From February, 2016

artsATL Review: Joshua Bell, the shining star of the violin, captivates a capacity Spivey Hall audience

February 3, 2016 By STEPHANIE ADRIAN In 2007, The Washington Post arranged an experiment at L’Enfant Plaza, a metro station in Washington D.C. Writer Gene Weingarten persuaded world famous violinist Joshua Bell to play his 1713 Stradivarius during the morning rush hour while Washington Post representatives were scattered about to observe passersby on their morning commutes. (A hidden camera documented those 43 minutes as well.) Donned in street clothes and a Washington Nationals baseball cap, Bell played “Chaconne” from J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor among other things. Curiously, Bell’s playing was rarely acknowledged by those who passed him. Weingarten was looking to observe context, perception…