Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations: An Evening of Chamber Music and Conversation with Joshua Bell and Larisa Martínez

Friday, August 21, 2020
05:00pm EDT

Location CHQ Assembly Video Platform

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Joshua Bell, violin
Larisa Martínez, soprano
Kamal Khan, piano

Mendelssohn/Arr. Eugene Kohn: "Ah, ritorna età dell'oro"
Kreisler: Liebesfreud
Schubert: Ave Maria
Bizet/Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, op. 25
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Bernstein/Arr. Brohn and Czarnecki: West Side Story Medley

Join us for this special evening as Mr. Bell and Ms. Martínez share music and conversation from their home to yours! The artists have prerecorded a special recital for Chautauqua audiences, and will join us for live conversation during which we will invite questions from viewers.

With a career spanning more than thirty years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, conductor and director, Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. A Sony Classical artist, Bell has​ recorded more than 40 albums garnering GRAMMY®, Mercury, Gramophone, and OPUS KLASSIK awards. Named the Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold this post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. 

Ms. Martínez made her Kennedy Center recital debut in September 2019 and her Carnegie Hall debut In October 2019 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman. For the last two years, Ms. Martínez has been touring with Andrea Bocelli, debuting at Madison Square Garden and throughout North America, South America, and Europe. She has also collaborated with Joshua Bell on the Emmy-nominated PBS special, Live from Lincoln Center: Seasons of Cuba. As part of the same project, she has traveled to Cuba as part of the artistic delegation sent by former president Barack Obama to expand cultural collaboration and bonds of friendship between the two countries. She studied at the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, received her Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, and holds a Master's degree from Mannes School of Music. Ms. Martínez is a proud artistic resident of Turnaround Arts, led by the Presidential Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Cocktails, Concerts & Conversations is the CHQ Assembly performing arts series intended to connect people through music, theater and dance. Mondays will feature Opera artists and be hosted by Chautauqua Opera Company General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood; Tuesdays will feature Chautauqua Dance and be hosted by Artistic Advisor Sasha Janes; Wednesdays will feature Theater artists and be hosted by Chautauqua Theater Company Artistic Director Andrew Borba; Thursdays will feature soloists in recital and be hosted by Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov, and Fridays will feature popular entertainment artists and be hosted by Vice President of Performing and Visual Arts Deborah Sunya Moore. We hope this panoply of performances will lift your spirits and invite you to bring those spirits (ones that fill both your heart and your glass) to join us at 5:00 p.m. on most weekdays through the summer. Be it with cocktail or mocktail, come for conversation. Every artist on this series is eager to welcome you into the conversation — see you there!