It’s morning rush hour. You don’t even notice the casually dressed young man holding a violin . . . until he begins to play. Would you notice him then? What if the nondescript fiddler was 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?
That’s the question posed by Gene Weingarten in his Pulitzer Prize-winning story in The Washington Post. The fiddler was none other than virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, whom I wrote about in an earlier post. Here is Gene’s fascinating, expertly written story.
PEARLS BEFORE BREAKFAST
Can one of the nation’s great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let’s find out.
By Gene Weingarten
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page W10
HE EMERGED FROM THE METRO AT THE L’ENFANT PLAZA STATION AND POSITIONED HIMSELF AGAINST A WALL BESIDE A TRASH BASKET. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play. (more…)