Virtuoso Snubbed in Train Station
What Happens If A violinist Plays in The Subway And Nobody Hears It?
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2007 1:10 PM CDT
Violinist Joshua Bell embraces his 1713 Stradivarius, purchased several years ago for more than $3 million, during an interview in his New York apartment on Oct. 8, 2003. Bell received $75,000 as...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten put world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, in a subway station in Washington DC one rush hour morning to see if people would notice him. Mostly, they didn’t.

Just over one thousand people passed him in 43 minutes. A handful stopped; 27 commuters handed over $32.17; and exactly one person recognized the violinist and his Stradivari-made instrument. Said Mr. Bell, "I was stressing a little."