Having an ear for beauty

On that Friday in January, those private questions would be answered in an unusually public way. No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators 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. His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?

Read the article here.


This is amazing. I just wish they had the whole video because I would have loved to hear the music. As it is, I think I may buy the cd that is mentioned at the end of the article.

Would you have stopped? I like to think that I would have, because I love the violin and classical music, and to see someone who is into their music draws me in as well … but in today’s world, who knows? I may have been one of the thousands who didn’t even look up to see who was making the noise.

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One Response to Having an ear for beauty

  1. arwenoid says:

    I’ve been known to stop in Granville Station for a minute or two to listen to some of the particularly good musicians.

    It’s pretty rare, though… and I’m far too often running late for things. Still, I almost always appreciate it, even if I’m just walking by.

    Very, very cool. 🙂

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