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Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood, set for UA-Centennial Hall recital /

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After years of guesting with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles that made it our way, Joshua Bell in 2011 played his first ever Tucson solo concert. Eight years and yet another TSO appearance - back in 2013 - later, Bell is bringing his latest solo recital to Centennial Hall with UA Presents on Friday, Feb. 15. Bell doesn't do a whole lot of recitals. In fact, we are the finale of a 10-city solo trek with his longtime accompanist, English pianist Sam Haywood, before he heads to Europe and then back to the U.S. for orchestra dates through the spring. 

"It's a different experience than playing a concerto with an orchestra, where I fly in, rehearse my one big piece with the orchestra" and perform, Bell, 51, said during a teleconference with West Coast journalists in mid-December. "Playing a big concerto is thrilling, too. You've got a lot of people on stage. It's louder. ... But with a solo recital ... it's two hours of more intensity from beginning to end. But what I like is I get to offer sort of a tasting menu from classical music. Something from different periods. I get to show different aspects of classical music, different ways the violin can express itself. It's more intimate. I can talk to the audience between pieces."

Bell will be in concert with pianist Sam Haywood on Friday, Feb. 15 at Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona campus.