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Music fans know a lot about Joshua Bell. This week, the violinist will showcase a cross-section of his career in a varied Kennedy Center residency that will take him from the expected - a solo recital - to the unusual - an orchestral performance accompanied by cocktails, food and wine curated by "Top Chef" alumnus and Washington restaurateur Mike Isabella. He will show National Symphony Orchestra audiences how he approaches conducting, a more recent interest (the concert will be streamed live on Medici.tv). And there will be a new work for children, based on a children's book called "The Man With the Violin" about, what else, that infamous Metro performance.

So what don't music fans know about Josh Bell? 

"He's an adrenaline junkie," says the cellist Steven Isserlis, who calls Bell his (honorary) "younger brother" after more than 30 years of friendship.

Elizabeth Sobol, who managed Bell's career for many decades as head of IMG, says "he has always been deeply soulful about his music, and deeply intelligent about everything he does"

"There's this aw-shucks Indiana boy personality," says the pianist Jeremy Denk, who has toured extensively with Bell, "which I think is a way in which he hides the incredible sharpness of his mind and perceptiveness. When he seems not to notice things, he's always noticing."

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