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Society for the Performing Arts presents Amadéus Leopold

Wortham Theater Center

Amadéus Leopold, previously known as Hahn-Bin, is the head-turning musician who harnesses performance art, technical prowess, powerful emotion and dynamic staging to transport classical musi


Society for the Performing Arts presents violinist Joshua Bell in recital

Jones Hall

Violin heavyweight and Houston favorite Joshua Bell returns to Jones Hall for a recital. Bell continues to enchant audiences with his breathtaking virtuosity, tone of sheer beauty and charismatic s


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Don't be afraid: A mysterious devil fiddle is headed to Houston, but it means no harm

By Joel Luks

Mother of pearl inlays, delicate filigree inkings, bone adornments and fanciful spirals gracing the scrolls — not your typical trimmings for a folk instrument of any kind. One would think tha ...


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Liberace of the fiddle: Rebel violinist brings his dance club music — and $3 million instrument — to Houston

By Joel Luks

It may have been an early childhood romance that first inspired Edvin Marton to pick up the violin, but his tryst with the fiddle wasn't love at first sight. When he was 5 years old, Marton ...


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The Matthew Broderick of classical music reveals all: Staying fresh, Miss America judging and more

By Joel Luks

Life is a never-ending adventure for violin celeb Joshua Bell, who at 45 years old continues to follow a hectic travel and performance itinerary that takes him to all the corners of this convoluted ...


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Going naked for Bach: Hot violinist Jennifer Koh reveals her intimate, private musical journey

By Joel Luks

Most people would say that violinist Jennifer Koh took a big risk when she decided against a traditional solo career. Koh had all the makings or a classical music mega star: Her debut with ...


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An adventurous life: Itzhak Perlman recounts bullets flying above his crib and the challenges of playing Beethoven

By Joel Luks

I don't remember learning about Itzhak Perlman. The man and his music were a much a part of my family's life as knowing that eggs were for breakfast, milk was good for your bones and b ...


Da Camera presents "Jennifer Koh: Bach for Solo Violin"

The Menil Collection

Following her mesmerizing performance last season of Bach's three Partitas, Jennifer Koh returns by popular demand to complete the cycle of Bach's magnificent works for solo violin with a r


Out with Bartok

Sandy wreaks havoc on a Houston Symphony concert, but a violinist swoops in to save the day

By Joel Luks

Houstonians haven't been affected much by Hurricane Sandy's wrath. Other than disrupting travel plans and having to bear nonstop news coverage of the massive weather system, our city has, f ...


Houston Symphony presents "Tchaikovsky's Fifth"

Jones Hall

You'll feel the power of fate in both life and death as you get caught up in the music's sweep of emotion, complete with gorgeous violin melodies and blazing brass. The concert also inc


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