Joshua Bell played his first professional concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra when he was 14 years old. Since then, Bell has become the concert music equivalent of a matinee idol, being named Billboard’s “Classical Artist of the Year,” making the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and copping the Avery Fisher Prize.
Sept. 11-12, with a special Gala performance Sept. 13, Bell will help open the ISO’s 2008-2009 season, performing Camille Saint-Saens’ Third Violin Concerto. The concert is sure to be a crowd pleaser. ISO Music Director Mario Venzago will be conducting, and the other offerings on the menu are Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra (the 2001: A Space Odyssey signature) and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Dukas.
The Thursday and Friday concerts are at 8 p.m. with tickets ranging from $20-$75. The Saturday Gala begins at 6 p.m. with tickets from $35-$85, including a pre-concert reception beginning at 5 p.m. Order tickets by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre box office, 45 Monument Circle, 317-639-4300, or by going online to www.IndianapolisSymphony.org.