the stories of a los angeles violinist

joshua freaking bell

Added on by Jordan Martone.

that one time that joshua bell came to perform with the academy of st martin in the fields, at the valley performing arts center located on csun's campus. 

and we all died

i bought my orchestra level seats 6 months ago for $10 each. yay, student pricing! joe came with me and was a good sport about sitting through such a strictly classical concert. on the drive home, he actually said he was inspired by the timpanist, so i felt like it was a good experience for the both of us. 

  i originally meant to sneak a pic of my friend brandon who was working as an usher that night, but this view of the hall's architecture is brilliant. 

i originally meant to sneak a pic of my friend brandon who was working as an usher that night, but this view of the hall's architecture is brilliant. 

he played mozart, brahms and beethoven and it was beautiful.  

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here we have nearly all of the csun violinists bursting at the seams to be meeting the violinist of our dreams. literally, lullabies in my dreams are serenaded by the imaginary josh in my head. 

and doesn't my professor look so happy to be there?! he used to be josh's old camp counselor at meadowmount, so we pretty much have an in with the guy. ha!  i have been lucky enough to meet him twice now. he is terribly nice and personable. when you say "hello, you played beautifully! would you mind signing my program?" he looks deep into your eyes with a brilliant smile and says "of course! i'm glad you enjoyed the concert!" and you just feel so incredibly important to him. what a way to connect to a person. 

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sidebar: I just restrung my violin with a new set of these babies: evah pirazzi's. apparently josh uses these on his strad. so if they're good enough for a strad, they're good enough for my kono. 

it's so inspiring to see someone who was a young child prodigy grow up to be one of the world's most successful violinists and still be extraordinarily passionate about his music.