Joshua Bell recital a hit with San Antonians

February 3, 2016 - 1:15pm

With overflowing talent and supreme confidence, violin superstar Joshua Bell once again demonstrated to a breathless San Antonio audience Tuesday night why he’s one of the world’s greats. Making his fourth San Antonio appearance since the 1990s, Bell performed for the first time in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, making the most of the excellent acoustics in a recital for a near-capacity audience. Bell made his 303-year-old Stradivarius sing in the first moments of the opening Chaconne by Tomaso Antonio Vitali. Dressed in a charcoal black, vested outfit on a bare stage adorned only by a Steinway, Bell obviously wanted the music to speak for itself, and it certainly did as Bell worked through the nuanced, layered variations in the baroque piece. But it was the following Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 9 for Violin and Piano that was the evening’s dramatic centerpiece.

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