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Joshua Bell's "Gershwin Fantasy" and his "Swan Lake" have gotten me through many a rough commute on New Jersey Transit. The violinist's early story is told in "The Dance of the Violin" written by Kathy Stinson and illustrated by Dusan Petricic on Annick Press. The book revolves around the Stulberg International String Competition, an annual contest of terrific young musicians. This year's will be Saturday, May 13. And it is here that Bell, who has played with every major orchestra and been hailed around the world, first came to prominence. In the book, we see the young Bell making music on whatever household objects he can find: combs, empty cardboard tubes, pots and pans and strumming rubber bands, which he stretched over bureau knobs.

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