Violinist Joshua Bell Brings A Performance Home

Rebecca Greenfield for The Wall Street Journal Joshua Bell in his Manhattan apartment earlier this year.

By WSJ Staff

Joshua Bell has played venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to subway platforms. On Tuesday the public was invited to his home when online platform webcast a live holiday concert from his apartment. (It will be available through January.)

Reporter Pia Catton recently wrote about the online performance:

“We’ve done many concerts with him before, but in usual concert halls,” said Hervé Boissièr, founder of, which specializes in live performing-arts broadcasts. “It’s interesting for us to show a musician in his own home.”

The concert is part of the rollout of Mr. Bell’s holiday album “Musical Gifts,” which includes songs ranging from “Let It Snow” to “Silent Night” to “Baal Shem: Simchat Torah (Rejoicing).” Joining him in the performance will be the soprano Renée Fleming, pianist and singer Michael Feinstein and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

To make the webcast happen, sent a team of 15 people with five high-definition cameras to Mr. Bell’s apartment. “The shooting is adapted to the space,” said Mr. Boissière. “There are 60 people invited, and we will film a little bit before to show the apartment.”

Ms. Catton recently spoke to The Wall Street Journal This Morning’s Gordon Deal about Mr. Bell and his performance.

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