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Joshua Bell Wants to Rebrand Himself, Plans Performance in D.C. Metro to Coincide with Sept. 30 Release

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Sep 29, 2014 04:03 PM EDT

Joshua Bell may have signed his name to the wrong idea — that is, he will always go down as "that famous violinist who played in the Metro and no one paid attention to."

But this time, he is returning to the D.C. Metro on his own terms, one that coincides with his forthcoming release Sept. 30.

But this performance has a certain mission in mind. The goal: to promote music education to busy commuters at the Union Station's main hall, who he hopes will pause and watch a program of Mendelssohn and Bach.

What has really driven Bell here, according to The Washington Post, is his seeking perfection, meaning he feels the best of Bach is born in the silence of the audience, the watchful eye that begs for a great performance.

Being labeled an "In Case You Missed It" concert, the show will coincide with his upcoming release Joshua Bell: Bach, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields that drops the same day as the performance.

Bell will also be featured on HBO in an original documentary Joshua Bell: A YoungArts Masterclass. Nine students mentored through the YoungArts Foundation and will accompany Bell in the underground performance.

He has certainly been trying to bring his name elsewhere, hopefully having something else etched on his tombstone instead of "the guy who played violin in the Metro."

Truth is, he probably does not need to try all that hard, as can be seen below:

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