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July 10
Did You Guess? His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
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July 10, 1900 was the date that one of the most recognizable trademarks in the world was registered.  It shows a dog looking into the speaker of a gramophone.
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July 10, 2001 Joshua Bell and the New York Philharmonic premiered Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story Suite for violin and orchestra, arranged by William David Brohn. William Eddins conducted the orchestra in Central Park in New York City.

Bell was born in Indiana in 1967 and became interested in the violin at an early age.  At age 4 his parents gave him his first violin (a 1/16 size) after he was found plucking tunes on rubber bands stretched across drawer handles. 
1733 - Premiere of Handel's oratorio Athalia at Oxford, England.

1811
- Benjamin Franklin Baker, US music teacher, was born  in Wenham, MA. First principal of the Boston music school.

1835
- Henryk Wieniawski, Polish violinist and composer, was born in Lubin, Poland.

1895
- Carl Orff, German composer, was born in Munich.

1979
- Arthur Fiedler, US conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1930-1979, died at age 84.

1981
- Simone Stella, Italian composer, pianist and organist, was born in Florence.

1983
- Werner Egk, German composer, died at age 82 in Inning.
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Bell grew up a "typical American kid," with a "slight addiction to computer games."  He was an athlete, and quite competitive.  He made the finals of a national tennis tournament when he was 10.

At age 12, Joshua met Josef Gingold, who became his teacher.   In 1981 he won the Seventeen Magazine/ General Motors competition. He made his professional orchestral debut at age 14, playing with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Ricardo Muti .
Joshua Bell
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West Side Story Suite
Joshua has had a shining performing and recording career.  He recorded the works of George Gershwin with composer John Williams. On the album Listen to the Storyteller, he performed a violin solo in a work by Wynton Marsalis. John Corgliano, who would later compose the music for the film The Red Violin, wrote the concert piece Chaconne, for Bell.  Bell also performed for the film and soundtrack for The Red Violin.  iano, who also composed the music for the film The Red Violin. Bell has also performed works by British composer Nicholas Maw and American composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

Recent recordings by Bell include Romance of the Violin and West Side Story Suite (by Bernstein). 

Most of Joshua Bell's time is devoted to concerts and recitals. During a season, he performs more than 100 concerts worldwide.  He has organized an annual winter music festival in London. Performers have included Yefim Bronfman, Steven Isserlis and the Orion String Quartet.

Bell is praised for his cadenzas for violin concertos. He has written cadenzas for Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mozart. He has appeared on CBS This Morning, The Tonight Show and AE's Biography. Joshua Bell, with a violin named the "Gibson" has become a household name among classical musicians.  Joshua Bell is one of the featured performers in Barry Green's book The Mastery of Music : Ten Pathways to True Artistry. He is the subject of the chapter on concentration.
He earned appearances with several orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philharmonic Orchestra of London and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under such renowned conductors as Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Franz Welser-Most, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Herbert Blomstedt.
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