I've wanted to hear Joshua Bell perform live since I saw this video of him playing in a metro station. Thousands of people walked by without stopping to hear one of the world's greatest violinists with his Stradivarius play for 45 minutes. For me, it was an important lesson in remaining alive to your surroundings, alive to the people you meet every day. As the Hebrew proverb says: "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."
Fortunately, I heard him play this weekend at the 20th anniversary performance of the score for "The Red Violin," for which Mr. Bell was also the violinist. It was a special treat to have the composer, John Corigliano, in the audience. I've loved his music since I saw the haunting opera "The Ghosts of Versailles" many years ago.