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LMS String Fest Students Meet Joshua Bell


Many of the students in Lucy Moses School’s Summer String Fest program have music credentials that would distinguish much older performers, but hanging out with the virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell was not exactly an ordinary Tuesday afternoon. Following a rehearsal of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D major with Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, the students had the opportunity to meet Bell in the green room and ask the advice of one of the world’s greatest living violinists. Does he still get nervous before performing? Yes, but it helps to run through a piece in front of people you know before going on stage. What’s the best way to memorize new pieces? Lots of repetition. Try playing the piece without music and see where you make mistakes, he advised. Some students seemed surprised to learn that at their age he practiced “only” one hour a day.

The 30 exceptional young string players, who range in age from nine to 23, will give a final performance in Merkin Concert Hall on Friday, August 23 at 3 pm. The concert is FREE and open to the public. The program is below:

DVOŘÁK  -  Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Opus 96
CORELLI  -  Trio in B minor
HOLST  -  St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra
STRINGFEST  -  “Improvisation” 
HANDEL  -  Concerto Grosso in A major, Op. 6, No. 11
SAINT-SAËNS  -  Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso
SIBELIUS  -  Valse Triste, Op. 44, No. 1
TRADITIONAL  -  “Freylechs from Warsaw”