The University of Iowa
Joshua Bell
Shervin Lainez II

Joshua Bell

Alessio Bax, piano

Presented by
ADULT: $70 | $60 | $50
YOUTH: $35 | $10

This performance is a Group I event and eligible for a 20% discount when buying 5 or more Hancher season events in a single order. More about available discounts.

Friday, October 20, 2017, 7:30 pm

“Joshua Bell doesn’t stand in anyone’s shadow.” So declares the New York Times, and when Bell steps into the light on the Hancher stage with his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, he’ll demonstrate why. The man who once famously played incognito in the Washington D.C. subway is recognizably brilliant no matter what—or where—he performs.

The Program:

Mendelssohn         Sonata in F Major (1838)                                        

Grieg                       Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45                                        

Brahms                   Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78

Additional works to be announced from the stage.                            


Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

Event Sponsors:
Country Bancorp/Bill and Nancy Bernau
Bob and Peggy Rakel
David and Noreen Revier
William and Marlene W. Stanford

Seating map

Running time: 1.5 hours


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Review: New York City Ballet on the move at Hancher
The Gazette - Sunday, October 22, 2017
Joshua Bell is peerless perfection on violin. His artistry knows no bounds. Friday night’s nearly sold-out crowd at Hancher Auditorium heard Bell and his 300-year-old violin in all their glory, in a magnificent two-hour recital with pianist Alessio Bax. The pair performed three sonatas and three encores, each piece keeping listeners on the edge of their seats, holding their breath as each final note hung suspended in midair before fading into silence, broken only by gasps, thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations. “That was the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard,” a young woman told her friend as they exited the auditorium.
On love, beautiful music, and a Stradivarius: Joshua Bell to bring celebrated violin to Hancher Friday night
The Gazette - Thursday, October 19, 2017
Theirs is a love affair that bridges the centuries and makes audiences swoon, whether they’re zipping past in a subway or seated in one of the world’s most magnificent concert halls. It was love at first sight for Joshua Bell and his 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, which he’ll make sing at Hancher Auditorium on Friday night (10/20). Many hands have held the instrument during its 300 years, and Bell is determined to hold it for the rest of his life.
The Daily Iowan - Thursday, October 19, 2017
Walk into the auditorium. The lights are dimmed. Wait for a world-class musician to take to the stage. The crowd applauds as he walks on, holding his instrument. He lifts the instrument, ready to take flight and bring the audience into an uplifting world. Joshua Bell, a world-renowned classical violinist, will perform at Hancher at 7:30 p.m. Friday. He performed at Hancher’s previous incarnation in 2003. For Bell, this love of music began early. As a child, his parents found him in his room, plucking rubber bands he had tied to his dresser drawers. Young Joshua was trying to play the music he had heard, and his parents immediately took action. Thereafter, Bell and his violin took on the world.

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