World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell performs with Kansas City Symphony

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A world-renowned violinist is performing in Kansas City this weekend.

Joshua Bell is joining Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

“It's so nice to be back here in Kansas City and here in this amazing place,” said Bell. “This is a spectacular concert hall. The orchestra is sounding great. One of my best friends is conducting, Michael Stern, so I'm very happy this weekend to be playing

For 30 years, Bell has traveled the world, filling every seat in the most prestigious concert halls around the globe. Helzberg Hall, at the Kauffman Center, he said, is among the best.

“This is absolutely a world-class concert hall and a world-class orchestra and Michael Stern is a world-class conductor,” Bell praised.

As a musician, Bell said Helzberg Hall gives him the freedom to perform the music as he wants.

“The concert hall has great ambience so it allows me to do certain things that I might not be able to do in a dry hall somewhere else,” he said.

This is Bell’s second time performing at Helzberg Hall, though he has performed with the Kansas City Symphony many times at its previous home, the Lyric Theatre.

He is performing Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Bell described it as “a great showpiece.”

The concerts are sold out, but there is a waiting list for returned tickets. Guests are also invited to visit the box office 90 minutes before each concert to wait for available tickets.

Visit t he Kansas City Symphony's website for more information .

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