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Music -- and more -- in the Metro

Metro and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities are looking for D.C. -based performers to entertain the public at 10 stations in the District. The program is part of MetroPerforms! and is open to artists of all types -- singers, dancers, musicians, poets, whatever your talent is.

The artists will perform at Metro station entrances from June through September.

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Metro headquarters, 600 Fifth Street in Northwest Washington.

Metro worked with local arts councils to develop the program in 2007.

"We were very pleased with how popular the program has become with area artists and Metro travelers," said Michael McBride, Metro's Art in Transit program manager. "We look forward to working with the Arts Commission and with local artists to present another season of exciting performances."

Performers chosen for the program will undergo a background check, Metro said.

While we're on the subject of performing in Metro stations, here's a link to Gene Weingarten's story that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. This wasn't part of any Metro program, but Gene had the idea of having violinist Joshua Bell play at the L'Enfant Plaza Station. The story, video and audio are classics.

-- Staff reports

By Michael Bolden  | June 14, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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Anything to drown out the incessant and stupid overhead announcements.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Please list the 10 stations. I wish it were more, or that they would rotate into most in the city.

Posted by: sbuck | June 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

We already have people with music that sounds like tortured cats outside of Metro stations. Where will they go?

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Metro should seek performers who can fix elevators and escalators. Who can maintain trains that don't have door problems. Now that is a performance I would like to see.

Posted by: tsamm | June 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

With all of Metro's well-documented budget and safety problems, and the latest round of fare increases, why is the system still spending money on frills like this?

WMATA management actually tried to save some money here, but they were overruled by the WMATA Board of Directors, esp. Chris Zimmerman - see

Yet another reminder of the need to replace the WMATA Board, as the first step to rebuilding a responsible transit system.

Posted by: jrmil | June 14, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Instead, could we enforce silence? Most of us are either listening to our own music, engaged in conversations, or with our own thoughts. We don't need more cacophony than we already get, and we're not interested in what someone else has chosen for us to here (or worse, has chosen to believe will enhance their begging.)

Posted by: Stevis16 | June 15, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

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