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Prominent violinist to play classics at UGA
Violinist Joshua Bell is making a stop in Athens as part of his nationwide tour. He will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Hodgson Concert Hall.

Joshua Bell concert

When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, 230 River Road, Athens

Cost: $49-$69

More info: or 706-542-4400

Deemed one of the world’s more celebrated musicians, violinist Joshua Bell will perform Tuesday at the University of Georgia.

Called “the greatest American violinist active today,” by The Boston Herald, Bell will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Hodgson Concert Hall. His recital will include Bach’s “Chaconne from Partita No. 2,” Beethoven’s “Violin Sonata No. 10” and Stravinsky’s “Divertimento” with additional works to be announced from the stage. He will be accompanied by award-winning British pianist Sam Haywood.

The recital is scheduled to be recorded for broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today, heard by more than 1.3 million listeners across the country.

Tickets are $49 to $69 with special discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

He has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Mercury, Grammy, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. His 2004 release, Romance of the Violin, was picked by Billboard as Classical CD of the Year and Bell was named Classical Artist of the Year. He was also featured on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film, “The Red Violin.”

Born in Bloomington, Ind., Bell received his first violin at age 4. Then he began studying at Indiana University at age 12. Two years later, he came to national attention in his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra. At age 17, he debuted at Carnegie Hall. Bell’s career has now spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and conductor. He performs on the 1713 Huberman Stradivarius.

An Avery Fisher Prize recipient, Bell received the New York Recording Academy Honors in June 2013. He was recently appointed music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold the title since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.