With his Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority mulligan miles behind him, Joshua Bell is Skyping with me from his suite at the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai. As per usual when talking to the press, the world's greatest living violinist is in between rehearsals. Yes, Bell has traveled to the United Arab Emirates to perform Felix Mendelssohn's 'Violin Concerto' in E minor, Op. 64 at the Royal Opera House Muscat with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields--the storied British band, founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958, that Bell remains the only American to have led as both music director and conductor.
Just seven years after his D.C. metro debut, Joshua Bell took to the Union Station stop for a similar social experiment--however, this time he would be far from ignored.
Living in Williamsburg, the turf is divided accordingly. About a stone's throw in any direction lay neighborhoods strewn with Hasidic Jews, a population that is forever expanding from some 73,000 people and on. I've always wondered "do any of them play around town? If so, where?"
Evgeny Kissin has pulled off a brilliant coup with his latest project, an exploration of Jewish music and Yiddish poetry--both performed by him. And the performance, at Washington's Kennedy Center, was hailed by Washington Post critic Anne Midgette as one of the finest things she had ever witnessed.
Since James Bamford's not interested, let's say: Greenwald gets the book, Gellman handles the music...with Harding on lyrics? No matter how you divvy them up, it's only a matter of time before some enterprising repertory group stages a Snowden musical.
Be it classical music, jazz, theater or dance, arts news gets made fresh every day...especially for Cyber Tuesday, December 2, 2013 (i.e. only twentysomething more days until Christmas proper).
When the Washington Post could no longer afford a photographer to shoot photos for William Paul Gottlieb's fledgling jazz column, the fresh-out-of-Lehigh grad decided he'd simply snap his own.
News gets made fresh everyday.
And with the world's best musicians, singers, dancers and actors going back to repertory work after their summer stocks, there's more good news happening now than there was, say, back in July.
“I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).” -- Chelsea Manning
Can one of YouTube's great musicians cut through the fog of Eurostar's London terminal? Let us find out.