“Pearls before Breakfast”

What if you took “one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made,” and placed him in a Washington Metro station? Washington Post reports what happened. Via Jim.

5 thoughts on ““Pearls before Breakfast”

  1. Bell was first pitched this idea shortly before Christmas, over coffee at a sandwich shop on Capitol Hill. A New Yorker, he was in town to perform at the Library of Congress

    A New Yorker? He may live there now, but he was born and raised in Indiana, thank you very much.

  2. You know, I’m not exactly surprised by that, even though it’s pretty sad. I’m a musician too (a pianist), and a few weeks ago played seven performances of “Annie” presented by the theatre group in our town. Even though we had full houses (or nearly so) for all performances, I could always hear murmuring from the audiences. Of course, at the matinees, when little ones are present, there’s a certain noise level that you kind of expect. However, some “adults” are oblivious to the fact that they’re listening to real people playing music, not watching TV or listening to a CD or an IPod. Before each performance, people were reminded to turn off or mute cell phones, pagers, etc. But there was always someone who “didn’t get the memo”, and inevitably something chirped at some point (usually a quiet moment)… I’ve even heard this happen at Mass! Sadly typical of our “uncultured” culture — a culture of rudenesss when even a fine performer like Joshua Bell can be ignored. Because, you know, music is a frill, and in our “gotta go” world, no one has time for that “stuff”. Sad …

  3. This is such an amazing article – and videos. I wonder how the people that hurried by will feel once they read this in the Washington Post.

  4. One guy said, “Omigosh, what kind of town do I live in, where this could happen?” The answer: the Washington of Democrat majorities in both houses!” What else would one expect inside the Beltway?

  5. That was amazing, but I would have to admit that I would have enjoyed hearing it, but would have moved on rather quickly if I was on a morning commute…..then kicking myself after reading about it in the paper :-).

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