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Symphony Concert at Willamette Features Joshua Bell

Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell joined the Oregon Symphony for a classical concert Tuesday, May 19, in Smith Auditorium.

Conducted by Carlos Kalmar, the symphony and Bell performed Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto" and Bruckner's "Symphony No. 7."

Bell came to national attention at the age of 14 in his orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and a recording contract are part of what led to him earning the title "classical music superstar."

He has collaborated with numerous artists inside and outside the classical arena, including Josh Groban, James Taylor and Sting. Bell has made critically acclaimed recordings for Sony Classical of the concertos of Beethoven and Mendelssohn, as well as the Grammy Award-winning Nicholas Maw concerto. He plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius violin, made during what is known as Antonio Stradivari's "Golden Era."

Since 1955 the Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, has partnered with Willamette to bring the symphony's classical concerts to the Salem community. Pops concerts were added to the series in 1975. Today the Oregon Symphony in Salem presents a season of nine to ten concerts annually on the Willamette campus.

For more about the concert, visit www.oregonsymphony.org/salem.