Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell seems to be playing a lineup of greatest hits from the Romantic period for his Society for the Performing Arts concert. “It wasn’t meant to be chronological, though it sort of is,” confirms Bell. In the first half of the concert, he’ll be performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Sonata in F Major. “One of the reasons I included this piece is because, of course, Mendelssohn is one the greatest composers that ever lived, but also, this is a piece that not many people play or know very well. It was actually just discovered rather recently, in the last 40 years or so, and I just think it’s an incredibly beautiful piece and a joyous piece.”
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In the second half of the concert, Bell will perform Eugène Ysaÿe’s Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade.” It’s a work he should understand well since his mentor and teacher Josef Gingold studied with Ysaÿe. 8 p.m. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit www.spahouston.com. $30 to $65.
Fri., Jan. 20, 2012