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Fred Child

Remember this 2007 story that got everyone talking (albeit briefly) about classical music? Violinist Joshua Bell played incognito at a Metro station in Washington, D.C., during rush hour, in an "experiment" designed by Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten.

Commuters brushed past one of the great musicians of our time — he was almost universally ignored — and Weingarten's WaPo story won a Pulitzer Prize.

On Tuesday this week, Joshua Bell got a do-over of sorts, playing a well-publicized event in the main hall of Washington, D.C.'s Union Station … and several thousand folks showed up. There are more details here from PBS's News Hour.

Said Bell to the crowd: "This is more like it!"


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Minnesota Varsity
Attention high school musicians: Minnesota Varsity 2015 is now open for submissions!

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Top Score: Singer Lisbeth Scott's rising note
Several years ago, a five-minute conversation took Lisbeth Scott from being a part-time singer and musician in a dance studio to performing in a soundtrack for Hans Zimmer, a titan of the industry ... and she didn't know who he was at the time. She only went up from there.

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An Opening Night Gala With The Berlin Philharmonic
The Berlin Philharmonic and its chief conductor Simon Rattle will open the legendary Carnegie Hall's season Oct. 1.

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Interview: Penny Dreadful composer Abel Korzeniowski
Abel Korzeniowski is unique among today's film and TV composers - for a number of reasons. With everything increasingly fast-paced and ever more composers delving into percussion and synths as a starting point, Korzeniowski begins with the strings.

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New Classical Tracks: Let's Dance!
From a Bach keyboard partita to a sultry Albeniz tango - the pieces on this disc have dance rhythms running through them. It's a brand-new release from young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor.

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Flicks in Five: Putting music in their mouths
Overdubbing is when an actor portraying a part in a musical doesn't do his or her own singing. That doesn't mean the actor can't sing; often there are other factors at work. Lynne Warfel has some stories about overdubbing on this week's Flicks in Five.

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Music with Minnesotans: Nanette Goldman
Nanette Goldman, professor of classics at Macalester College, faces all of life's experiences with determination and not a little joy. Her playlist both classic and modern.

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