This music was so beautiful today that I had to share it; unfortunately, the battery on my video camera died before I was finished filming. The quality of the sound is also NOTHING like it was live; it got garbled in the recording--but is still impressive anyhow.
Salaries for average Russians are much lower than the cost of living in Moscow; that's why it's so common to have doctors, lawyers, scientists, etc. earn extra money by picking up hitchhikers (that's how most people in the city "take a taxi"--you just stick out your hand). Artists earn extra money by performing in the passageways under the street (that's how you cross busy streets) or in the subway.
The quality of the music can vary, but it's bound to be good when you have such a concentration of world-class musicians in one place... And many, many students who are here to study at the conservatory and in real need of money.
I never heard a veritable orchestra in the subway when we were living in New York; this concert today was truly special. They were set up in the passageway linking the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station and the Kremlin/the Alexandrovsky Gardens.
(I have so many half-written posts adding up... Other neat things I've done around the city recently with the girls... I'm just too tired to complete them. Katya has been suffering from increasingly bad insomnia these past few months and it's hurting me almost as much as it's harming her. What seven-year-old can stay awake until 2:30 a.m.??!!! I'm too tired to read others' blogs and comment right now, or answer e-mail. I just offer up this short post for your enjoyment).