Sunday, April 08, 2007

What if ......?

Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, was asked the same question. What did he think would occur, hypothetically, if one of the world's great violinists had performed incognito before a traveling rush-hour audience of 1,000-odd people?
The Washington Post wanted to find out. They got Joshua Bell to be just your average (excellent) street musician in a Metro station for an hour during rush-hour. Interesting to read the results. Even more interesting to see the video capsule of what happened.

On a more seasonal note ..... they apparently also had a Peeps Diorama Contest.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog: www.SawLady.com/blog
She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters... I thought you might find it interesting.

4/09/2007 8:22 AM  
Anonymous jeana said...

Wow. Fascinating study of human behavior. I hope I would have stopped.

4/09/2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger seeking_something said...

aw c'mon now. You can't just show up and play whatever. You have to play to your audience; you have to select the music that speaks to them. Say if you were a great orator and you start speaking on how to stuff and preserve a dead otter, who cares? Being talented is not enough. You have to be relevant too.

4/15/2007 6:51 PM  

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