Early in November, S and I went to the Atlanta Symphony to see and hear Joshua Bell perform the Barber violin concerto. We enjoyed it immensely. It wasn't the first time we'd seen him, and it's always been money well spent. We also have a number of his CDs. Again, money well spent.
A couple of years ago, Bell gave a performance in a different venue. The performance was actually part of a social experiment being done for an article in the Washington Post Magazine. One day during rush hour, Bell walked into a Washington DC Metro stop, took out his violin and began to play.
Having lived in Boston for so many years, I've enjoyed a lot of good street performers and heard a lot of good music in the subway stations, especially around Harvard Square. But it's hard to get an audience to just stay there and listen. How many people do you suppose stopped for Joshua Bell? It makes me wonder who I've passed by and what great performances I've missed. Maybe I'll try to stop and listen to the music a little more often.
The video is by John W. Poole.