Born in Bloomington, Indiana, Bell began the violin at age four, and at age twelve, began studies with his mentor, Josef Gingold. At age 14, Bell debuted with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17 with the St. Louis Symphony.
Bell has performed for three American presidents and the sitting justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. He participated in former president Barack Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ first cultural mission to Cuba, joining Cuban and American musicians on a 2017 Live from Lincoln Center PBS special, Joshua Bell: Seasons of Cuba, celebrating renewed cultural diplomacy between Cuba and the United States.