"There was never a crowd, not even for a second. In the three-quarters of an hour that Joshua Bell played (yes, Joshua Bell, who has won three Grammys, made his professional debut at age 14 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, who five years later, received an Avery Fisher Career Grant for promising American classical performers, and just now in April, received the Avery Fisher Prize, honoring achievement in a career—Joshua Bell who has played for crowned heads and whose talents can command $1,000 a minute) seven people stopped what they were doing to hang around and take in the performance, at least for a minute. That leaves the 1,070 people who hurried by, oblivious, many only three feet away, few even turning to look."
All those people passed without stopping to listen to incredibly beautiful music. I keep asking myself, would I have stopped? Would you??
Andrew had a cello lesson that afternoon and we enjoyed discussing the incident with Janis, Andrew's always delightful and insightful teacher. She said that Bell is a very friendly and interesting person. He's played with the Charlotte Symphony a couple of times and she's had the opportunity to meet him. She hadn't read the whole Post article so we look forward to talking about it with her more next week.
In the meantime, we are going to enjoy some of Bell's music in our own home. If you want to learn and hear more, check out Joshua Bell's website.