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.