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Joshua Bell Puts New Spin on House-Concert Concept

Magazine article Strings

Joshua Bell Puts New Spin on House-Concert Concept

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Violinist gets a little help from his (famous) friends on latest CD

JOSHUA BELL IS ADMITTEDLY BLESSED. On a good night, the violinist - who can fill a concert hall - can pack nearly 200 people into a performance space on the second floor of his newly renovated loft apartment in New York City for a private evening concert.

"My dream was to have sort of musical soiree evenings in this old-fashion salon-type sense," Bell says, "and invite different kinds of artists and various friends of mine and have an eclectic mix of people playing in my home and invite guests or do it for charity.

"I'm spoiled - I'm very lucky to live in Manhattan this way. I designed the house myself with an architect and really built every corner of it. It's been a passion of mine for the last four years."

In part a reflection and celebration of Bell's favorite corner of the stylish bachelor pad, the album Joshua Bell: At Home with Friends is set for an October release by Sony Classical. …

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