Thursday, April 10, 2008

WP: Pearls Before Breakfast

The Washington Post conducted one of the most unique experiments in recent memory, as they set in motion a plan to answer-

What would happen if one of the nation's most acclaimed violinists, played history's most beautiful music on one of the finest violins of the 18th century, while collecting change before an open case in a Metro stop during morning rush hour?

The Post sent Joshua Bell and his Stradivarius to DC's L' Enfant Plaza subway stop to find out. He wore plain clothes and a Washington Nationals hat. For the next hour he played some of the finest music of the past centuries. They set up a hidden camera to capture people's reactions.

Would the music transcend the hustle of the morning commute?

Did Bell draw a crowd?

Was this once-in-a-lifetime event ignored?

Check out the article here (with video evidence) to find out.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i bet if he had a stick and a few empty buckets turned upside down, the crowd would be 10 deep. pathetic.