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By Jef Dinsmore on Oct 11, 2014 to HBO Specials

joshuabell_masterclass07HBOWatch does not consistently report of every MASTERCLASS session that airs but we have a Press Release announcing the latest installment and we offer viewers that information here. It is an excellent series with professional and acclaimed artists from many disciplines spending time with youngsters in order to encourage their love for the arts and help them develop their skills as talented young artists.




 Every year, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) offers emerging talents across the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world’s greatest artists. In JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, the latest edition of the three-time Emmy-nominated HBO Family show, the Grammy-winning violinist collaborates with nine talented young musicians, helping them discover their unique voices in a group setting and guiding them through performances in New York and London. The exclusive presentation debuts TUESDAY, OCT. 14 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO.

 For more than 33 years, YoungArts has recognized and nurtured aspiring young artists and contributed to the vitality of the arts in America. In JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, the acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor leads talented YoungArts alumni Anna, Bradley, Brannon, Kelly, Kevin, Leah, Mariella, Sirena and Zachary through challenging compositions. Bell supports his students by playing alongside them, noting that if his students learn anything, it will be through “the process of making music in a natural way.” The young musicians feed off Bell’s natural energy, later observing that it was “easy to figure out what he wanted just by watching him.” To put the teens at ease, Bell bonds with them outside rehearsals, including a lunch at Shake Shack in New York City, where they discuss high school proms and the hardships of being on the road and frequently away Bells_studentsfrom home.

After practicing stateside for several days and performing for an intimate audience at Bell’s Manhattan home, the group travels to London to observe Bell in action during a rigorous day of recording with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The group makes time for fun at Abbey Road and the London Eye, as Bell emphasizes the importance of connecting “without the instruments in our hands.” The musicians end their trip by performing with Bell at a sold-out concert at The 100 Club, the legendary London rock music venue that has hosted such acts as Metallica, Paul McCartney and the Sex Pistols.

Making his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17, Joshua Bell has released more than 40 CDs over a career spanning nearly three decades, performing across the globe with the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras. In 2001, he earned a Grammy Award for his recording of Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto. Now in his third season as music director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell is the first person to hold the position since Sir Neville Marrinner created the chamber orchestra in 1958; their first recording under Bell’s leadership, of Beethoven’s 4th and 7th symphonies, debuted at #1 on the Billboard classical chart.  His latest recording, “Bach,” was releasjoshuabell_masterclass01ed Sept. 30. Bell is a member of the Kennedy Center Honors artist committee and a member of the New York Philharmonic’s board of directors.

JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS is a production of Simon & Goodman Picture Company; produced and directed by Oscar and Emmy winners Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon.

If you appreciate this artist’s music or have young musicians in the house then maybe this presentation is for you. Additional air dates include 10.17 at 11:30am, 10.24 at 1:00pm and 10.25 at 8:30am. HBO Family play dates are 10.15 at 7:00pm, 10.16 at 6:30pm, 10.20 at 10:45pm and 10.31 at 3:45am.



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