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Joshua Bell - Alessio Bax, in an exquisite performance at the Newport Music Festival gala / The Providence Journal

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Chamber music galas are usually a chance to dress fancy, eat fancy food, and visit fancy places. The music is usually an afterthought. But you don't engage Joshua Bell as an afterthought. The esteemed violinist, with his equally estimable piano accompanist Alessio Bax, performed Sunday evening at Ochre Court for the annual gala of the Newport Music Festival. There was plenty of fancy throughout the evening, but thanks to Bell and Bax, plenty of music as well. The program was "only" two major sonatas - Mozart and Grieg - along with a tender song from Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, and Sarasate's unimaginably virtuosic "Zigeunerweisen." All of it served as a vehicle for the brilliance and supreme musicianship that Bell brings perpetually to any concert stage.

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