"Pearls Before Breakfast" - Gene Weingarten - Washington Post

"Pearls Before Breakfast" - Gene Weingarten - Washington Post

by: Gene Weingarten | publication date: April 8, 2007 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: W10

"It was a snazzy, sequined idea -- part inspiration and part gimmick -- and it was typical of Bell, who has unapologetically embraced showmanship even as his concert career has become more and more august. . . "

At the behest of the Washington Post, a world-class concert violinist dressed in jeans, a t-shirt, and a baseball cap performs classical pieces during the early morning rush hour in a subway station "as an experiment in context, perception and priorities -- as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?' Weingarten's feature won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.

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