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Joshua Bell pays homage to JFK’s 100th birthday at the Kennedy Center

Joshua Bell performs a Washington Performing Arts recital with pianist Sam Haywood

Joshua Bell — Photo: Phil Knott

The virtuoso classical violinist Joshua Bell performs two public concerts as part of a week-long residency at the Kennedy Center.

First up is an off-site performance with the National Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Gourmet Symphony — a local nonprofit specializing in entertainment experiences that encourage patrons to eat, drink and socialize while enjoying classical music. A bespoke menu and cocktails comes courtesy of Kapnos/Graffiato chef Mike Isabella.

John Devlin conducts works by Manuel Ponce, Eric Nathan, Respighi, Nigel Hess, Johannes Brahms, and Ravel. It all takes place Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $300.

Two nights later, Bell performs a Washington Performing Arts recital with pianist Sam Haywood. The evening pays homage to John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday with actor John Lithgow reading Robert Frost’s poem Dedication — written for JFK’s inauguration — and set to Air by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The evening also includes violin classics by Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $50 to $125.

For both events, call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.

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