Joshua Bell

Benzel-Busch Motor Car Corp., New Jersey's premier Mercedes-Benz, Audi and smart dealership and longtime supporter of the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), is proud to announce the “Benzel-Busch Concert Series.” As a supporter of arts in the community, Benzel-Busch understands the importance of
 bergenPAC to Englewood and northern New Jersey and kicks off the Series with Joshua Bell’s March 27th concert. “We are committed to bergenPAC’s success,” said J. Agresta and look forward to this Concert Series.” Concert attendees will have the opportunity to view the latest models from Benzel-Busch onsite as well as speak with knowledgeable representatives from the dealership.

Since picking up the violin at the age of 4, Bell has wowed the music world with crowd- pleasing performances that beautifully blend his flamboyant playing style with technical genius. From his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, at age 17, to the Avery Fisher Prize he was awarded at Lincoln Center in 2007 to even more awards, Bell’s restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of "classical music superstar." His accolades include the New York Recording Academy Honors, Grammy, Emmy, and Oscar Nominations and Awards, and he played violin for the Oscar winning score for Red Violin.

As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 CDs since his first LP recording at age 18 on the Decca Label. Bell has been embraced by a wide television audience with appearances ranging from The Tonight Show, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose, and CBS Sunday Morning to Sesame Street. Bell has collaborated on many projects, including his album At Home With Friends (2009), on which he worked with Chris Botti, Sting, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, Anoushka Shankar, Marvin Hamlisch and Tiempo Libre, among others.

Many will remember the interesting experiment where Bell performed incognito at a subway station in Washington, D.C. in 2007 to see who would stop to listen if they didn’t know who was playing. The story about the experiment won a Pulitzer Prize. And he wrote a lovely children’s book about that day entitled The Man With The Violin.

Joshua bell was also chosen as one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in May, 2000.

This young master was recently named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the first person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958.

Bell will perform live in concert with his “baby”, a 1713 Huberman Stradivarius violin, which, like Bell, has a sound like no other. His violin saved many Jewish people during the Holocaust. The violinist, Bronislaw Huberman created a Palestinian Orchestra and obtained exit visas for Jews in Europe to play in Palestine. Interestingly, Joshua Bell’s own relatives were on the first “Aliya” to Palestine in the late 1800’s and they may have been in the audience, listening to that very Stradivarius that Huberman played and that Joshua Bell now plays.

The remaining lineup of the Benzel-Busch Concert Series will include world-class performances by Pat Benatar (May 6th), Audra McDonald (Bergen Performing Arts Center Gala Performance, May 8th), Keb Mo (June 26th), and Chris Botti (August 7th).

About Benzel-Busch:

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About bergenPAC

Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors, members, and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community.

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