Thursday, May 30, 2013

Joshua Bell is the Man with the Violin

Author Kathy Stinson is ready to record!
Today, I was at Orange Lounge recording studio with author Kathy Stinson. She was reading her upcoming picture book, The Man with the Violin, so that we can add an audio track to the e-book edition. Both print and e-book editions of the book will be available this fall--click here for more information.

The Man with the Violin is based on a true story: in January 2007, renowned violinist Joshua Bell went undercover as a street musician and played a free concert in a Washington, D.C., subway station. At least a thousand people passed as he played, and yet no one stopped to listen, or applauded when he finished a piece. Joshua noticed that children often wanted to stop, but their parents hurried them along. The Man with the Violin imagines what the subway concert might have been like for one of those children. The picture book includes beautiful artwork by Dusan Petricic and a postscript from Joshua Bell.

If you're in Toronto, you're in luck: Joshua Bell is playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra next week, on June 5, 6, and 8. Click here to read more in the Toronto Star, or visit the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's website.


Anonymous said...

Very cool! Love the cover.

Jan Coates said...

Hope you'll get to meet Joshua, Kathy!

Suzanne de Montigny said...

Right down my alley. I love the story of how Joshua Bell went busking. But I seem to recall someone did recognize him who had been at his concert the night before and stopped and told him how much they loved his playing.

Joanna K said...

You're right, Suzanne! My mistake: at least seven people stopped for at least a minute. I don't know for sure, but you may be right about someone recognizing him from his concert, too. Thanks!

Kathy Stinson said...

Suzanne is right. If you watch one of the videos of the metro station concert, you can see a woman approach him at the end of it and even (if I recall correctly) here a bit of their conversation.

And Jan, I did get to meet Joshua Bell - just last night! More on that here, and on my own blog, soon!